Academic grading in Indonesia

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In Indonesia, a grade point average ranging from 1 to 10 is used (Before KBK-Competency Based Curriculum was used):

  • 10: Exceptional (highest grade; rarely given)
  • 9: Outstanding (highest common grade)
  • 8: Very good
  • 7: Good
  • 6: Pass (lowest passing grade in general)
  • 5: Highest failing grade for certain subjects (such as Religious Education, Mother Tongue/Indonesian Language, and Moral Education)
  • 4: Passing grade in some subjects, a failing grade in others
  • 3: Highest failing grade in general
  • 2: Failing grade
  • 1: Failing grade (lowest possible grade)

After minister of education approved the use of Competency Based Curriculum in Indonesia, the grade point was made ranging from 0 to 100. However, the passing score differ between one subject and another.

  • 100: Highest point (rarely given)
  • 99-75: Passing score in all subjects (above average)
  • 55-74: Pass or not differ from each subjects. Some subjects use a point between this range as a passing score. For example, in a subject student must get more than 69 to pass, while some subjects require students to have at least 56 (more than 55) to pass.
  • <54: Student are considered failed and must re-exam with the highest score are the passing mark and not greater than that.

A student is to repeat a year if he or she earns a failing grade in any core subject (Mathematics, Indonesian Language, Religious Education, and some other subjects assigned by the student's major) or if the student fails in more than two non-core subjects.

Grading system for the university is, however, different. Grades are usually assigned in letters, following four-point system. Generally, Indonesian universities equate A with numerical value of 4.0 and E with 0.0. Some universities also employs intermediate grades such as A- and B+. This following list describes the common practice:

Range Grade Letter Grade Point Notes
100 A 4
91.75 A- 3.67
83.25 B+ 3.33
75 B 3
66.75 B- 2.67
58.25 C+ 2.33
50 C 2
41.75 C- 1.67
33.25 D+ 1.33
25 D 1
16.75 D- 0.67
8.25 E+ 0.33
0 E 0

The lowest passing grade in an exam is usually D or 1 point and to be considered for graduation students must obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. However, it should be noted that universities are basically free to (and hence, might) adopt different grading system or use grade standards at will. Such example are the Tenth of November Institute of Technology, Airlangga University and Bandung Institute of Technology which, since 2009, it began to use half-grades AB (3.50), BC (2.50) and/or CD (1.50).

Range Grade Letter Grade Point Notes
85-100 A 4 Very good
75-84 B 3 Good
60-74 C 2 Fair
50-59 D 1 Bad
0-49 E 0 Fail
K Lack of requirements
T Unavailable
Latin Honors Grade Point
Summa Cum Laude 3.90-4.00
Magna Cum Laude 3.76-3.89
Cum Laude 3.50-3.75