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Grading System in Kuwait

There are different grading systems adopted by different countries to evaluate the academic performance of students on common scale. The Ministry of Kuwait has set the regulations governing evaluation and examination so that there is an accurate guide to assist in assessing students and facilitating evaluation process.

Kuwait employs a four-point academic grading system and percentages. The grading system that is generally followed in the country is as follows:

 GradeScale
Grade Description
US Grade
 A 94.00 - 100.00 Distinction A
 A- 90.00 - 93.99 Distinction A-
 B  86.00 - 89.99 Very Good B
 B 82.00 - 85.99 Very Good
 B
 B- 80.00 - 81.99 Very Good B-
 C  76.00 - 79.99 Good C
 C 72.00 - 75.99 Good C
 C- 70.00 - 71.99 Good C-
 D  66.00 - 69.99 Satisfactory D
 D 62.00 - 65.99 Satisfactory D
 D- 60.00 - 61.99  D-
 F 0.00 - 59.99 Fail
 F
           

The specific grading systems followed by some of the other universities are as follows:

  • Grading System Followed in Kuwait University
 Grade Points
 A  4.00
 A 3. 67
 B  3.33
 B 3.00
 B- 2.67
 C  2.33
 C 2.00
 C- 1.67
 D  1.33
 D 1.00
 F 

  • Grading System for PAAET
 PAAET US Equivalent
 A, 4.0  A
 B , 3.5
 B
 B, 3.0 B
 C , 2.5 C
 C, 2.0 C
 D , 1.5 D
 D, 1.0 D
 F, 0.0 F

  •  Grading System for Technical Training Centers in Kuwait
 Grade PointsGrade Description
 A 90-100% = 4 Distinction
 B 80-89.9% = 3 Very good
 C 70-79.9% = 2 Good
 D 60-69.9% = 1 Pass
 F 0-59. 9% = 0 Poor

  • Grading System Followed in the American University of Kuwait

 GPA Letter GradePercentage
 Letter Grade Explanation
 4.00 A 94-100 An “A” is the highest grade that can be achieved, which reflects on the student’s outstanding performance on assignments, examinations, attendance and conduct.
 3.70 A- 90-93 A-
 3.30 B  87-89 B
 3.00 B 84-86 A “B” is a representation of the student being active in class, demonstrating leadership qualities.
 2.70 B- 80-83 B-
 2.30 C  77-79 C
 2.00 C 74-76 A “C” is denotes satisfactory performance, where the student has met the minimum standard for passing the course.
 1.70 C- 70-73 AUK does not award the grade “C-” in its courses.
 1.30 D   AUK does not award the grade “D ” in its courses.
 1.00 D 64-66 A “D” implies that a student has limited understanding of the course and does not display any leadership quality. It is a just a passing grade for some of the General Education courses not necessary for the major.
 0.70 D- 60-63 AUK does not award the grade “D-” in its courses.
 0.00 F 0-59 An “F” represents a failing grade.
0.00FN0-59This grade is used only by the Intensive English Program to imply failure for non-attendance.

Grade notations that are not calculated in the GPA
  • I = Incomplete
  • AU Audit = No credit
  • P = Pass (for Pass/No Pass option only)
  • NP = No Pass (for Pass/No Pass option only)
  • W = Withdrawal
  • NR = Not Reported

  • Grading System Followed in the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)
 Grade Scale
 A 95-100
 A- 90-94
 B  87-89
 B 83-86
 B- 80-82
 C  77-79
 C 73-76
 C- 70-72
 D 60-69
 F 0-59

  • Grading System Followed in the Box Hill College Kuwait - Higher Education for Women
 GradePoints
 A  4
 A 4
 A- 3.7
 B  3.3
 B 3
 B- 2.7
 C  2.3
 C 2
 C- 1.7
 D  1.3
 D 1
 D- 0.7
 F 0

  • Grading System Followed in the Kuwait International Law College
 Grade Points
 A 4
 A- 3.67
 B  3.33
 B 3
 B- 2.67
 C  2.33
 C 2
 C- 1.67
 D  1.33
 D 1
 F 0


  • Grade notations that are not calculated in the GPA
    • •• Fa = Fail for absence
    • P = Pass
    • Inc = Incomplete
    • CC = Grade postponed for later assessment
    • W = Withdrawal from the course
    • TR = Transfer
    • Na = The grade is postponed
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