Students Tilburg University

ECTS grading system

The grading system is a key issue in the academic recognition process for students participating in international mobility programs. Grading systems vary according to host countries and institutions which increases the difficulty and complexity of transfer of study results. Therefore, having in mind the different grading systems in Europe, a grading scale has been developed in the framework of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to make the comparison between different national scales easier and the assessment process more transparent.

ECTS grading scale

The ECTS grading scale allows the qualitative assessment of students' performance in the subjects attended at the host institution.

At the first level, this grading system divides students into two separate groups:

  • Pass
    divided into four subgroups, which are A-B-C-D/E.
  • Fail

ECTS grading system

The ECTS grading scale ranks the students on a statistical basis. Therefore, statistical data on student performance is a prerequisite for applying the ECTS grading system.

Grades are assigned among students as follows:
European grade (ECTS) Dutch Grade American Grade Percentage of succesful students achieving the grade Definition
A 9.5-10.0 / 8.5-9.0 A+ / A 10 EXCELLENT: outstanding performance with only minor errors
B 8.0-7.5 A / B+ 25 VERY GOOD: above the average standard but with some errors
C 7.0-6.5 B / C+ 30 GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D/E 6.0 C 35 SUFFICIENT: performance meets criteria
FX 5.5-5.0 D / F   FAIL: some more work required before the credit can be awarded
F less than 5.0 F   FAIL: considerable further work is required