In the United States the educational grading system comprises of 5 letter grades. A student can achieve grades between A, B, C, D and F. An A grade denotes the highest mastery or proficiency level, B indicates above average performance, C denotes an average proficiency, D shows a poor performance and F indicates a failing grade.
Schools and colleges also use variables in grades such as an A+, A-, B+, B-, C+, C-, D+ and D-. Getting a C grade or D in certain schools is considered as the lowest pass grade. This is more common in primary and secondary schools. If your school or college uses a custom grading scale please use the change grade system tool to set new values and find your grade.
The most common grading system used in high schools is shown in the table below.
The most common grade system used in colleges is illustrated in the table below.
Grades are assigned to students based on different components such as homework, class assignments, midterm tests and performance on the final exams. Each class or subject is assigned a particular weight in percentage points.
Try our grade calculator to easily calculate your grades. To calculate your final grade or how much you would need to score to attain a certain grade, use our final grade calculator. This tool helps you easily calculate your required grade average.
For example, a history class may have a lower weight towards the overall grade, while a math class would have a higher weightage. The weighted grade system allows for schools and colleges to determine which subjects need a higher level of proficiency.