Universities around the world use varying grading systems. In The Netherlands, a 10-point system is employed in both secondary and higher education. A grade of 10 is the highest. 6 is the minimum pass grade. When grading papers or tests, teachers tend to use decimal points as well, which makes 5,5 the minimum pass grade (which rounds up to 6 when recalculated to full points).


10 Outstanding *
9 Very good *
8 Good
7 More than satisfactory
6 Satisfactory
5 Almost satisfactory
4 Unsatisfactory
3 Very unsatisfactory
2 Poor
1 Very poor

* Grades 1-3 are hardly ever awarded and 9 and (especially) 10 are rare.

Last Modified: 02-02-2016