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Modified Bavarian Formula
The Modified Bavarian Formula is a widely accepted method for converting foreign grades into the German grading system. This formula is also the most used for most German grade calculators.
It is important to note that this formula is not a one-size-fits-all solution, as different German universities may slightly modify it to suit their specific needs. However, it provides a general understanding of how your grades might be evaluated in Germany as you apply to a German university.
The German grading system
In Germany, grades are typically awarded on a scale from 1.0 to 6.0, with 1.0 being the highest and 6.0 the lowest. German universities commonly only use the scale from 1.0 to 5.0, whereby 5.0 means fail. The table below gives you an overview of the grade distribution with percentages.
|German Grade||Percentage||Meaning||Pass or Fail|
|1.0 - 1.5||90 - 100%||Very good – sehr gut||Pass|
|1.6 - 2.5||75 - 89%||Good – gut||Pass|
|2.6 - 3.5||60 - 74%||Satisfactory – befriedigend||Pass|
|3.6 - 4.0||50 - 59%||Sufficient - ausreichend||Pass|
|5.0||0 - 49%||Failed – nicht bestanden||Fail|
How to convert letter grades
If your previous grading system uses letter grades, you can simply assign a number to each letter before using the German grade calculator. It could look as follows:
- A+ is equivalent to 1
- A is equivalent to 2
- B is equivalent to 3
- C is equivalent to 4
- D is equivalent to 5
- E is equivalent to 6
This example is functional if the minimum passing grade is D.
Understanding the German grading system is vital for your journey as an international student in Germany.
Please note that the German grade calculator only provides a standardised method for conversion. Therefore, keep in mind that individual universities may have slight variations in their evaluation systems. Always confirm with your university for the exact requirements.
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Last update: October 6, 2023