Academic grading system of Germany is different from other countries. German schools, colleges and universities except law colleges grade their students according to 1 to 6 points. In this grading system 1 is the highest and 6 is the lowest grade.
Some German Universities grade their students 1 to 5 in which 1 is highest and 5 is the lowest grade. Here is the detail and comparison of German grading system with international grading system.
German Grading System International Grading System
1-1.5 (Sehr Gut/Excellent) A
1.6-2.3 (Gut/Very Good, with few errors) B
2.4-2.9 (Befriedigend/Good, with some errors) C
3.0-3.5 (Ausreichend/Satisfactory with many errors) D
3.6-4.0 (Sufficinet/This is the minimum grade to pass) E
4.0-5.0 (Not Satisfactory/Fail the exam) F
In 1-6 grading system students need minimum 5 grades to pass and 6 is the fail. You can compare your marks with German grading system according to your grades with this formula.
GR_TUM = 3 * [(GRmax – GRd) / (GRmax – GRmin)] + 1
GRmax => Highest possible grade in the non-German grading system, please expressed in numbers.
GRd => Grade earned in the non-German grading system.
GRmin => Lowest possible passing grade in the non-German grading system.
GRmax = 4 GPA
GRd = 3.03 GPA
GRmin = 1.75
=> GR_TUM = 3 * [(4 – 3.03) / (4 – 1.75)] + 1 = 2.29 (2.29 is your German Grade)