Study Abroad at SCSU: Your American Grades and How to Understand Them

Study Abroad at SCSU: Your American Grades and How to Understand Them

Unfortunately, travelling across the Atlantic has not necessarily turned you into a genius... Jessica Rimmer guides you through the differences in the US grading system.  The expression of marks and grades differ greatly between the UK and the US. As percentage values don't carry the same grade weight, marks in the US are generally higher to those we're used at LJMU. It's fairly usual for students to receive marks in the 80 - 100% range, as this is considered the threshold for good work. Once tutors establish a student's percentage grade, they are able to convert it into a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F), which is then recorded on the student’s transcript. It is important to keep this in mind when receiving your percentage grades, as your interpretation of them may be clouded by your understanding of the UK grading system. For instance, if you were to receive 85% on your transcript in the US, you've not necessarily enhanced...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

The main message here is simple: don't panic! Jessica Rimmer guides you through the ways in which the grades you get at LJMU will differ from those at Southern.  The expression of marks and grades differ greatly between the US and the UK. As percentage values don't carry the same grade weight on both sides of the Atlantic, marks in the UK are generally lower. Therefore, receiving marks in the 60 - 70 percentage range is no reason to despair, as this is considered the threshold for strong work in the UK. Another UK grading difference is the way in which results are characterised, as GPAs don't exist over here. Instead, students receive a mean mark for each year of their studies, and results are ultimately categorised into final degree classifications such as 'first class', 'upper second', 'lower second', 'third' etc. In order to aid your understanding of these seemingly incomprehensible differences in grading, please consult the 'UK/US grading system conversion chart'...
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