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Old 10-06-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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British Equivalent To American GPA System

I am looking to apply for an overseas trainee program that only allows students that have a 2:1 average. As an American, I have no idea what that means. Can someone explain how Brits grade their students?
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Hopefully their system isn't as screwy as ours!
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According to my daughter who is studying in England this semester, the Brits have a lower grading system. The highest grade for papers, for instance, is 80. That would equal our 100%.

Update: She sent this website:FAQs - US Study Abroad Advisors - Education - British Council USA
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I checked that website and while it gave me some idea, it still didn't say what a 2:1 equals in the States.
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Generally, a 2:1 would be about a 3.5, but there's really no standard method of comparison, apart from NARIC, who you can pay to translate your qualifications. Each programme/university sets its own minimum requirements for international applicants. Have you contacted them directly to ask?
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:37 PM   #6
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I did, but they couldn't give me an answer. They told me to check with my school's career advisor, which I would.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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