- Basic facts
- Grading practice in The Netherlands
- Comparison of grading systems
In the Netherlands, the traditional grading scale is from 1 to 10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 the highest grade. The passing mark for a single subject is 5.5. Grades 1-3 are very rarely given, and the same is true for grades 9-10. The most common grades in higher education are 6 and 7.
|7||More than satisfactory|
|Abbreviations in the transcript|
|Abbreviations in Dutch||Abbreviations in English||Explanation|
|ER||AOR||At own risk|
|NGR||NR||Still no result|
n Dutch higher education the grade 8 is awarded in the top 15 to 25% of cases, depending on the field of study. Based on data from 2006 regarding examinations, the percentages of grades were as follows:
10 = 0.50%
7 = 40.00%
4 = 0.08%
9 = 2.70%
6 = 35.00%
3 = 0.03%
8 = 14.00%
5 = 6.80%
1 or 2 = -
Several countries use grading systems that look similar to the one used in Holland. One example is the 1-100 system. However, it would be inaccurate to compare a 90-100 grade in such a system with a 10 in the Dutch system, or a 80-90 with a 9, and so on.
See for more information on the website of the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education.