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Academic Grading System in Belgium

Education in Belgium is organised at the level of the three communities- French, Flemish and German-speaking community. Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north, the French-speaking southern part of Wallonia, and the German-speaking in the Eastern Cantons. 

Academic Grading Scales

Academic Grading of Flemish Community

In the Flemish Community-Flanders, following grading scale is used by the Universities and Colleges:

 Scale Grade Description (In Dutch)Grade Description (In English)  US Grade
 20.00 Met de grootste onderscheiding met felicitaties van de Examencommissie  With Highest honors-Congratulations of the Board of Examiners A+
 18.00-19.99 Met de grootste onderscheiding   With Full praise with highest honors-The greatest distinction A+
 16.00-17.99 Met grote onderscheiding  With Honors A
 14.00-15.99 Met onderscheiding  With distinction B
 12.00-13.99 Voldoening With reward/Satisfactory C
 10.00-11.99 Geslaagd   With reward/Pass C-minus-
 8.00-9.99 Niet geslaagd  Fail/Unsucessful, possibility of deliberation by compensation F
 0.00-7.99  Niet outvankelijk  Fail, without possibility of deliberation by compensation F

Academic Grading of French Community

In the French Community of Belgium, following grading scale is used by the higher education institutions:

 Scale Grade Description (In French) Grade Description (In English) US Grade
 20.00 La plus grande distinction avec les felicitations du jury  The highest distinction with the congratulations of the jury A+
 18.00-19.99 La plus grande distinction  The highest distinction A
 16.00-17.99 Grande distinction  High distinction A-minus-
 13.00-15.99 Distinction Distinction B
 10.00-11.99 Satisfaisant Satisfactory C
 0.00-9.99 echouer Fail F


ECTS Credit System

European Credit Transfer System, or ECTS is widely used by the Higher Education Institutions-Universities and Colleges in Belgium, see the details below:

 Grade Grade DescriptionUS Grade 
 A Excellent A
 B Very Good B+
 C Good B
 D Satisfactory C+
 E Sufficient C
 FX Fail F
 F Fail F
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