Grading at Utrecht University
Grading at Utrecht University is different from grading in other countries, in the sense that we grade on an absolute basis and on a 10 point grading scale. The grade you receive, shows to which extent you have attained a course’s learning objectives. Regardless of your grade, you will always receive the credits (EC) assigned to a particular course, usually 7.5 EC.
Ten point grading scale
In the 10 point grading scale, 1 is the lowest grade and 10 the highest. A 7, for example, means you scored above average on your exam and an 8 corresponds to an A. Only very rarely, students will score a 9 or 10.
You will need a passing grade (a 5.5) for all courses that are part of your programme in order to graduate. If you failed an exam with a 4 or higher, you are allowed a resit. If you fail this as well, you must retake the course. You cannot take an additional or substitute test if you have been awarded a pass.
Weighted average grade
The International Diploma Supplement (an addendum to your diploma) shows a weighted average grade the ten point scale. We calculate this by multiplying all numerical grades on the International Diploma Supplement with the credits obtained for that course, and by dividing this sum by the sum of credits.