The German school grades system differs considerably from other countries. If no one has explained to you how the school grades system in Lower Saxony exactly works, it might happen that you cannot interprete your children’s results!
Due to this reason, read the following explanation carefully to clear out all your doubts regarding Primary & Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary grades in Lower Saxony.
The German School Grades System
Lower Saxony uses a 6-point grading scale to rate children at Primary and lower Secondary School (1st to 10th grade). Basically, there is a scale from 1 to 6, 1 being the best possible grade. From 1 to 4 means pass, 5 and 6 are considered a failing grade, although it does not mean that you child must repeat a year if the performance was satisfactory in the other areas.
Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium: 11th-12/13th grade), the grades function according to a point system from 4 to 15; 15 being the best grade. From 15 to 4 is a pass grade, but under, 4 insufficient.
Very Good – Sehr gut (Note: 1)
Congrats! You obtained an excellent and outstanding result!
Primary & lower Secondary School and Upper School results differ. The box shows the responding description for the grade:
Good – Gut (Note: 2)
Well done! You obtained a good result! In Secondary School the equivalent would be 12, 11 and 10.
Satisfactory – Befriedigend (Note: 3)
You passed the examination but without any merits. The equivalent in Secondary School would be 9, 8 and 7.
Sufficient – Ausreichend (Note: 4)
Well, you passed but you are really on the borderline! The equivalent in Secondary School would be 6, 5 and 4. Be more prepared next time!
Insufficient – Mangelhaft (Note: 5)
Ohhhhh, you might need to study a bit more next time. The equivalent in Secondary School would be 3,2 and 1.
Defficient – Ungenügend (Note: 6)
Well, you could have stayed at home… The equivalent in Secondary School would be 0!
Is i clearer now? If you would like to receive further information, you can always contact our guidance team situated at different places in Lower Saxony and make an appointment. They will be glad to help you further!
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