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Grade point average and grading - PPLE

Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA) is a weighted average of the final grades for the academic core courses and the major courses. From the  2020 academic year, elective and minor courses are also included  in the GPA calculations. The GPA listed on your diploma supplement will display two digits to the right of the decimal point.

Please note that the (summa) cum laude requirements apply to all courses listed on the diploma supplement, including elective and minor courses.


From 2018/19, changes were introduced as part of a central university policy with the aim of making the grading process more uniform across faculties and programmes.  For PPLE grading, the following changes were made:

  • Final grades no longer rounded to .0 or .5
  • Final grades are displayed to one decimal point, i.e.  .2, .3, etc. UNLESS the final grade falls from 5.1 to 5.9 in which case it is rounded to 5.0 or 6.0

Prior to the 2018/19 academic year, PPLE grades were calculated as follows:

  • Final grades above 6.0  rounded to the nearest half number.
  • Final grades below 6.0  rounded to the nearest whole number.
  • Students with an average above 5.5, but who failed a course component with a minimum required grade of 5.5, receive NAV grade (did not meet requirements)
  • Students with an average below 5.5 and who failed a non-compensable component, receive the failing grade, not NAV

Please note that the information above concerns final grades as opposed to grades for interim course components. Final grades are the equivalent of final marks.

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