International Students

International Grade Conversions

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How do the averages convert? Are my grades competitive?

The following are only guidelines of what GPA/grades/marks are considered competitive.

Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.

 

British Curriculum (GCE)

  • A- and O-Level grades should be at A and B, with no individual grade lower than a C.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Approximately 30–35 IB predicted points on the full diploma, including bonus points.
  • Final IB grades in the range of 4 to 7 are considered competitive.

IB Grade

Percent Equivalent

7

98%

6

90%

5

82%

4

73%

3

55%

2

not accepted

1

not accepted

 

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • A combination of grades of 4 and 5.

AP Result

Percent Equivalent

5

96%

4

86%

3

76%

2

65%

 

China

  • A combination of A’s and B’s on the Joint Graduation Exam (Hui Kao) or a competitive score on the University Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) that would normally be required for admission to a key university in China. Results must be issued by the governing authority, not by the school.

 

USA

  • A minimum average of B+/A- or a GPA of approximately 3.3 on Advanced/Honor-level subjects.
  • SAT Reasoning and Subject Test scores ranging from 550–620. The minimum score required varies by subject area; see International Course Equivalencies for details. 

 

Other high school curricula using % scales

If your school has a passing grade of:

You need to present a minimum average of:

33% 63%
35% 67%
40% 71%
60% 80%
70% 82%

 

* Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the University of Alberta’s Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.