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Grading System in Barbados

The present Barbados educational system of various institutions, schools and colleges, is based on the British model of education. This is one of the prime factors in growing as well as stabilizing the model of education in the country. This has also helped to focus on English language as the main subject and medium of instruction all across. The system has also produced students who can match their skills and performances with various top institutions outside the country.

School Education Grading System

The school level chart is as below:

 School LevelGrade From Grade To Age From Age To
 Primary Primary School  5 11  
 Secondary CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Examinations   11 16
 Post-secondary CXC Caribbean Advanced Placement Examination (CAPE)   17 
 Tertiary College / University    

 Higher Education Grading System

The grading system constitutes of grade A onwards for outstanding to G for unsatisfactory. However the Universities and colleges have percentage marking systems. Caribbean Examination Council holds most examinations.

 Grade Description
 I A (Outstanding)
 II B (Good)
 III C (Fairly Good)
 V E
 VI F (Poor)

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

The CAPE Examinations use seven overall grades as mentioned below:

 Grade Grade DescriptionUS Grade
 I A (Excellent performance) A
 II A (Very good standard of performance)  A
 III C (Good standard of performance) B
 IV D (Satisfactory standard of performance) C
 V C (Acceptable level of performance) C
 VI F (Weak performance) D
 VII G (Unsatisfactory performance) F



 Grade DescriptionDivision US Grade
 First Class Honours 
 Second Class Honours Upper Division A- / B
 Second Class Honours  Lower Division B
 Pass   C

University Level Grading

 Grade ScaleUS Grade 
 A 85.00 - 100.00 A
 A- 80.00 - 84.99 A-
 B  75.00 - 79.99 B
 B 70.00 - 74.99 B
 B- 65.00 - 69.99 B-
 C  60.00 - 64.99 C
 C 55.00 - 59.99 C
 C- 50.00 - 54.99 C-
 D 40.00 - 49.99 FFail
 E 0.00 - 39.99 FFail

All these tables give a comprehensive summary of the educational marking and grading system in Barbados.
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