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Degree Equivalencies 
17th-Oct-2005 08:00 pm
[blah or mildly irritated]
It's amazing how long it takes me to find just what I'm looking for using Google.

I've been trying to figure out what level of UK degree my GPA would get me. Gah. You'd think that would have been easy, but I couldn't find an official answer until now.
17th-Oct-2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
so - what did you come up with? I keep going back and forth with mine..
17th-Oct-2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Well, the British Council for Education basically made the statement that they can't be equated.

But, that being said...here's the rough guide. :)

Seemingly, this is the best anyone can do.

1- 3.5-4.0 GPA
2:1- 3.0-3.5 GPA
2:2- 2.5-3.0 GPA
3/pass- 2.5 GPA

Considering how grading is so very lenient at some places and hard at others, I'm guessing that the reputation the school carries in the UK also has bearing.
18th-Oct-2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Interesting - I've been shoring myself then!! I've got about a 3.2 overall and I've been marking that as a 2:2. Yay!
17th-Oct-2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think it's hard to find out because there's no official standard as to what a "first" or a "lower second" actually *is*. IIRC there's actually nothing to stop universities having other grades of their own like "fourth" (Oxford did until the 1970s) or "starred first". So it really depends on which university is awarding the degree.

(At my university, if you passed a module your pass was graded 0 to 9. Then if the average of all your modules was less than 2, you got a first, less than 4 you got a 2.i, less than 6 you got a 2.ii, less than 8 you got a third, and otherwise you got a pass.)
17th-Oct-2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that complicates things. I was looking for a rough equivalent, with the standard degree levels (1, 2:1, 2:2, and 3) and trying to not think about all the extra variables. :)

17th-Oct-2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
You're a beast.
17th-Oct-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're goofy.

17th-Oct-2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Grades aren't really equivilent either though, are they?
17th-Oct-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Not entirely, but I'd like to have a rough idea of how these things work. There was nothing official for a long, long time but now the British Council on Education finally has some info. :)
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