Grades and study results
Secondary education study results
The National Educational Assessment and Examinations Agency (NEAEA) scores each subject between 0 and 100 (subject mark). A score of 50 or higher is a pass. The scores of all subjects are added up and result in a total score. On the diploma, the total score is mentioned behind ‘Total’.
Checking study results online
You can check the study results online via the website of the NEAEA.
Admission to higher education: cut-off points
For admission to higher education, Ethiopian higher education institutions use cut-off points. Cut-off points are the minimum total scores that students need for admission to higher education. The cut-off points vary each year and per study programme.
Every year, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education announces the cut-off points for the upcoming year. You can find the 2021 cut-off point on the website of the Ministry of Education.
Secondary education documents
The following documents allow students to prove that they have completed Ethiopian secondary education:
- From 2021 onwards: the Secondary School Leaving Examination, issued by the NEAEA;
- Until 2020: the Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate, issued by the NEAEA.
- Only diplomas issued by the NEAEA are official. Students often receive a diploma and transcript from their secondary school as well. However, these documents are not sufficient for a credential evaluation.
- Students always receive the diploma, even if they have not passed or if they have failed a number of exams. Therefore, you have to take a good look at the results of a student in order to determine the level of the diploma. We explain in which case we compare the SSLE to a HAVO diploma under Secondary School Leaving Examination (SSLE).
Higher education study results
Ethiopian higher education institutions assess study results by using the following grading system:
|A+||4||First class with great distinction||Excellent|
|A||4||First class with great distinction||Excellent|
|A-||3.75||First class with great distinction||Excellent|
|B+||3.5||First class with distinction||Very good|
|B||3||First class with distinction||Very good|
|D||1||Lower class||Very poor|
Higher education documents
For higher education, students must show all their diplomas and transcripts.
Please note: usually, students first receive a provisional diploma: a Temporary Certificate of Graduation. They can receive the diploma later, often after they have fully paid off their tuition fees. In Ethiopia, this is called: ‘discharge of cost-sharing duty’.
Ethiopia has its own calendar: the Ethiopian Calendar. It is 8 years behind the Gregorian Calendar, the calendar we use. Which calendar is used on documents, depends on the educational institution. They usually indicate it with an abbreviation on the diplomas or transcripts: E.C. stands for the Ethiopian Calendar, G.C. is our (Gregorian) calendar. If nothing is mentioned about it on the documents, the educational institution uses the Ethiopian Calendar.
If you want to convert a graduation date from the Ethiopian Calendar to the date according to our calendar, there are several websites on the internet that can convert the date for you (converters). You can find such a website by searching the internet for 'Ethiopian calendar converter', for example.