Secondary education grading system

There is no established nationwide assessment system for secondary education in Pakistan. The boards for secondary education make use of their own assessment systems. Often these assessment systems look much alike. Many boards assess study results as follows:

  • Each subject is given a score between 0 and 100.
  • They add up the scores of all subjects. This is the total score.
  • They divide the total score by the highest possible total score (usually 1,100).
  • This results in a percentage.
  • They state this percentage as a grade on the diploma and/or transcript.

For example, the assessment system of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Islamabad (FBISE) is like this:

Grade Percentages Description
A1 80-100 Exceptional
A 70-79 Excellent
B 60-69 Very good
C 50-59 Good
D 40-49 Very fair
E 33-39 Fair
F 0-32 Fail

Please note: boards often only mention the grade on the diploma and/or transcript, not the percentage. Sometimes they differentiate between an internal grade (the result from the school exams) and an external grade (the result from the board exams). When we determine the level of a diploma, we only count the result from the board exams.

Higher education grading system

In higher education, the assessment systems may differ per institution. Many higher education institutions use the following system to assess study results:

Percentages Classification
80-100 Distinction
60-79 Division I
45-59 Division II
33-44 Division III
0-32 Fail

Please note:

  • Instead of ‘division’, the term ‘class’ is also frequently used.
  • You can often find an explanation of the classifications on the reverse of the grade list.