Grades and study results
Secondary education study results
Since 2001, secondary education schools have been assessing study results with the letters A through E, with an A as the highest score and E as the lowest possible passing grade.
For the GCE O/L and GCE A/L, the Department of Examinations uses the following system to assess study results:
|74-65||Very Good Pass||B||Very good|
Secondary education documents
The Department of Examinations is responsible for the national examinations that students take at the end of key stage 1 (grades 10-11) and key stage 2 (grades 12- 13). The Department of Examinations also awards the official diplomas:
- General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level); and
- General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level).
Please note: documents from secondary schools are therefore not official.
Higher education study results
Higher education institutions use a number of grading systems in conjunction. One system uses a 100-point scale. Sometimes, the points are therefore given as percentages, with 100% (100 points) as the highest score. In addition, institutions also use letters (grades) and a Grade Point Average (GPA).
For example, the University of Colombo uses the following 3 systems to assess study results:
|Score (marks)||Grade||Grade Point Average (GPA)|
Some institutions award students with good study results with an honours classification (1st/2nd class), denoted on their diploma. Institutions use the GPA system to calculate who is eligible for an honours classification.
Higher education documents
Students can prove that they have completed a higher education study programme with the following documents:
- a diploma; and
- a grade list, preferably an official transcript of record.