In Austria, academic grades use a 5-point grading scale with no decimals, where:[1]

Academic Grading in Austria
Grade Points German meaning English meaning Explanation
1 89-100 Sehr gut Very good Outstanding performance with no or only minor errors
2 76-88 Gut Good Above-average standard but with some errors
3 63-75 Befriedigend Satisfactory Average performance with a number of notable errors
4 51-62 Genügend Adequate Standard but with a significant number of shortcomings
5 0-50 Nicht genügend Unsatisfactory Failing grade

Details of the Austrian system

The Austrian grading system offers a range of five different grades (1 to 5), with 1 (Sehr gut) being the highest and 5 (Nicht genügend) the lowest grade. Students must be evaluated according to objective standards and need to earn at least a grade of 4 (Genügend) in order to pass a course.[1]

Usually, the top 10% of successful students in class earn a 1 (Sehr gut). However, all passing grades (1 to 4) permit for further studies at university.

The GPA is commonly used to measure academic success and has become increasingly important for application purposes. Nowadays, most employers ask for your last school certificate when applying for an apprenticeship. The Austrian system is similar to the German system.


  1. ^ a b "Course Information". Retrieved 2022-12-06.