In the Philippines, some universities follow a 4-Point Scale, which resembles or is equivalent to the U.S. grading system. This system uses a grade between 0.00 to 4.00 wherein 4.00 is the highest and 0.00 being a failing mark.

Other universities follow a 5-Point Scale, wherein the highest grade is a 1.00 and the lowest is a 5.00 (failing mark). The lowest passing mark is actually a 3.00. Although usually not depicted, a grade of 4.00 is equivalent to a grade of incomplete. If the school does not use the grade point "4.00", it will use "INC" instead.

Most colleges and universities will use either the 4-Point or 5-Point Scales when presenting final grades. When scoring individual coursework, they will use the Percent Grade, Letter Grade, or both. More importantly, Philippine universities do not have standard grade equivalence. Different universities have varied equivalence range, while passing grades are subject to imposed academic quality of an institution.

K–12 (Kindergarten and Basic Education) always uses the Percent Grade, Letter Grade, or both.

GWA (general weighted average; similar to GPA) is a representation (often numerical) of the overall scholastic standing of students used for evaluation. GWA is based on the grades in all subjects taken at a particular level including subjects taken outside of the curriculum. Representation of the subjects taken only in a specific curriculum is called CWA, or curriculum weighted average.[1][2][3]

University of the Philippines Grading Point System[4]

Equivalence

Equivalence

Equivalence GPA

Equivalence

Description
1.0 A+ 99–100% 4.000 Excellent
1.25 A 96–98% 3.625–3.999 Very Good
1.5 A- 93–95% 3.250–3.624
1.75 B+ 90–92% 2.875–3.249 Good
2.0 B 87–89% 2.500–2.874
2.25 B- 84–86% 2.125–2.499 Satisfactory
2.5 C+ 81–83% 1.750–2.124
2.75 C 78–80% 1.375–1.749 Pass
3.0 C- 75.00–77.74% 1.000–1.374
4.0 D Conditional
5.0 F Below 60% 0.000 Fail
INC Incomplete
Central Colleges of the Philippines Grade Point System
1.00 96–100% Excellent
1.25 94–95% Very Good
1.50 91–93% Very Good
1.75 88–90% Good
2.00 85–87% Good
2.25 83–84% Good
2.50 80–82% Fair
2.75 78–79% Fair
3.00 75–77% Pass
5.00 Below 75% Failure
INC Incomplete
NA No Attendance
UW Unauthorized Withdrawal
DRP Dropped
NC No Credit

 Grade Point Equivalence Equivalence Description 1.00 97.50-100 % Excellent 1.25 94.50-97.49 % Very Good 1.50 91.50-94.49 % Very Good 1.75 88.50-91.49 % Very Good 2.00 85.50-88.49 % Satisfactory 2.25 82.50-85.49 % Satisfactory 2.50 79.50-82.49 % Satisfactory 2.75 76.50-79.49 % Fair 3.00 74.50-76.49 % Fair 3.25-5.00 Below 74.49 Failed Dropped (DRP) – Official Dropped Incomplete (INC) – Incomplete Requirements

Other universities, such as the Ateneo de Manila University and its sister schools, use the letter grade system with varied grade equivalence range.

University of Santo Tomas Grade Point System

Equivalence

Equivalence Description
1.00 96–100% Excellent
1.25 94–95% Very Good
1.50 92–93% Very Good
1.75 89–91% Good
2.00 87–88% Good
2.25 84–86% Good
2.50 82–83% Fair
2.75 79–81% Fair
3.00 75–78% Pass
5.00 Below 75% Failure
INC Incomplete
FA Failure due to Absences
WP Withdrew with Permission
WF Withdrew without Permission (Failure)
San Beda University Grade Point System
(Effective since AY 2014-2015)
1.00 98–100% Excellent
1.25 95–98% Very Good
1.50 92–95% Very Good
1.75 89–92% Good
2.00 86–89% Good
2.25 83–86% Good
2.50 80–83% Fair
2.75 78–80% Fair
3.00 75–78% Pass
5.00 Below 75% Failure
INC Incomplete (No Final Examination)
EXM Exempted from NSTP
DV Withdrew with Permission
DF Withdrew without Permission (Failure)

The Grading System of San Beda University is zero-based in nature which implies no transmutations are to be made.

Tarlac State University College of Engineering and Technology Grade Point System
1.00 99–100% Excellent
1.25 95–98% Very Good
1.50 90–94%
1.75 85–89% Good
2.00 80–84%
2.25 75–79% Satisfactory
2.50 70–74%
2.75 65–69% Passing
3.00 60–64%
5.00 <60% Failing
INC Incomplete

The description mentioned in the table was based on Tarlac State University (TSU) Student Handbook. In addition, the grade of "INC" is given if a student whose class standing for the semester is passing, fails to take the final examination or fails to complete other course requirements for valid reason (Chap. 8, Sec. 1, TSU Student Handbook).

(Effective since AY 2021)[5]
Grade Symbols Description (Master's and Diploma Programs Description (Doctoral Programs) US Equivalence (IERF)[6]
1.00 Excellent Excellent A+ = 4.00
1.25 Highly Meritorious Very Satisfactory A = 4.00
1.50 Very Satisfactory Satisfactory A− = 3.75
1.75 Satisfactory Lowest Satisfactory Grade B+ = 3.30
2.00 Lowest Satisfactory Grade Poor Performance B = 3.00
2.25 Poor Performance Poor Performance B− = 2.75
2.50 Poor Performance Poor Performance C+ = 2.30
2.75 Poor Performance Poor Performance C = 2.00
3.00 Poor Performance Poor Performance C = 2.00
5.00 Failure Failure F = 0.00
C Continuing Continuing
I Incomplete Incomplete
W Official Withdrawal Official Withdrawal
IP In Progress In Progress
P Passed Passed
F Failed Failed
Au Audit Audit
University of the East Grade Point System
(Effective since AY 2021)[7]
Grade Point Equivalence Percent Letter Description
1.00 98% - 100% A+ Excellent
1.25 95% - 97% A Excellent
1.50 92% - 94% A- Very Good
1.75 89% - 91% B+ Very Good
2.00 86% - 88% B Good
2.25 83% - 85% B- Good
2.50 80% - 82% C+ Fair
2.75 77% - 79% C Passed
3.00 75% - 76% C- Passed
4.00 70% - 74% D Conditional

(4.00 is not given as a Final grade but only as a Prelim or Midterm grade)

5.00 Below 70% F Failed
LFR - Lacks Final Requirement
W - Officially Dropped/Withdrawn
D - Unofficially Dropped
IP - In Progress
LOA - Leave of Absence

Far Eastern University Grade Point System
(Effective since A.Y. 2013)[8]
A 4.00 92–100% Excellent
B+ 3.50 85–91% Very Good
B 3.00 78–84% Very Good
C+ 2.50 71–77% Good
C 2.00 64–70% Satisfactory
D+ 1.50 57–63% Satisfactory
D 1.00 50–56% Passed
F 0.00 Below 49% Failed
AW 0% Authorized Withdrawal
Far Eastern University Institute of Technology Grade Point System

(Effective since A.Y. 2018)[9]

Raw Score Grade Point Equivalence Letter Rating Percentage Equivalence Comparative Grade Point Description
95.8-100% 4.00 A 97-100 1.0 Excellent
91.5-95.7% 3.50 A- 93-96 1.25 Very Good
87.2-91.4% 3.00 B+ 89-92 1.5 Very Good
82.9-87.1% 2.50 B 85-88 1.75 Good
78.6-82.8% 2.00 B- 81-84 2.0 Satisfactory
74.3-78.5 1.50 C 78-80 2.50 Satisfactory
70.0-74.2 1.00 D 75-77 3.0 Passed
Below 70.0 0.50 E Below 75 5 Failed
Other Ratings
0.0 No Attendance/Excessive Absences
6.0 Passed (For Internship/NSTP/Correlation Courses)
7.0 Officially Dropped
8.0 Credited (for Transferees)
9.0 Incomplete
National University-Manila Grade Point System[10][failed verification]
4.00 96–100% Excellent
3.50 90–95% Very Good
3.00 84–89% Good
2.50 78–83% Above Satisfactory
2.00 72–77% Satisfactory
1.50 66–71% Fair
1.00 60–65% Passed
0.00 Failure Failed
R < 60% Repeat/Failed
DR Officially Dropped Officially Dropped
INC Incomplete Incomplete
(Effective since June 1992)
Numerical Grade Point Equivalent Percentage Description
3.8–4.0 97–100% Excellent
3.3–3.7 93–96% Superior
2.8–3.2 89–92% Good
2.3–2.7 85–88% Above Average
1.8–2.2 81–84% Average
1.3–1.7 77–80% Below Average
1.0–1.2 73–76% Passing
0.0 72 and below Failure
Adventist University of the Philippines, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute

Equivalence

Equivalence Description
4.00 97–100% Excellent
3.50 93–96% Superior
3.00 89–92% Very Good
2.50 85–88% Good
2.00 80–84% Satisfactory
1.50 75–79% Fair
1.00 70–74% Pass
0.00 Below 70% Fail
De La Salle University Grade Point System[11]

Equivalence

Description Equivalence

(60% passing)

Equivalence

(70% passing)

Notes
4.00 Excellent 95–100% 97–100%
3.50 Superior 89–94% 93–96%
3.00 Very Good 83–88% 89–92% Minimum term GPA to be eligible for Dean's Honors List
2.50 Good 78–82% 85–88%
2.00 Satisfactory 72–77% 80–84% Minimum course grade to be eligible for Dean's Honors List
1.50 Fair 66–71% 75–79%
1.00 Passed 60–65% 70–74%
0.00 Failed Below 60% Below 70%
INC Incomplete For students who fail to complete their enrolled course.
P Pass For pass/fail courses only.
F Fail For pass/fail courses only.
D Deferred
W Withdrawn
With No Fail Policy implemented.

Note: The following grades are considered non-numerical and have no effect on the calculation of term GPA and cumulative GPA.

5.0 / WP Withdrawn Student-initiated withdrawal (“Withdrawn Personally or with Permission”).
6.5 / W Withdrawal due to failure.

While most courses at De La Salle University-Manila maintain the above table for a passing grade of 60%, there are some courses where the passing grade can also be 50%, 55%, 65%, or 70%, in which the grade point equivalences would vary.

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Grade Point System[12]

Equivalence

Equivalence Notes
4.00 98–100%
3.75 95–97%
3.50 92–94% Minimum semester GPA to be eligible for Dean's Honor List 1st Honors
3.25 89–91%
3.00 86–88% Minimum semester GPA to be eligible for Dean's Honor List 2nd Honors
2.75 83–85%
2.50 80–82%
2.25 77-79%
2.00 74-76%
1.75 71-73%
1.50 68-70%
1.25 64-67%
1.00 60-63%
0.00 Below 60% Fail due to:
• Inability to satisfy the minimum requirements of the subject/s
• Excessive absences

Ateneo de Davao University Letter Grade System
Quality Point Equivalence Letter Grade Equivalence % Equivalence
4.0 A 92–100%
3.5 B+ 88–91%
3.0 B 84–85%
2.5 C+ 80–83%
2.0 C 76–79%
1.0 D 72–75%
0.0 F 71% and lower
Ateneo de Manila University Letter Grade System
4.0 A 92–100%
3.5 B+ 87–91%
3.0 B 83–86%
2.5 C+ 79–82%
2.0 C 75–78%
1.0 D 70–74%
0.0 F below 70%

Most academic departments in the university follow a grading system with the 70% passing grade. Some departments, such as the Department of Finance and Accounting and departments from the Ateneo School of Science and Engineering follow a 50% or 60% passing grade.

International School Manila Letter Grade System
4.0 A 94–100%
3.7 A− 90–93%
3.3 B+ 87–89%
3.0 B 83–86%
2.7 B− 80–82%
2.3 C+ 77–79%
2.0 C 73–76%
1.7 C− 70–72%
1.3 D+ 67–69%
1.0 D 63–66%
0.7 D− 60–62%
0.0 F below 60%

Some Philippine universities and colleges give Latin honors in conveying the level of distinction that an academic degree has been earned.

De La Salle University-Manila, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Latin Honors[13]
Latin Honors Grade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude 3.800–4.000
Magna Cum Laude 3.600–3.799
Cum Laude 3.400–3.599
Honorable Mention[14] 3.200–3.399
University of Santo Tomas, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Latin Honors.
Latin Honors Grade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude 1.20–1.00
Magna Cum Laude 1.45–1.21
Cum Laude 1.75–1.46
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law and Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Latin Honors
Latin Honors Grade Point Equivalence Range Equivalence
Summa Cum Laude 1.00–1.50 92% and above
Magna Cum Laude 1.51–1.85 88.5% to 91.9%
Cum Laude 1.86–2.10 86% to 88.4%

Prerequisite for UST's Latin Honors or Dean's Lister distinction are the following: QPI should be at least 86%, no grade below 80% for any subject in the given semester, and the student should obtain a good moral character.

Ateneo de Manila University Latin Honors
Latin Honors Grade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude 3.87–4.00
Magna Cum Laude 3.70–3.86
Cum Laude 3.50–3.69
Honorable Mention 3.35–3.49

## References

1. ^ - Learning Styles in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Accessed February 14, 2009.
2. ^ "UP Diliman Faculty Manual" (PDF). University of the Philippines Diliman. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-01-11.