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Conversion Table for US GPA to UK class degrees

US Degree Classifications versus UK Degree Classifications

Converting overseas degree classifications on CVs to the local equivalent is vital, particularly in the UK.

We discovered this table online for converting US degree classifications into UK degree classes. This is very important for US graduates wanting to work or train in the UK to try and use the UK equivalent grading system on their CV.

British Class      American GPA             Secured Marks Level(%)



Upper Second———3.33-3.67——–60-69

Lower Second———3.00————–50-59


Ordinary Pass———-2.00—————35-40

This table apparently comes from a US government department charged with assessing the levels so should be fairly accurate – see The Fulbright Commission pages for more info.

NB: We have also had a table sent to us by Mr Saif Basheer of the Kuwaiti Embassy in London.

I have been doing a comparative study for the UK and US degrees, and after extensive correspondence with UK universities and some in the US as I have arrived at this table (below);



Letter Mark Mark Grade
A 4 From 70 First (I)
A – 3.67 66.7 Second Upper (II:i)
B + 3.33 63.3 Second Upper (II:i)
B 3 60 Second Upper (II:i)
B – 2.67 56.7 Second Lower (II:ii)
C + 2.33 53.3 Second Lower (II:ii)
C 2 (minimum to graduate) 50 Second Lower (II:ii)
C – 46.7 Third (III)
D + 43.3 Third (III)
D 40 Third (III)

Kind regards,,

Mr. Saif Basheer
Head, Postgraduate Department
Kuwait Cultural Office
Kuwait Embassy – London

If anyone else has any contributions to make to either table, please let us know…


Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 17 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at