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Grading, Academic Year and Language of Instruction Saudi Arabia

Grading System

Secondary School Grading Scale

 ScaleGrade description (In English) Grade description (In Arabic) US Grade 
 90.00-100.00 Excellent ممتاز A
 75.00-89.99 Very Good جيد جدًا  B
 60.00-74.99 Good جيد  C
 50.00-59.00 Pass مقبول‎  D
 0.00-49.99 Fail راسب F

University Level Grading Scale

The higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia use a 5-point grade scale.

 Scale 1 Scale 2 GradeGrade description (In English) Grade description (In Arabic) US Grade 
 95.00-100.00 4.76-5.00 A+ Exceptional ممتاز مرتفع  A+
 90.00-94.99 4.51-4.75 A Excellent ممتاز
 A
 85.00-89.99 4.01-4.50 B+ Superior
 جيد جداً مرتفع 
 A-minus-
 80.00-84.99 3.51-4.00 B Very Good جيد جداً B+
 75.00-79.00 2.51-3.00 C+ Above Average جيد مرتفع  B
 70.00-74.99 2.01-2.50 C Good جيد B-minus-
 65.00-69.99 1.01-2.00 D+ High pass مقبول مرتفع  C+
 60.00-64.99 0.00-1.00 D Pass مقبول  C
 0.00-59.99 0.00-1.00 F Fail راسب  F
 0.00-59.99  DN Denial محروم F
   IC Incomplete غير مكتمل  
   W Withdrawl منسحب 

Academic Year 

Saudi Arabia uses the Islamic Lunar Calendar.

Schools Academic Year

The school academic year begins in August-end and concludes in June. The school year comprises of 2 or 3 terms. The dates are different for public and private schools. Also, there is a long summer break.

University Academic Year

The university academic year consists of 2 semesters that starts in September and ends in June. In vocational and technical education sector, many of the institutions have 3 semesters.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction in Saudi Arabia is Arabic. Though, some of the private higher education institution’s language of instruction is English. Also, many of the study programmes are available in English.
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