Academic grading in Philippines

Overview of academic grading in the Philippines

The Philippines has varied university grading systems. Most colleges, universities, particularly public institutions, follow the grade point system scale of 5.00 - 1.00, in which 1.00 is the highest grade and 5.00 is the lowest possible grade.

Grade point scale (5.00 - 1.00)

University of the Philippines and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Latin Honors
Latin HonorsGrade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude1.00 - 1.20
Magna Cum Laude1.21 - 1.45
Cum Laude1.46 - 1.75

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila also employ a specific grading category for retention. This system uses the General Weighted Average (GWA) per semester as a basis whether or not a particular student shall be retained at the course or college he or she is enrolled to. Some colleges have higher GWA requirement for retention, but most of them demands a GWA of at least 2.50 per semester. A few graduate schools, on the other hand, employ the Pass or Fail system.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Grading Category for Retention
StatusGeneral Weighted Average
Good standing1.00 - 2.50
Probationary statusBelow 2.50
Warning status

Datamex Institute of college in Information Technology

Datamex University-Grading Point System-
Grade Point EquivalenceEquivalenceDescription
1.5088%-90%Very Good
2.0084%-85Very Satisfactory
2.2582%-83%High Average
3.0075% - 76%Pass
4.0058%-74.99Conditional if Pass/Failed
5.0058.49 belowFailing Final Grade
Mapúa University Grade Point System
(Effective since AY 2021-2022)[1]
Grade SymbolsDescription (Master's and Diploma ProgramsDescription (Doctoral Programs)US Equivalence (IERF)[2]
1.00ExcellentExcellentA+ = 4.00
1.25Highly MeritoriousVery SatisfactoryA = 4.00
1.50Very SatisfactorySatisfactoryA- = 3.75
1.75SatisfactoryLowest Satisfactory GradeB+ = 3.30
2.00Lowest Satisfactory GradePoor PerformanceB = 3.00
2.25Poor PerformancePoor PerformanceB- = 2.75
2.50Poor PerformancePoor PerformanceC+ = 2.30
2.75Poor PerformancePoor PerformanceC = 2.00
3.00Poor PerformancePoor PerformanceC = 2.00
5.00FailureFailureF = 0.00
WOfficial WithdrawalOfficial Withdrawal
IPIn ProgressIn Progress

Notable exceptions include De La Salle University & FEU-East Asia College, which follow the 1.000 - 4.000 grading system, which patterns those of American universities. This system uses the 4.0 grade point equivalence as the highest grade, while 0.0 grade point equivalence is considered the lowest possible grade. 0.0 grade point equivalence is considered a failing mark.

ABE International Business College "Manila 'Main' Campus"

ABE International Business College - Grading System -
Grade RangeGrade PointLetter GradeRemarks
96 - 1001.00A+Excellent
91 - 951.25AVery Good
86 - 901.50A-Very Good
81 - 851.75B+Good
75 - 802.00BGood
69 - 742.25B-Good
63 - 682.50C+Fair
57 - 622.75CFair
50 - 563.00C-Fair
Below 505.00FFailed

The Grading System let's you see the "Grade Range". This is essential for High School Graduates to know in which Grade Range they are in.

Grade point scale (1.000 - 4.000)

De La Salle University & FEU Institute of Technology Grade Point System
Grade Point EquivalenceDescriptionEquivalence
4.0Excellent97% - 100%
3.5Superior93% - 96%
3.0Very Good89% - 92%
2.5Good85% - 88%
2.0Satisfactory80% - 84%
1.5Fair75% - 79%
1.0Pass70% - 74%
0.0Fail< 69%
De La Salle University Latin Honors
Latin HonorsGrade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude3.800 - 4.000
Magna Cum Laude3.600 - 3.799
Cum Laude3.400 - 3.599
Honorable Mention (ID# 112 and above)3.200 - 3.399
Honorable Mention (ID# 111 and below)3.000 - 3.399

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

Letter grade system

Ateneo de Manila University Letter Grade System (Mathematics Department)
Grade Point EquivalenceLetter Grade EquivalenceEquivalence
4.0A92% - 100%
3.5B+86% - 91%
3.0B77% - 85%
2.5C+69% - 76%
2.0C60% - 69%
1.0D50% - 59%
0.0Fbelow 50%
Ateneo de Manila University Latin Honors
Latin HonorsGrade Point Equivalence Range
Summa Cum Laude3.87 - 4.00
Magna Cum Laude3.70 - 3.86
Cum Laude3.50 - 3.69

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.


  1. "Mapúa University 2021-2022 Academic Handbook" (PDF).
  2. "International Education Research Foundation (IERF)".

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