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Academic Grading System in Israeli Educational Institutions

Grading System in Israeli Schools

Grading System in Israel
Academic grading in Israeli schools ranges from 0 to 100. It is used at all educational levels in Israel from elementary through high school to undergraduate and graduate university degrees. 

Grading System in Bagrut/Matriculation Examinations 

The grading scale for Bagrut exams lies between 0-10. 10 is the highest grade and 6 is the passing grade, as can be seen in the table below:

 Grade Percentage Remark  US Equivalent
 10 95-100 Excellent A
 9 85-94 Very Good A
 8 75-84 Good B
 7 74-65 Almost GoodC  
 6 64-55 Satisfactory C
 5 54-45 Almost Satisfactory D
 0-4 0-44 Failed F


To be awarded the Bagrut certificate, students must be tested in subjects equalling close to 20 study units. This includes 15 units in the required subjects and at least one elective subject at the unit 5 level. 

Qualifying Conditions: Candidates cannot receive the Bagrut certificate if they have a grade of 39 or lower in any subject. They also cannot get this certificate if they have a grade of 44 or lower in Hebrew Grammar or Hebrew Composition. Moreover, they also do not get this certificate if they have received a grade of 44 or lower in two required subjects other than Hebrew Composition or Grammar. Students also face non receipt of this certificate if they have not achieved a passing grade of 45 or higher in unit 5 elective subjects. 

Grading System in Israeli Universities

The grading system in universities is also from 0 to 100, as can be seen below:

A  =   97-100
A    =   93-96
A-   =   90-92
B  =   87-89
B    =   83-86
B-   =   80-82
C  =   77-79
C    =   73-76
C-   =   70-72
D  =   67-69
D    =   63-66
D-   =   60-62
F     =   59-and under

International students should register for courses on either a Pass or Fail basis. They can opt for the desired grading system during the first 5 weeks of attendance. They can then report their preference to academic offices of School for Overseas Students. Regarding Pass/Fail grades, there are different rules for different universities. 

Variation in Grading System: There is some variation in the grading system used in different universities and colleges. However, most of the higher educational institutions use a 100 point rating scale and assign grades accordingly. Most common type of assessment of students is through seminar papers and tests at the undergraduate level. Postgraduate studies coupled with a thesis require submission of the same as part of degree requirements. At the doctoral level, students participate in numerous courses and submit dissertations. 

Impact of Grades: Grades determine if students progress from one stage of studies to another. Certain institutions establish minimal grade averages to pass from one study stage to another. For instance, there is a minimal bachelor grade average needed to commence MA studies in particular disciplines. Certain disciplines require students to take state exams such as bar exams for law students, and exams for those in specialised fields such as medicine and psychology. 

Conclusion

The grading system in Israel is very systematic and there are different types of grades awarded based on the performance of the students. Grading system is based on a 100 point scale in most higher educational institutions and all schools.


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