University of the West Indies Revises Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

The University of the West Indies, a public regional institution with three main branches located in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago, has revised its Grade Point Average calculation system.

Effective 2014/2015 academic year (with exception of Faculty of Engineering: 2015/16) the following changes will apply to student assessment:

  • New pass mark will be 50%, 2.0 grade point (previously 40%, 1.0 grade point)

  • Current students continuing into 2014/15 will have their GPA converted to the new system *

  • Letter grades (A,B,C, etc.) will have associated grade descriptors which will provide explanation of the level of skills and knowledge represented by each letter grade

  • There will be three Failing bands represented by three letter grades:

    • F1 (49-45%) with quality points of 1.70

    • F2 (40-44%) with quality points of 1.30

    • F3 (0-39%) with quality points of 0.00

  • Degree classification (except for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences) will be tied to GPA points as follows:

  • 3.60 and above will be equivalent to a First Class Honours

  • 3.00 – 3.59 will be equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours

  • 2.50 – 2.99 will be equivalent to a Lower Second Class Honours

  • 2.00 – 2.49 will be equivalent to a Pass degree.

  • For the Bachelor of Medical Sciences, the GPA bands to determine the class of degree will remain as currently: Distinction ( 3.70 or above), Honours (3.30 -3.69), and a Pass(2.00- 3.29).


* Note: Only the degree GPA will be converted. All marks and grades earned under the old scheme are part of the historical record and will be reflected on the student’s transcript.



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