In high school a 10-point scale is used, 6 being the minimum grade for passing.
Specifications such as +, −, "double minus" ("="), half grades ("double plus") and "between" grades, such as 6/7, are often used.
Note that the grades used in primary school are derived from this scale, with Non Sufficiente meaning "5 and under", and the other grades standing respectively for 7, 8, 9, and 10. A 10 is very rare to score, as well as a 1. The weakest grade a student can normally get is a 3 or a 4. An 8 is usually considered a very good grade, and a 9 is an excellent grade.
The average grade goes between 6 and 7.
|ECTS Grade||Definition||% of successful students||Corresponding Italian grades|
To someone familiar with both the Italian and the U.S. college systems, Italian grades are best translated into American grades (and vice versa) according to the following table:
|U.S. Grade||Definition||Corresponding Italian grades|
|A-, A, A+||Excellent||28-30 Lode|
|B-, B, B+||Good||25-27|
|C-, C, C+||Satisfactory||21-24|
|D-, D, D+||Barely passing||18-20|
|E or F||Fail||0-17|