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The Swedish grading system

The Swedish grading system varies depending on the level of education.

Swedish universities use the grade letter scale as seen on the table below:

International scale Swedish scale

MVG - Mycket väl godkänd

(Very good, with few errors)
VG - Väl godkänd
(Good, with some errors. This is the minimum passing grade)
G - Godkänd
IG - Icke godkänd

In some cases, specific courses are graded using two grades: G - Godkänd (pass) or U - Underkänd (Fail)

The most common grade point scale at Swedish universities and colleges ranges from a maximum grade point of 5 to a minimum passing grade of 3.

If you are applying for university studies in Sweden as an undergraduate (first cycle) student, your grades from upper secondary school from your home country will be converted into a grade point scale according to the following criteria:

  • If you have a school certificate from the International Baccalaureate, International Lycée (Swedish section) or from a school in Åland, your grade point average will be converted into a scale with a maximum grade point of 20 and a minimum grade point of 10.
  • If your case doesn't fall within the category mentioned earlier, your grades will be converted into a scale with a maximum grade point of 500 and a minimum grade point of 300.

You may use the European grades comparison chart to learn how you would score in Europe.

Sources: VHS - Verket för Högskoleservice (National Agency for Services to Universities and University Colleges in Sweden)
Skolverket (The Swedish National Agency for Education)

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