no, you haven’t failed

I don’t know if this applies to all British universities, but grades (or should I say marks?) are considerably less inflated at the University of Edinburgh than American universities. Below is the University of Edinburgh’s Common Marking Scheme, which is based on 100-point scale. Most people don’t get higher than 70%, so don’t freak out if you don’t get above 90%.


70 and above

60 – 69

50 – 59

40 – 49

0 – 39


An excellent performance

A very good performance

A good performance

A satisfactory performance for the diploma, but inadequate for a masters degree

Fail for the diploma


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