ECTS Grading Scale Credit System and Grading The scale is a mechanism to convert grades from one grading system to another without replacing local grading systems. In other words, the scale provides a common denominator to give assessment of student achievement. The ECTS grading scale is not meant to replace the Queen Maud University College`s grading system, but to be used optionally, and in addition, for ERASMUS students. The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June and lasts for 10 months. Courses are measured in “studiepoeng”, considered equivalent to the European Credit Transfer System standard (ECTS credits). The full-time workload for one academic year is 1500-1800 hours of study / 60 “studiepoeng”. The Norwegian grading system consists of two grading scales: one scale with the grades pass or fail and one graded scale from A to E for pass and F for fail. The graded scale has the following qualitative descriptions: A – Excellent B – Very good C – Good D – Satisfactory E – Sufficient F – Fail The scale is used absolutely (criterion referenced assessment). A Excellent – An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a very high degree of independent thinking. B Very good – A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a high degree of independent thinking. C Good – A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgment and independent thinking in the most important areas. D Satisfactory – A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking. E Sufficient – A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking. F Fail – A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.