You have two options when it comes to describing international academic grades:
Explain and provide context
List your international qualifications, providing an explanation and/or include the maximum achievable grade. This is the preferable option as many firms are familiar with international applicants and this avoids any mistakes (inflation or deflation) in “converted grades”.
See examples below:
- Lycee La Citadelle, Limoges, France. International Baccalaureate 40/45
- Michigan State University, USA. BA in Politics and Economics
- Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.78 (max. 4.00)
- 750 GMAT (top 2%)
Providing this additional information will help the employer to better understand how you have performed.
With regards to professional qualifications (eg: law, medicine) we would recommend that you check with the relevant UK professional body whether they are valid in the UK.
If you do want to “convert” your international grades into UK grades, the NARIC website (which is the official and government supported, national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills) can provide this service, however, there is a charge involved.
N.B. There are many websites that claim to offer “grade conversion”. However, we recommend that you use these carefully, as there is often no way of verifying that their conversions are correct and reflect those that employers will accept.
If you are still unsure about what to do, contact the employer/organisation to explain the situation and ask them for advice on how best to present your qualifications.