DISMISS: ‘KNUST Grading System Not Changed to GPA’ – This is Why


It has been circulating on various social media platforms over the week that the academic grading system for students in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been changed from the normal Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA) to Grade Point Average (GPA), but information available to EssienLive.com claims that’s not true.

According to the University Relations Officer, Mr. Kwame Yeboah, who spoke in an interview with EssienLive, the University has not made any such changes in its grading system for that matter student should ignore any rumour regarding change of KNUST grading system outright.

Mr. Yeboah explained that the grading system circulating on social media is only an interpretation of the KNUST CWA system into the GPA system used in other Universities and that, it is used for students who for some reason may want to apply for transfer to other foreign University like the United State, United Kingdom, China among others.

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Grade Scale Grade Description US Grade
A 80.00 – 100.00 Outstanding A+
A- 75.00 – 79.99 A
B 65.00 – 74.99 Very Good B
C 60.00 – 64.99 Good B-
D 50.00 – 59.99 Credit C
F 0.00 – 49.99 Fail F
I Incomplete

Grading System for Various Classes Used in KNUST

Marks                  Grade

70 to 100                   A

60 to 69                     B

50 to 59                     C

45 to 49                    D

40 to 49                    E

0 to 39                      F

First class a CWA of 70.00 and above

Second class upper a CWA of 60.00 to 69.99

Second class lowers a CWA of 50.00 to 59.99

Pass a CWA of 40.00 to 49.99

Anything below 40.00 at the end of all your academic year means that you can’t graduate. It means you have failed that particular program.

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Each semester, the number of courses that one can offer differ from at least 3 to 10 and in some much an extent 11, 12 and even 13. However, interestingly a student doing three courses per semester and the one doing eleven per the same semester should all have their credit hours total between 16 to 21 and nothing less or more.