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What's the equivalent qualification in English from the Spanish one?
Thread poster: Giovany Rodríguez Monsalve

Giovany Rodríguez Monsalve
Local time: 12:10
English to Spanish
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Apr 14, 2008

Good afternoon, all. I hope you are doing well.

I'm carrying out a rare work in which I have the source file (in Spanish) and the translated one (in English) related to study certificate.

The issue is that the Spanish file has the grades/qualifications for every subject in numbers, from 1 to 10.


SUBJECT Hours/Week Numbers/Grade
Ethics, Moral and Religious Education ……..3…..… ……9.5……

What I would need to know is the English equivalent qualification from the Spanish grading. I have seen that in USA the method is as follows, but not sure:

A --> 10?

So, I would really appreciate any help regarding this issue. Can anybody advise me about the interval that fix the numbers describe on the Spanish?

It would be something like this, I'm guessing:

0-3 --> E

4-6 --> C

7-10 --> A


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:10
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Not the translator's responsibility Apr 14, 2008

In the U.S., there are companies and organizations whose sole job is to determine foreign grade equivalences.

So generally if the translation is for the U.S., leave the original grades as they are. At most, put a translator's note indicating that in that particular school or country, grades run on a scale of xxx to yyy, in which grades below zzz are a failure.

[Edited at 2008-04-14 16:06]

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:10
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Steve is right Apr 14, 2008

Furthermore, grading practices can and do vary considerably from one institution to another, anywhere. Your job is to translate, but leave the grades as they are. Often a transcript will have a scale of grades explaining the system. If it does not, then you should not provide any, it is not your job and you could well be mistaken.

Leave the rest to the evaluators.

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Alexandra Goldburt
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Agree with Steven and Henry Apr 15, 2008

I have done similar translations, and I left the grades exactly the way they appeared in the original - as it is my understanding that this is what a translator is supposed to do.

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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
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Agree with others above... Apr 15, 2008

I have worked for many years in tertiary education, and I can assure you that finding grade equivalence across national borders is a specialist area which is not a simple application of logic on the part of a translator.

I always leave the grades as provided in the original, and allow specialists in the target language to do the job they are skilled at (and probably paid for !)


[Edited at 2008-04-15 07:14]

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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:10
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Also agree Apr 15, 2008

I also agree with all the above.

You may leave like it comes and place a note at the beginning or at the end stating what the scale is.

Or else, you may just state 7/10, 10/10 when the maximum is 10, or 7/12, when that maximum is 12.

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Phil Bird
United Kingdom
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NARIC Ireland Nov 14, 2008

This site is free and a good source of info:

If you're not translating something for Eire then you can cross reference with other countries qualifications.

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