When it comes to KNEC courses, candidates are awarded scores based on the KNEC grading system for colleges.
Below we look at the KNEC grading system for colleges and how the results of examinations are classified including when the KNEC diploma grading system.
KNEC grading system for colleges (KNEC TVET grading system): How KNEC results for technical colleges are awarded including KNEC grading system per subject
Now, for the whole examination, marks are issued in 5 classes while there are 8 different grades in the individual papers under the KNEC grading system for colleges.
Each candidate receives the results in terms of the class and grade depending on his/her performance in the final practical and theoretical tests and the continuous assessment tests (administered by the college being attended).
Here is the relationship between the various classes and grades according to the KNEC grading system.
|Pass with distinction||Grade 1
|Pass with credit||Grade 3
|Fail||when you fail 3 or more unit|
KNEC grading system for colleges: Classification according to the raw scores (including for business studies grading system)
Here now is a reminder of the association between the classes and the raw scores..
|Raw Scores||Applicable grade||Class|
|80-100 Grade 1 (Marks:80-100)||1||Distinction|
You are referred if you score below 39 (essentially meaning you have failed) in a paper in the KNEC exams for colleges and you have to pass the specific failed papers before being awarded with the relevant certificate.
In short, the overall grade will be as follows:
You’re awarded a fail if you failed (scored below 40 in more 3 or more subjects out of the total units you were sitting for)- and your mean score is automatically less than 40.
Remember a below 40 score is indicated as a Refer in the individual subject score but the overall aggregate will automatically become a Fail if there are 3 or more subjects in which you’re referred).
So in that case, you have to repeat everything just as a new student(or perhaps change to a different course!)
But if you got a refer in two units(which means you failed 2 units out of the total you took), you will just resit those specific referred units (at your own convenience)
Of course, there is a fee for re-sitting KNEC examinations (charged on per paper basis) and you have to book for a resit via the KNEC online registration for technical exams portal (assisted by your college).
The good news is that you can still proceed to the next module/year even with your refer pending- and you can always book to repeat it at your own convenience- but you cannot get your final KNEC certificate/diploma until you have cleared your refer(s).
You get aggregate pass if your mean score (your total marks/total number of units)is between 40-59
Aggregate pass with credit
You get aggregate pass if your mean score (your total marks/total number of units)is between 60-74
Aggregate pass with distinction
You get aggregate pass if your mean score (your total marks/total number of units)is between 75-100
Current KNEC grading system -Other notables about the KNEC grading
Overall performance once again is indicated as:
- PASS with DISTINCTION
- PASS with CREDIT
Needless to say, the highest passing score is a Distinction and Pass the least.
A score of ‘EXEMPTED’ means that you have been exempted from a paper on the account of having passed an equivalent qualification from another accredited examiner.
I have already explained how you get a FAIL.
KNEC TVET grading system – Final thoughts
The above relationship applies to both certificate (artisan and craft levels) and the diploma grading system in Kenya for KNEC exams including most KNEC higher diploma courses.
The above KNEC college grading system is, however, different from the current KNEC ECDE grading system and P1 grading system.