Gah. I study in the UK. We have a grade system here: 40% = pass 50% = 2:2 60% = 2:1 70% = 1st I have average mark of 78% and am the top of my year by a few per cent. I apply to Australian university for PhD, where their grade system is: 50% = pass 65% = credit 75% = dist. 85% = High distinction. They tell me my marks aren't good enough and shouldn't apply unless I have an average of 80%. How do I show them that my marks are very good, and not just ok?