# How to Calculate the Percentage of Marks? : Best Tips and Examples in 2024-25

Getting impressive grades in Grade 12 is quite essential in building future career prospects. However, calculating the percentage marks seems to be a problem for most students. Here is a blog that will really help in making this process easy and handy with practical tips.

**Understanding Percentile Calculations**

A percent means a number expressed as a fraction of 100. It is quite useful in comparing different quantities and understanding proportions. Whether you are working out your grades or budgeting, knowing how to work out percentages comes quite in handy.

**Calculating the Percentage of Marks**

To work out your percentage of marks, follow these two easy steps:

**Divide Marks Obtained by the Total Marks**: This gives you the ratio of the marks you scored.

Now multiply the result by 100: This converts the ratio into a percentage.

**Example Calculation**

Take the example of six subjects: English (78), History (90), Geography (85), Economics (79), Political Science (88), and Sociology (75).

**Total Marks Obtained**: 78 + 90 + 85 + 79 + 88 + 75 = 495

**Maximum Marks Potential**: 6 subjects x 100 = 600

**Percentage Calculation**: (495/600) x 100 = 82.5%

This is a very easy method that will make it easy for every student to quickly and accurately find their percentage.

**Difference Between Percentage and Percentile**

Knowing the difference between a percentage and a percentile is important. In general, a percentage is a fraction with the denominator of 100. A percentile, however, is a way to describe how a score ranks compared to other scores. For example, if you score in the 90th percentile on a test, that means that you scored higher than 90% of the people who took the test.

**Converting Fractions to Percentages**

The easiest way to convert a fraction into a percentage is to first divide the numerator by the denominator to find the decimal equivalent and then multiply that answer by 100. Thus, the fraction 3/4 would be:Â

**Decimal Equivalent**: 3 Ã· 4 = 0.75Â

**Percentage Equivalent**: 0.75 x 100 = 75%Â

Percent Increase and Percent DecreaseÂ

Another area involving percentages is calculating percent increases and percent decreases. The formulas are:Â

**Percent Increase**: Increase in Value / Original Value) x 100Â

**Percent Decrease**: Decrease in Value / Original Value) x 100

For instance, if a value of 50 becomes 75, then the percent increase is as follows:Â

**Increase in Value**: 75 - 50 = 25Â

**Percentage Increase**: (25 / 50) x 100 = 50%Â

**Simple Methods for PercentagesÂ **

To find 50%, simply divide the quantity by 2. Example: 50% of 30 is 30 Ã· 2 = 15.

Calculate 10%: Divide by 10, or move the decimal one place left. For example, 10% of 50 is 50 Ã· 10 = 5. Calculate above 100%: For percentages above 100, multiply, and then simplify. For example, 150% of 50 is (150/100) x 50 = 75. Calculate 25%: Divide by 4. For example, 25% of 40 is 40 Ã· 4 = 10.

**Using Technology to Ensure Accuracy**

Also with complex numbers a calculator will ensure accuracy. There are also computer packages such as Excel which can make percentage calculations much easier. So, for example, using Excel if your marks are in cell A1 and the total marks are in cell B1 the formula =(A1/B1)*100 will calculate the percentage.

**Conclusion**

Knowing the tricks of percentage calculation is a very useful skill that goes beyond academics and helps in day-to-day life, be it calculating grades, financial budgets, or even understanding statistical data. The ability to calculate percentages empowers you to make informed decisions in your academic and professional journey.

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