Grading System Explained

Effective September 1, 2003, the university implemented a letter grading system with a four-point scale of numerical equivalents for calculating grade point averages. Grades in the nine-point grading system are retained on student records for terms that are prior to September 2003.

Grade points reflect judgements of student achievement performance in a class. The instructors mark in terms of raw scores, rank the papers in order of merit, and assign an appropriate grade to each paper.

Letter Grading System (effective September 1, 2003)

Course Grades Obtained by Undergraduate Students

Descriptor

Letter Grade

Grade Point Value

Excellent

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

D

1.0

Failure

F

0.0


Course Grades Obtained by Graduate Students

Descriptor

Letter Grade

Grade Point Value

Excellent

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

B+

B

3.3

3.0

Satisfactory

B-

C+

2.7

2.3

Failure

C

C-

D+

D

F

2.0

1.7

1.3

1.0

0.0


In addition to the letter grades described above, the University of Alberta currently records the following grades and remarks:

Final Grades

AE

aegrotat standing

AU

registered as an auditor

AW

registered as an auditor and withdrew

CR

completed requirements, no grade point value assigned

EX

exempt

IN

incomplete

IP

course in progress (assigned to Part A of a Two-Term or One-Term A/B Course with the final grade assigned to Part B)

IP*

withdrew from or failed course in progress (assigned to Part A of a Two-Term or One-Term A/B Course where the final grade assigned to Part B is a withdrawal or failure)

NC

failure, no grade point value assigned

W

withdrew with permission


Remarks

1

grade includes a mark of '0' for final examination missed, or for term work missed, or both

2

grade includes a mark of '0' for final examination missed, or for term work missed, or both, and deferred final examination granted

3

credit withheld

4

reexamination granted

5

failure (assigned to failing Graduate Student grades only)

6

failure, grade includes a mark of '0' for final examination missed, or for term work missed, or both (assigned to failing Graduate Student grades only)

7

failure, grade includes a mark of '0' for final examination missed, or for term work missed, or both, and deferred final examination granted (assigned to failing Graduate Student grades only)

8

disciplinary sanction for serious instances of inappropriate academic behavior

9

failure, disciplinary sanction for serious instances of inappropriate academic behavior (assigned in the same circumstances as the remark of 8 but to failing Graduate Student grades only)

* Further discussion on the University of Alberta's evaluation procedures and grading system can be found in Section 23.4 of the University Calendar.


9 Point Grading System (prior to September 2003)

Course Grades Obtained by Undergraduate Students


9

Outstanding


8

Excellent


7

Very Good


6

Good


5

Satisfactory

Pass

4

Minimally Acceptable

Fail

3

Unsatisfactory


2

Unsatisfactory


1

Unsatisfactory


Course Grades Obtained by Graduate Students


9

Excellent


8

Excellent


7

Good

Pass

6

Satisfactory

Fail

5

Unsatisfactory


4

Unsatisfactory


3

Unsatisfactory


2

Unsatisfactory


1

Unsatisfactory


In addition to the numeric grades described above, the University of Alberta recorded the following non-numeric grades and remarks:

Final Grades

AE

aegrotat standing

AU

registered as an auditor

AW

registered as an auditor and withdrew

CR

completed requirements; no numeric grade assigned

DB

debarred from final examination; results in a grade of 1

EX

exempt

F

failure; no numeric grade assigned

IN

incomplete

INF

incomplete, failed; results in a grade of 1

IP

course in progress (assigned to Part A of a Two-Term or One-Term A/B Course with the final grade assigned to Part B)

IP*

withdrew from or failed course in progress (assigned to Part A of a Two-Term or One-Term A/B Course where the final grade assigned to Part B is a withdrawal or failure)

W

withdrew with permission


Remarks

A

indicates missed final examination, term work missed, or both

D

granted a deferred final examination

F

failure

FI

failure, inappropriate academic behavior

N

credit withheld

R

granted a reexamination

+

extra to degree requirements

*

course used by Faculty of Law to satisfy written work requirement