Examinations

Grading System Explained

Since 2003, the university has used a four-point letter-grading system for calculating Grade Point Averages (GPA). (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 (current system)

  • Letter Grading System - 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

  • Letter Grading System - 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

  • Non-numerical Final Grades and Remarks

    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 the University Calendar.


9-Point Grading System (pre-2003)

  • 9-Point Grading System - 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

  • 9-Point Grading System - Undergraduate students

    9

    Outstanding

    8

    Excellent

    7

    Very Good

    6

    Good

    5

    Satisfactory

    Pass

    4

    Minimally Acceptable

    Fail

    3

    Unsatisfactory

    2

    Unsatisfactory

    1

    Unsatisfactory

  • Non-numerical Final Grades and Remarks

    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 the University Calendar.