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Grading

The table below displays the official grading system used by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Faculty of Graduate Studies - Grading Scale
Grade Grade Point Value Percentage for Instructor Use Only * Description Achievement of Assignment Objectives
A+ 9 90 - 100 Exceptional Work Technically flawless and original work demonstrating insight, understanding and independent application or extension of course expectations; often publishable.
A 8 85 - 89 Outstanding Work Demonstrates a very high level of integration of material demonstrating insight, understanding and independent application or extension of course expectations.
A- 7 80 - 84 Excellent Work Represents a high level of integration, comprehensiveness and complexity, as well as mastery of relevant techniques/concepts.
B+ 6 77 - 79 Very good work Represents a satisfactory level of integration, comprehensiveness, and complexity; demonstrates a sound level of analysis with no major weaknesses.
B 5 73 - 76 Acceptable work that fulfills the expectations of the course Represents a satisfactory level of integration of key concepts/procedures. However, comprehensiveness or technical skills may be lacking.
B- 4 70 - 72 Unacceptable work revealing some deficiencies in knowledge, understanding or techniques Represents an unacceptable level of integration, comprehensiveness and complexity. Mastery of some relevant techniques or concepts lacking. Every grade of 4.0 (B-) or lower in a course taken for credit in the Faculty of Graduate Studies must be reviewed by the supervisory committee of the student and a recommendation made to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Such students will not be allowed to register in the next session until approved to do so by the Dean.
C+ 3 65 - 69
C 2 60 - 64
D 1 50 - 59
F 0 0 - 49 Failing grade Unsatisfactory performance. Wrote final examination and completed course requirements.
CTN Excluded Grade N/A Continuing Denotes the first half of a full-year course.
Students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies must achieve a grade point average of at least 5.0 (B) for every session in which they are registered. Individual departments or schools may set higher standards. Students with a sessional or cumulative average below 5.0 will not be allowed to register in the next session until their academic performance has been reviewed by their supervisory committee and continuation in the Faculty of Graduate Studies is approved by the Dean. Some academic units may employ a percentage system for evaluating student's work.
Other Failing or Temporary Grades
N 0 0 - 49 Did not write examination or otherwise complete course requirements by the end of term or session. This grade is intended to be final.
COM N/A N/A Used only for 0 unit courses and other graduate courses designated by the Senate. Such courses are identified in the course listings.
INC N/A N/A Incomplete (requires "Request for Extension of Grade" form). Used for those graduate credit courses designated by the Senate and identified in the course listings; also used, with Dean's permission, for those graduate credit courses with regular grading (A to F, including N) which are not complete by the end of the term or session due to exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the instructor or student. INC must be replaced by a final grade not later than the end of the next term.
INP N/A N/A In Progress. Used only for work terms; dissertations; theses; projects; comprehensive examinations and seminars offered on the same basis as dissertations or theses and designated by Senate (identified in the course listings). In the case of work terms, a final grade must replace INP within two months of the end of term. For dissertations, theses, designated seminars, projects and comprehensives, a final grade must replace INP by the end of the program. If the student does not complete the degree requirements within the time limit for the degree, the final grades will be N.
N/X Excluded Grade N/A Did not complete course requirements by the end of the term; no supplemental. Used only for co-op work terms and for courses designated by Senate. Such courses are identified in the course listings. The grade is EXCLUDED from the calculation of all grade point averages.
F/X Excluded Grade N/A Unsatisfactory performance. Completed course requirements; no supplemental. Used only for co-op work terms and for courses designated by Senate. Such courses are identified in the course listings. The grade is EXCLUDED from the calculation of all grade point averages.
CIC N/A N/A Co-op Interrupted Course. Temporary grade. See "General Regulations: Graduate Co-op".
WE N/A N/A Withdrawal under extenuating circumstances. The WE registration status will replace a course registration or grade when approved by the Dean following a request for academic concession from a student. This registration status is excluded from the calculation of all grade point averages; it will appear on the official transcript.
* These percentage ranges are standardized and will be used by all instructors in determining letter grades effective May 2012.
The percentage is not recorded on the student academic record or displayed on the student official transcript; the official 9 point grading system and letter grades are displayed on the academic record and official transcript.
The University Senate has approved transition from the 9 point grading system to a percentage grading system and the implementation is planned to take effect May 2014.
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