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Grading System

Grading System

The grading system applies to all courses offered for credit. The level of a student’s achievement in each course of a program will be denoted by a letter grade as follows, except where noted:

Letter Grade Point Percentage Description
A+ 4.5 (90-100) Exceptional
A 4.0 (80-89) Excellent
B+ 3.5 (76-79) Very Good
B 3.0 (70-75) Good
C+ 2.5 (66-69) Satisfactory
C 2.0 (60-65) Adequate
D 1.0 (50-59) Marginal
F 0.0 (0-49) Failure

VW: Voluntary withdrawal

AW: Authorized withdrawal (as per Policy A20 - Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses)

MW: Mandatory withdrawal Student required to withdraw by college

INC: Incomplete Student did not complete requirements for course by course end date

P: Pass

F: Failure

NP: No pass

AU: Course taken for audit

CR: Credit Recorded for credits transferred from another recognized institution

CMP: Complete For use in Continuing Studies only

NC: Not Complete Student did not complete course. For use in Continuing Studies only.

***: Mark not yet recorded

The relationship between number and letter grades are consistent across the college. In cases where marking systems are dictated by provincial or federal agencies or organizations, those grading systems will apply, subject to dean’s approval, and will be published in course outlines.

Grade Point Average

Weighted grade point average (WGPA) is an average of grade points that takes into consideration the relative importance of each course grade in relation to other courses. The number of credits assigned to each course is the numerical value for importance/value of a course. The WGPA is calculated by the following method: (a) multiply grade point by credits for each course and divide this number by the total credits taken in the term; (b) add the values for each course as determined above.

Note: When a student receives more than one grade for a course in a term, all grades will be used to calculate the student’s WGPA. The WGPA is a calculation using all of a student’s marks in a term.

Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) differs from WGPA in that it takes all courses taken to date into consideration, rather than courses in one term only. The CWGPA is calculated by the following method: (a) multiply grade point by credits for each course and divide this number by the total credits taken to date (rather than the term); (b) add the values for each course as determined above.

Note: When a student receives more than one grade for a course, the best grade achieved will be used to calculate the student’s CWGPA. The CWGPA is a calculation using a student’s marks for their entire academic record, using best grade(s) achieved only.

The following grades are not used in calculating grade point averages: VW, AW, MW, INC, P, NP, AU, CR, CMP, NC, ***.