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Grading System

Grading System
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Grades for all courses taken prior to Fall 2001 appear either as one of 15 letter grades from A+ through F- or as numeric marks from 0 to 100.

Effective Fall 2001, numeric grades on a scale from 0-100 are used by all faculties.

Averages are reported in all faculties as percentages. Average calculation values are used for calculating overall averages for students with letter grades on their records.

The following conversion scale applies for Waterloo courses taken prior to Fall 2001 and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) courses with a letter grade.

Assigned Letter Grades Average Calculation Values
A+ 95
A 89
A- 83
B+ 78
B 75
B- 72
C+ 68
C 65
C- 62
D+ 58
D 55
D- 52
F+ 46
F 38
F- 32

Non-numeric Grades

Grade Description Average Calculation Value
AEG Aegrotat, credit granted due to illness or extenuating circumstances
not applicable
AUD Audit only, no credit granted not applicable
CR Credit granted not applicable
DNW Did not write examination, no credit granted 32
FTC Failure to complete course requirements in a course with a grade of INC (incomplete), no credit granted 32
INC Incomplete course work, no credit granted not applicable
IP Course in progress, no grade assigned at this time and no credit granted not applicable
MM Missing mark, no credit granted not applicable
NCR No credit granted, failure recorded not applicable
NG In progress grade not applicable
NMR No mark reported, no credit granted 32
RPL Supplemental grade confirming a failed course has been replaced by a suitable alternative passed course not applicable
UR Grade under review or disciplinary proceedings underway, decision pending, no credit granted.

Note: Where disciplinary penalties are being considered or have been imposed for an academic offense committed in a course, the student may not drop the course in question. The student is responsible for all course material and assignments until the case is resolved.
not applicable
WD Withdrew after the drop deadline, no credit granted not applicable
WF Withdrew/Failure, no credit granted 32

Unit Weights and Degree Requirements

Courses are assigned unit weights, which vary from 0.25 to 1.0 credit or more. Most one-term courses have a 0.5 unit weight except for lab courses, which are generally 0.25 unit each.

Course unit weights are used to calculate weighted averages as well as the tuition fees payable for the term. Part-time students especially should be aware of this fact when choosing courses.

Students should read individual Faculty regulations carefully to be sure that degree requirements are understood and met in the manner required.

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