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Grades and Grading Policies

The semester hour is the unit on which credit is computed. It represents one 50-minute class exercise per week per semester. To obtain credit, a student must be properly registered and must pay fees for the course.

Ordinarily a grade of "A+," "A," "A-," "B+," " B," "B-," "C+," "C," "D," or "E" is given upon completion of a course, unless another grading option such as "audit" or "pass/fail" is indicated at the time of registration.Grading options cannot be changed after the close of the drop/add period.

The instructor of a course has full discretion in selecting which grades to use and report from the available grading options.

Fall 2004 and After1

Grade
Undergraduate Definition
Graduate Definition
Value
A+     4.33
A Excellent Excellent 4.00
A-     3.67
B+     3.33
B Good Good 3.00
B-     2.67
C+     2.33
C Average Passing 2.00
D Passing No Graduate Credit 1.00
E Failure Failure 0.00
I Incomplete Incomplete
NR No Report No Report
P Pass n/a2
W Withdrawal Withdrawal
X Audit Audit
Y Satisfactory Satisfactory
Z Course In Progress Course In Progress
XE Academic Dishonesty Academic Dishonesty 0.00


1 Although the plus/minus scale includes a grade of A+ with a value of 4.33, the cumulative GPA is capped at 4.00. Questions about the grade scales may be referred to the University Registrar Services at registrar@asu.edu. For grading scales prior to fall 2004 click here.

2 Not applicable for graduate classes.

 

Law Grading

Fall 2009 and after

Fall 2009 and after
Additional Grades

A+

 

4.33

CR

Credit

A

Excellent

4.00

NR

No Report

A-

 

3.67

P

Pass

B+

 

3.33

X

Audit

B

Good

3.00

W

Withdrawal

B-

 

2.67

I

Incomplete

C+

 

2.33

H

Honors

C

Average

2.00

HH

High Honors

D

Deficient

1.00

XE

Academic Dishonesty

E

Failing

0.00

 

 


For grading scales prior to fall 2009, click here.

 

Incomplete (I)

A mark of "I" (incomplete) is given by the instructor when you are otherwise doing acceptable work but are unable to complete the course because of illness or other conditions beyond your control. You are required to arrange with the instructor for the completion of the course requirements. The arrangement is recorded on the Request for Grade of Incomplete form. Do not re-register or pay fees to complete the course. You have one calendar year from the date the mark of "I" is recorded to complete the course. When you complete the course, the instructor must submit an online grade change request. If you receive an "I" in an undergraduate course in the fall 1983 or thereafter, your grade will be automatically changed to a failing grade "E" if you do not complete the course within one calendar year. If you receive an "I" in a graduate course (500-level or above) your "I" grade will become a permanent part of your transcript if you do not complete the course within one year, and you will have to reregister and pay fees to repeat the course for credit. Marks of "I" are changed to a grade of "E" (0.00) for purposes of evaluating graduation requirements for undergraduate students.

No Report (NR)

The "NR" grade simply means that a grade has not yet been reported. Once final grade processing takes place for the semester, most classes will have an actual grade posted instead of the "NR". If an "NR" grade appears for a course in a prior semester, you should contact the instructor of the course to find out why a final grade was not recorded.

Pass (P)

The "P" grading option is used to indicate a passing grade in a class when an individual student receives permission from both the class instructor and his/her college or school. For further information about this grading option, contact your advisor. If you earn a "P" grade, you will earn hours, but the grade is not used for computing your GPA.

A "P" grade should only be assigned when an individual student receives permission to take a course as pass/fail. Permission is recorded on the Pass/Fail Enrollment form. If the course only awards pass/fail grades, the "Y" grade should be utilized to indicate successful completion of the course.

Withdrawal (W)

If you withdraw from a class after the first week of school, you will receive a mark of "W" on your transcript. You earn no credit or grade for withdrawn classes.

Audit (X)

A student may choose to audit a course, in which case the student attends regularly scheduled class sessions, but no credit is earned. The student should obtain the instructor's approval before registering and paying the fees for the course. Selected courses may not be audited. Veteran students using education benefits should see Veterans Services.

The mark of "X" is recorded for completion of an audited course unless the instructor determines that the student's participation or attendance has been inadequate, in which case the mark of "W" (withdrawal) may be recorded. This grading option may not be changed after the close of the drop/add period. The "X" is not included in earned hours and is not computed in the GPA.

Satisfactory (Y)

The "Y" grade is generally used as a grade for successfully completed internships, projects, readings and conference, research, seminars, theses, dissertations, and workshops. You earn hours for a "Y" grade, but the grade is not used for computing your GPA.

A "Y" grade is used for courses in which the instructor assigns only grades of "Y" or "E." If a course utilizes only the letter grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and E, but an individual student receives permission to take the course for pass/fail credit, the "P" (pass) or "E" (fail) grade should assigned to that student.

Course in Progress (Z)

The "Z" grade is typically used for courses where work will not be completed within one semester's time, such as research, thesis, and dissertation. Once coursework is complete, your instructor will submit a grade change to assign an appropriate grade. Some courses, such as continued registration, do not earn credit and the "Z" grade will remain on your transcript.

Academic Dishonesty (XE)

The grade of "XE" denotes failure due to academic dishonesty and is treated the same as an "E" for the purposes of GPA, course repeatability, and academic standing determination. A student may not avoid any penalty for academic dishonesty by withdrawing from a course. A student may be reinstated to a course to receive a penalty of a reduced or failing grade or XE.

You can obtain your final grades after every semester by using any of the following methods:

  • To view or print your grades, sign in to My ASU using your ASURITE UserID and Password.
  • Submit a request for an official grade report that will show the grades for the last semester in which grades have been processed. You may submit a request to any registration site.

Ordinarily the instructor of a course has the sole and final responsibility for any grade reported. Once the grade has been reported to the registrar, it may be changed upon the authorization of the faculty member who issued the original grade, a department chair, and the dean of the college concerned. This policy also applies to the grade of "I" (incomplete).

Grade changes are submitted online and receive approval by the department chair (or designee) and the dean of the college (or designee) in which the course is offered. Once approvals are received, the new grade will be reflected on your transcript immediately.

An undergraduate course taken by undergradate students at ASU may be repeated for credit if the grade or mark of "D", "E", "W", "X" is received. To be eligible for the deletion of "D" or "E" grades from calculations of the GPA, the course must be repeated at ASU. Independent Learning courses may not be used to repeat "D" or "E" grades. Students who have graduated are not eligible to delete the grade for a course taken before the award of the ASU bachelor's degree. Undergraduate courses in which grades of "D" or "E" are received may be repeated only once. Generally, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of "C" or higher is earned.

For additional information on repeating courses please refer to the following policies:

SSM 203-06: Deletion of a "D" or "E" Grade Received by an Undergraduate in an Undergraduate Course

SSM 203-05: Duplication of Credit by an Undergraduate Student

 

Graduate students see the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Grade adjustments will be processed automatically after the grades are reported each term. For additional information on repeating a course or the deletion process, contact Records & Enrollment Services at 480-965-3124.

An undergraduate student who receives a "D" in a course in which a "C" or higher is required may use the grade from an equivalent course taken elsewhere to demonstrate mastery at the "C" or higher level. However, the course may neither be transferred to ASU (since credit has already been given for the course) nor computed in the student's GPA.

ASU has informal and formal processes students may follow to appeal a grade. See the Catalog.

The following grades and their values are used in computing your semester and cumulative ASU GPA:

Grade* Grade Point Value
A+ 4.33
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
D 1.00
E** 0.00
*Other grades (W, X, Y, etc.) are not included in the GPA calculation.
**Grades E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, and E8 are equivalent to an E.


To calculate your GPA, follow these steps below, or use the GPA Calculator.

  1. Multiply the grade point value by the number of semester hours for which the course was taken to determine the honor points.
  2. Add together all the honor points.
  3. Add together all the semester hours that received one of the above grades to determine net hours.
  4. Divide the honor points by the net hours to calculate the GPA.
    Honor Points ÷ Net Hours = GPA
    GPAs are rounded to the nearest 100th of a decimal point.
    Semester GPA is based on semester net hours. Cumulative GPA is based on total net hours.
    Although the plus/minus scale includes a grade of A+ with a value of 4.33, the cumulative GPA is capped at 4.00.

Example

Course
Semester Hours
Grade
Grade Point Value
Honor Points
ENG 101
3.0
A
4.00
12.00
MAT 117
3.0
B-
2.67
8.01
ECN 111
3.0
E
0.00
0.00
Total:
(net hours) 9.0
 
20.01
20.01 ÷ 9.0 = 2.22 GPA

Students may receive credit for an ASU course by taking an examination in place of the actual course. Learn more.