GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): What it means (in numerical terms); details

Published On February 21, 2014 | By ED | News

We’ve had a few questions from students about their GPA and what it means in terms of marks, so here’s a summary:

HD High Distinction [equivalent to Honours Class I (H1) in intent, 7 on the GPA scale]
Excellent performance indicating complete and comprehensive understanding and/or application of the subject matter; achieves all basic and higher-order intended unit objectives and graduate attributes linked to the assessment tasks; minimal or no errors of fact, omission and/or application present; clear and unambiguous evidence of possession of a very high level of required skills; demonstrated very high level of interpretive and/or analytical ability and intellectual initiative; very high level of competence.
Numerical conversion: scores and/or aggregate marks of 85% or above
D Distinction [equivalent to Honours Class II, Division 1 (H2A) in intent, 6 on the GPA scale]
Very good performance indicating reasonably complete and comprehensive understanding and/or application of the subject matter; achieves all basic and most higher-order unit objectives and graduate attributes linked to the assessment tasks; some minor flaws; clear and unambiguous evidence of possession of a high level of required skills; demonstrated high level of interpretive and/or analytical ability and intellectual initiative; high level of competence.
Numerical conversion: scores and/or aggregate marks between 75% and 84%
C Credit [equivalent to Honours Class II, Division 2 (H2B) in intent, 5 on the GPA scale]
Good performance indicating reasonable and well-rounded understanding and/or application of the subject matter; achieves all basic but only a few higher-order intended unit objectives and graduate attributes linked to the tasks; a few more serious flaws or several minor ones; clear and unambiguous evidence of possession of a reasonable level of most required skills; demonstrated reasonable level of interpretive and/or analytical ability and intellectual initiative; reasonable level of competence.
Numerical conversion: scores and/or aggregate marks between 65% and 74%
P Pass [equivalent to Honours Class III (H3) in intent, 4 on the GPA scale]
Satisfactory performance indicating adequate but incomplete or less well-round edunderstanding and/or application of the subject matter; achieves many basic but very few or none of the higher-order intended unit objectives and graduate attributes linked to the assessment tasks; several serious flaws or many minor ones; clear and unambiguous evidence of possession of an adequate level of an acceptable number of required skills; demonstrated adequate level of interpretive and/or analytical ability and intellectual initiative; adequate level of competence.
Numerical conversion: scores and/or aggregate marks between 50% to 64
N Fail [0 on the GPA scale]
Unsatisfactory performance indicating inadequate and insufficient understanding and/or application of the subject matter; achieves few or none of the basic and higher-order intended unit objectives and graduate attributes linked to the assessment tasks; numerous substantive errors of fact, omission and/or application present; clear and unambiguous evidence of non-possession of most or all required skills; insufficiently demonstrated level of interpretive and/or analytical ability and intellectual initiative; fails to address the specific criteria; inadequate level of competence.
Numerical conversion: scores and/or aggregate marks of less than 50%
NC Compulsory Fail – Failed an assessment component that must be passed in order to pass the unit
This grade is used when an assessment task, such as a final examination, that must be passed in order to pass the unit (as detailed in the Unit Requirements) has not been passed (resulting in a fail in the unit), but where the overall mark is 50% or higher.
NI Fail – Did not satisfy unit requirements [0 on the GPA scale]
One or more mandatory requirements for the completion of the unit (as detailed in the Unit Requirements) were not fulfilled.
S or US Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory [S = 4, US = 0, on the GPA scale]
In some units, the grading system is organised on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (pass/fail) basis. When this grading system is used the appropriate interpretive descriptors to apply will be those for the grade of at least Pass or Fail.
W Withdrawn
The student withdrew from the unit without academic penalty.

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4 Responses to GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): What it means (in numerical terms); details

  1. Nasser Al Adawi says:

    Not sure who got GPA in the middle for example GPA= 4.67 numerically aggregate marks= 68 what is his final grade for his graduation? C or P

  2. Helen says:

    What if your GPA is 6.56 or thereabouts? Does that mean you get rounded up to a 7?

  3. Luke says:

    The numbers stated here are for your individual subjects. If you want to work out your Grade Point Average, it is calculated by adding up the cumulative GPA scores for each subject, and dividing the sum by the number of subjects that contributed to that score. For example, if a student received 1 High Distinction, 1 Distinction, 2 Credits and 4 Passes their GPA would be 7 + 6 + 10 (2×5) +16 (4×4) = 39 / 8 = 4.875…

    Your current GPA can also be accessed through MyUNE. Go to the MyEnrol tab, then select the Course Details link in the Enrolment Details box on the left hand side of the screen. Click the Course Code link alongside the Progression section, and a breakdown of the units completed and remaining will be given, as well as the current GPA of the results completed to date.

    I hope this helps everyone out!

  4. Ashlea says:

    Does a NI count towards GPA?

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