Grading System (1978-Summer 2012)
Note: There is no official percentile equivalent for grades at American University.
|Grade||Quality Points (QP)|
|4 point||3 point*|
|X (Failure: administrative penalty)||0|
* The 3-point system was used prior to fall 1970
|Grades not calculated in the grade point average:|
|N||=||No grade reported or invalid grade|
|W||=||Withdrawal (after first two weeks of semester)|
|ZF||=||Fail on pass/fail option|
|ZL||=||Administrative withdrawal from audit|
|ZX||=||Fail (administrative penalty) on pass/fail option|
*Incompletes: Before fall 1980, an Incomplete could stand as a permanent grade.
Effective fall 1980, an Incomplete may no longer stand as a permanent grade. The Incomplete Contract between student and instructor includes a default grade specified by the instructor; this grade is recorded as the final grade should the student fail to submit the outstanding work by the end of the following semester.
**Pass: Indicates a quality of performance no less than C for undergraduates or B for graduate students on a conventional grading scale.
|R =||Repeated course (follows the grade) **Reinstated Fall 2012|
|WF =||Withdrawl failing|
|WP =||Withdrawal passing|
|Z =||No grade reported (on pass/fail option)|