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Grades and GPA

Grades are normally posted two to four weeks after the official examination period. To verify your grade, simply login to Minerva and view your unofficial transcript.

Courses can be graded either by letter grades or in percentages, but the official grade in each course is the letter grade. Where appropriate, a class average will be calculated and will appear on transcripts expressed as the letter grade most representative of class performance.

For Undergraduate Courses: Grades A through C represent satisfactory passes, D a conditional (non-continuation) pass and F a failure.

For Graduate Courses: Grades A through B- represent satisfactory passes.

You may not register in a course if you have not passed all the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, except by written permission of the appropriate department chair. 

Certain programs have further requirements. You should refer to information provided for your program.

Unless otherwise noted, grade and grade point levels are as follows:

Undergraduate

Grades

Grade Points

Numerical Scale of Marks

A

4.0

85 - 100%

A-

3.7

80 - 84%

B+

3.3

75 - 79%

B

3.0

70 - 74%

B-

2.7

65 - 69%

C+

2.3

60 - 64%

C

2.0

55 - 59%

D

1.0

50 - 54%

F (Fail)

0

0 - 49%

 

* Although D is a passing grade, it will not permit entry into a course for which it is a prerequisite, nor will it be recognized if the course is a compulsory course in your program.

Graduate

Grades

Grade Points

Numerical Scale of Marks

A

4.0

85 - 100%

A-

3.7

80 - 84%

B+

3.3

75 - 79%

B

3.0

70 - 74%

B-

2.7

65 - 69%

F (Fail)

0

0 - 64%

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Standing in a department will be determined on the basis of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). This is the GPA calculated using your entire record of applicable courses at McGill at the same level. If you change levels (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate) the CGPA starts again.

Your CGPA  is calculated by dividing the sum of the course credit, times the grade points by the total course GPA credits. The result is not rounded up to the nearest decimal point.

GPA credits are the credits of courses with grades that are assigned grade points.

CGPA =

∑ (course credit x grade points)
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∑ (GPA course credits)

Grades of D or F continue to be used in the calculation of the CGPA even after the course is repeated or a supplemental examination is taken.

Grades of J and KF count as 0 grade points in the CGPA. Courses with a grade of W, WF, WL or KK are not included in the calculation.