Nanyang Technological University

Grade Point Average (GPA) System

The Grade Point Average (GPA) system is applicable to students admitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with effect from academic year 2004-2005, direct entry students admitted to Year 2 with effect from academic year 2006-2007 and all students admitted to Year 1 with effect from academic Year 2005-2006.

  1. Grades and grade points are assigned as follows:

    Letter-Grade

    Grade Point

    A+

    5.00

    A

    5.00

    A-

    4.50

    B+

    4.00

    B

    3.50

    B-

    3.00

    C+

    2.50

    C

    2.00

    D+

    1.50

    D

    1.00

    F

    0.00

    The above grades apply to all students with effect from academic year 2005-2006.

  2. The following non-letter grades and notations are also used: 

 

 * -  Subject with Pass/Fail grading only
 #  -  Repeated attempt
 IP -  In Progress
 LOA -  Leave of absence granted
 EX -  Exempted from course
 TC -  Transfer credit
S - Satisfactory
U - Unsatisfactory


The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade average of all courses (including failed courses) attempted by a student. The computation of CGPA is as follows: 

                                [Grade Point x AU for Course 1] + [ Grade Point x AU for Course X] + ….
                         _______________________________________________________________
                                             [Total AU attempted in all the semesters so far]

Only letter-graded courses i.e. courses with grades A+, A, A-, B- ... are included in the computation of CGPA. Courses where only Pass/Fail grades are given, where the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option was invoked, where the students were absent with valid reasons, and courses that the students are exempted from or are incomplete (i.e. awarded an ‘IP’ grade) are not included in the computation of CGPA. A few examples of how CGPA is computed are given below for illustration. 

  1. Example 1

    Course

    AU

    Grade

    Grade Point

    AA101

    3

    B

    3.50

    AB102

    3

    B-

    3.00

    AC103

    3

    C

    2.00

    AD104

    4

    A

    5.00

    AE105

    3

    D

    1.00



    Example 2

    Course

    AU

    Grade

    Grade Point

    AA101

    3

    B

    3.50

    AB102

    3

    B-

    3.00

    AC103

    3

    C

    2.00

    AD104

    4

    A

    5.00

    AE105

    3

    F

    0.00



    Example 3

    (The S/U option was invoked for AD104 and AE105. Grade S denotes a Satisfactory grade
    while grade U denotes an Unsatisfactory grade. These two courses, AD104 and AE105, are excluded from the computation of the CGPA.) 

    Course

    AU

    Grade

    Grade Point

    AA101

    3

    B

    3.50

    AB102

    3

    B-

    3.00

    AC103

    3

    C

    2.00

    AD104

    4

    U

    NA

    AE105

    3

    S

    NA


    Example 4

    (AE105 is a Pass/Fail course i.e. only P or F grades are awarded. This course is excluded from the computation of the CGPA.) 

    Course

    AU

    Grade

    Grade Point

    AA101

    3

    B

    3.50

    AB102

    3

    B-

    3.00

    AC103

    3

    C

    2.00

    AD104

    4

    A

    5.00

    AE105

    3

    P

    NA


    Example 5

    (If a student is exempted from AE105, the grade ‘EX’ will be shown for this course. This course is excluded from the computation of the CGPA.) 

    Course

    AU

    Grade

    Grade Point

    AA101

    3

    B

    3.50

    AB102

    3

    B-

    3.00

    AC103

    3

    C

    2.00

    AD104

    4

    A

    5.00

    AE105

    3

    EX

    NA


     
  2. The Year Grade Point Average (YGPA) represents the grade average of all courses (including failed courses) attempted by a student in an academic year. The computation of YGPA is as follows: 

                                 [Grade Point x AU for Course 1] + [ Grade Point x AU for Course X] + …..
                      _______________________________________________________________
                                                           [Total AU attempted in an academic year] 

    The method of computing the YGPA is similar to that for computing the CGPA. Please refer to the examples for computing CGPA for illustration. Courses attempted in the Special Terms are not included in the computation of the YGPA.

  3. The CGPA will be reflected in students’ transcripts. 

  4. An ‘F’ grade obtained in a course, and a new grade attained for a repeated attempt of the course, will both be reflected in the transcript. Both grades will also be counted in the computation of YGPA (if they are taken within the same academic year) and CGPA. 

  5. Students are not allowed to repeat any courses taken except those with ‘F’ grade. 

  6. The requirements for graduation are as follows:
    • Successful completion of the prescribed academic unit requirement as set out by the programme curriculum.
    • A minimum CGPA of 2.00 is required at the end of the final semester of study. 

  7. The criteria for satisfactory academic standing in any given semester are:
    • maintaining a minimum CGPA of 2.00
    • completing at least 75% of the normal AU workload 

  8. Students with poor standing will be subjected to the following performance review:
    • Academic Warning – if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for any given semester.
    • Academic Probation – if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for the following semester.
    • Academic Termination – if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for the 3rd consecutive semester, or at the end of the final semester of study i.e. upon reaching the maximum period of candidature. A letter of termination will be issued. 

      Appeal against termination on the grounds of extenuating circumstances may be made, subject to the following rules:
      • the appeal must be submitted to the relevant School within 2 weeks after the release of semester examination results or before the start of next semester, whichever is earlier.
      • normally, only one appeal is allowed per candidature. 

  9. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 must be maintained at the end of each semester to qualify for the overloading of courses. 

  10. The Dean’s list will be compiled on a yearly basis. The top 5% of the cohort, subject to attaining a minimum YGPA of 4.50 and the specified AU of graded courses by curriculum type taken in NTU in the academic year, is eligible for the Dean's list. Full-time single degree students have to complete at least 16 AU (non-BRC curriculum) or 15 AU (BRC curriculum) of graded courses, while part-time single degree students have to complete at least 9 AU of graded courses.  Effective from AY11-12, double degree students have to complete a total of 16 or 15 AU (for non-BRC and BRC respectively) of discrete graded courses from both degrees, and 9 AU of graded courses for each degree, to be eligible for Dean's list. Courses that are graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) and Pass/Fail or those with grades 'EX' (Exempted), 'IP' (In Progress) ad 'LOA' (Leave of Absence) are not counted in the AU of graded courses for the purpose of determining the Dean’s List. Besides this, final year students must attain at least a Second Upper Honours degree in order to be considered for the Dean’s List.

  11. Students enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Programme must maintain a minimum CGPA of 4.00 in order to remain in the programme. 

  12. Credits for courses taken from approved student exchange programmes will be excluded from the CGPA computation. But they will be counted toward the academic unit requirement for graduation, and reflected in the transcript. 

  13. The cut-off for each degree class is as follows: 

cGPA Range

 Degree Classification 

4-year Courses

 3-year Courses 

4.50 - 5.00

First Class

First Class

4.00 – 4.49

2nd Class Upper

2nd Class Upper

3.50 – 3.99

2nd Class Lower

2nd Class Lower

3.00 – 3.49

Third Class

Pass with Merit

2.00 – 2.99

Pass

Pass

  

For programmes under the College of Engineering (except for the Maritime Studies programme) and College of Science, a minimum CGPA of 4.50 plus at least an ‘A-‘ grade for the Final year Project (FYP), are required for the award of a First Class Honours degree. For programmes under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, students who opt out of the Final Year Project will not be eligible for a First Class or Second Upper Honours degree.

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