Nanyang Technological University

Grade Point Average (GPA) System

The Grade Point Average (GPA) system applies to students admitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in AY2004-2005 and all students admitted to Year 1 with effect from AY2005-2006 and direct entry students admitted to Year 2 with effect from AY2006-2007.

 

(a) Grades and grade points are assigned as follows:

 

Letter GradeGrade Point
                       A+5.0
                       A5.0
                       A-4.5
                       B+4.0
                       B3.5
                       B-3.0
                       C+2.5
                       C2.0
                       D+1.5
                       D1.0
                       F0.0

 

The above grades also apply to all students with effect from AY2005-2006.

 

(b)  The following non-letter grades and notations are also used:

*       - Course with Pass/Fail grading only

#       - Repeated attempt

IP     - In Progress

LOA - Absent (with valid reasons)

EX    - Exempted from course

TC    - Transfer credit

S       - Satisfactory

U      - Unsatisfactory

 

(c)   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 (S/U) option was invoked, where the students were absent with valid reasons, and courses that the students are exempted from or are in progress (i.e. awarded an 'EX' or an 'IP' grade) are not included in the computation of CGPA.  A few examples of how CGPA is computed are given below.

 

Example 1

 

Course AU Grade Grade Point
AA1013B3.50
AB1023B-3.00
AC1033C2.00
AD1044A5.00
AE1053D1.00

 

Example 2

 

Course AU Grade Grade Point
AA1013B3.50
AB1023B-3.00
AC1033C2.00
AD1044A5.00
AE1053F0.00

 

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
AA1013B3.50
AB1023B-3.00
AC1033C2.00
AD1044UNA
AE1053SNA

 

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
AA1013B3.50
AB1023B-3.00
AC1033C2.00
AD1044A5.00
AE1053PNA

 

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
AA1013B3.50
AB1023B-3.00
AC1033C2.00
AD1044A5.00
AE1053EXNA

 

(d) The Year Grade Point Average (YGPA) represents the grade average of all courses (including failed courses) attempted by a student in any 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 a year]

 

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

 

(e) The CGPA will be reflected in students' transcripts.

 

(f)  An 'F' grade obtained in a course, and a new grade attained for the subsequent repeat, will both be reflected in the transcript.  Both grades will also be counted in the computation of YGPA and CGPA (unless qualified for Freshmen Year GPA exemption, effective AY2014-15).

 

(g) Students are not allowed to repeat any courses taken except those with 'F' grade.


Freshmen Year GPA Exemption 

  1. Effective from AY2014-15, up to 6 letter-graded courses that do not make the pass grade on first attempt in the Freshmen Year will be excluded from GPA computation.  This applies to examinable and non-examinable courses taken in the student's first 2 semesters of study in NTU, including adjoining Special Terms.
  2. GPA exemption is not applicable for courses with fail grade taken on the second or subsequent attempts in the Freshmen Year.
  3. The unused quota of 6 courses will lapse after the Freshmen Year.
  4. Students are not eligible for promotion to the next study year if their CGPA is nil arising from GPA exemptions, even if they meet the AU criteria.
  5. The grades for all attempts, including those exempted from GPA computation, will remain on the transcript.

 

FAQ on Freshmen Year GPA Exemption

 

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