Grading Practices

NorQuest College uses two systems for the reporting of final grades in credit courses. All final grades are reported to the Office of the Registrar.

The following scale applies to credit programs and courses:

Letter Grade
(Post-secondary programs)
Grade Point Value
(Post-secondary programs)
Percentage (Alberta Education courses/preparatory) Descriptor
A+ 4.0 95-100  
A 4.0 90-94 Excellent
A- 3.7 85-89  
B+ 3.3 80-84  
B 3.0 75-79 Very Good
B- 2.7 70-74  
C+ 2.3 67-69  
C 2.0 64-66 Satisfactory/Acceptable
C- 1.7 60-63  
D+ 1.3 55-59  
D 1.0 50-54 Pass
F 0.0 0-49 Fail

The Alberta Common Grade Scheme became effective September 2002. Courses with a passing grade higher than a 1.0 will show all grades below the designated passing grade as an F.

Other Grades

Grade Explanation
ADV Advanced Credit
This grade is assigned by the Registrar when transfer credit has been granted for a course successfully completed at another post-secondary institution.  “ADV” grades are not calculated within the GPA.
AUD Audit
Students may be allowed to audit courses and will be charged an audit fee as indicated in the calendar. This grade indicates that the student is registered in the course; however, no credit or grade is expected or provided.
AW Registered as an auditor and withdrew
COM Complete
CON Continuing
This grade is awarded when a course is not passed or failed, but may be repeated.
INC Incomplete
This grade is assigned in extenuating circumstances and indicates that part of the course has not been completed or evaluated in the time period allotted. The “INC” grade reverts to an “F” after 30 calendar days if no final grade is submitted.
P or F Pass/Fail
This grade is assigned to courses with P (Pass) or F (Fail) as the only grades used.
PL Prior Learning Assessment Recognition
This grade is assigned by the Registrar when prior learning credit has been granted. “PL” grades are not calculated in the grade point average.
W Withdrawal (Before the academic penalty date)
This grade is assigned to courses that the student has withdrawn from after the drop date and before the midpoint of a term or session. A “W” grade is noted on a transcript, but not calculated in the grade point average.
WF Withdraw Fail (After academic penalty date)
This grade is assigned to courses that the student has withdrawn from after the midpoint of a term or session. A “WF” grade is calculated as a 0% or 0.0 in the grade point average.

GPA Calculation

A grade point average (GPA) is a weighted average of a student’s grades. GPA is calculated according to the formula using the credits assigned to each course and the grade points received. The calculations used in recording a student’s grades are:

  • Grade Points = Credits x Grade Point Value if 4.0 grade scale is used, or percentage grade if Percentage Grade Scale is used
  • GPA=Total Grade Points/Total Credits taken

See the 4.0 Grade Scale table mentioned earlier for grade point values.


Course Grade Credits Taken Grade Points Total Grade Points
HEAS 1000 In Progress -- -- --
ANPH 1001 B+ 3.0 3.3 9.9
ENGL 2550 C- 3.0 1.7 5.1
PSYC 1060 W -- -- --
SOCI 1000 F 3.0 0.0 0.0
Total   9.0   15.0

Total Grade Points = 15.0, Total Credits taken = 9.0, GPA = 15/9 = 1.67

Term and Cumulative GPA

NorQuest College calculates a term GPA at the end of each summer, fall, winter, and spring term. The term GPA will appear on the transcript. A cumulative GPA (CGPA) is also calculated and appears on the transcript. The cumulative GPA is the average GPA maintained over all credit courses taken at NorQuest. The cumulative GPA is calculated separately for foundational/academic upgrading courses and post-secondary courses.

Term and Cumulative GPA - Repeated Courses

If a course is repeated, credit for the highest grade will be used in the calculation of the GPA.


Punctual and regular attendance is expected of students. Attendance is mandatory only as a requirement for sponsored students, or when specified in course outlines. Failure to meet stated attendance requirements may result in course failure or withdrawal as determined by instructors and the Program Chair, or in withdrawal from the college.

Auditing Students

NorQuest College provides opportunities for the privilege of registering in a course(s) as an auditor, upon written approval by the appropriate Program Chair.

An audited course is not credited toward the requirements of any college credential. There will be no course evaluation, progress report, and no grades calculated towards a grade point average awarded to the student (the grade denoted on the transcript is “AUD”). Participation in the classroom is left to the discretion of the instructor. Some courses may be closed to auditing at the discretion of the appropriate Program Chair if the course is oversubscribed or equipment is limited.

Auditing is not allowed in practicum or lab courses and in some designated programs. A change in status from regular to audit is permitted only within the first two meetings of the class. Auditors must adhere to the standard add and drop periods. See Registration for further details.

Auditing Fees

Fees for auditing a course or program are 50% of the tuition fee, and the full cost for the program and supplies fee and book rental fee (if applicable). Auditing students do not pay a Students’ Association fee or student services fee, and are ineligible for the health and dental plans.

Transfer Credit

Course work completed at another accredited post-secondary institution may be equivalent to course work at NorQuest College. Transfer credit will normally be considered for courses in certificate and diploma programs.

To be considered for transfer credit, you must be admitted and make a formal request for assessment of relevant courses.

Transfer Credit Request forms (68K pdf) are available on the college website. Official transcripts from the issuing institution (see Transcripts & Testing for information on requesting post-secondary transcripts), as well as the Transfer Credit Request form (68K pdf), should be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than one month prior to the start date of the term in which the course you are requesting credit for is scheduled. Late requests may incur academic and/or financial penalties.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide sufficient documentation to prove that transfer credit should be granted. The Transfer Credit Request form (68K pdf) must be accompanied by the complete course syllabus/outline (short calendar course descriptions are not sufficient).

A minimum grade of C- or 60% is required to be considered for transfer credit. The college reserves the right to determine the minimum grade required for transfer credit approval.

The maximum number of courses that may be granted transfer credit is limited to 50% of the credit load of a given certificate or diploma program. Each faculty may consider exceptions. Transfer of courses will be subject to time limitations as up-to-date knowledge and skill are essential to student success. NorQuest College reserves the right to determine these time limits.

Once evaluated, the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit will convey the decision to the applicant via MyMail.

If transfer credit is granted, this will be noted on your NorQuest College transcript as a grade of “ADV.”

Alberta Transfer Guide

Students wishing to transfer from NorQuest College to another post-secondary institution should refer to the Alberta Transfer Guide, published by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT).

The guide lists all course and program transfer agreements between post-secondary institutions in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. The official guide is the online version, available at

Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT)
11th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L5
Tel. 780.422.9021
Toll-free: 310.0000
(ext. 780.422.9021)

Deaf or hearing impaired with TDD/TTY units call 780.427.9999 in Edmonton. From other locations, call 1.800.232.72151.800.232.7215.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Note: This practice is currently under review and may change. For more information, check with the Office of the Registrar.

NorQuest College recognizes prior learning by assigning credits for skills and knowledge acquired through work, non-formal education or training, self-study, or volunteer activities.

If you have acquired skills and knowledge outside the traditional classroom setting that are equivalent to our course outcomes, you may qualify to receive college credits toward a career program.

Contact the Program Chair or assessment coordinator to determine your eligibility.

If you are eligible, the Program Chair or assessment coordinator will provide information on fees and the types of prior learning assessment that may be conducted (challenge exams, portfolio assessments, etc.).

For example, if you have worked as an aide in a hospital for a number of years, you may qualify for credits towards our Health Care Aide certificate. When applying, let us know that you wish to have your prior informal learning assessed.

If you are eligible for prior learning assessment, you will be contacted by subject specialists from the program in which you want to register to discuss your next steps in the process. Fees for assessing prior learning may be charged.

For additional information about recognition for prior informal learning, call 780.644.6000.

Office of Student Judicial Affairs

See Academic Grade Appeal for more information related to grade appeal procedures.