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.

Letter Grade
(Post-secondary programs)
Grade Point Value
(Post-secondary programs)
Percentage (Alberta Education courses/preparatory) Descriptor
A+ 4.0 95-100 Excellent
A 4.0 90-94
A- 3.7 85-89
B+ 3.3 80-84 Very Good
B 3.0 75-79
B- 2.7 70-74
C+ 2.3 67-69 Satisfactory/ Acceptable
C 2.0 64-66
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 may have a passing grade higher than "D" or "50-54". For these courses, anything below the minimum pass will be graded 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 grade point average (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This grade is assigned to courses that the student has withdrawn from after the drop date and before the midpoint of a term or session.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This grade is assigned to courses that the student has withdrawn from after the midpoint of a term or session.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 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


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 appears on the transcript. A cumulative GPA 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. The college may limit the number of times a credit course may be repeated.

Honours Criteria

Post-secondary certificate and diploma programs (excluding employment certificates) recognize the Honours distinction for outstanding academic achievement. The college honours criteria is an overall grade point average of 3.7 or greater, with no courses having been failed or repeated. Honours distinction will be noted on the transcript and parchment of qualified graduates.


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 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 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. Requests for transfer credit for courses a student is currently enrolled in must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the drop deadline.

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).

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

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 student 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

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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 to determine your eligibility.

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

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.

Challenge Exams

Some post-secondary programs may allow students to write challenge exams to obtain credit for specific courses. If you have acquired skills or knowledge, which are relevant to the outcomes of a specific course, you may request permission from the Program Chair to enrol in and complete a challenge exam. A challenged course will appear on a student’s transcript with the grade obtained in the exam and will contribute to the grade point average. Some courses may not be eligible for challenge exam at the discretion of the Program Chair. Challenge exam fees apply.

For high school equivalency challenge exams only, refer to the Challenge Exam Centre.

Office of Student Judicial Affairs

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