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Grade/CEU Chart and Descriptions


Grade Chart | Letter Grades | Passed or Not Passed | Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory | Not for Credit | Petition to Withdraw | Incomplete Grade Petition

For all academic credit classes and for graded noncredit 800-level classes, it is recommended that instructors grade their students using the following chart (the use of pluses and minuses is optional). See instructions on how to submit final grades/CEUs using your instructor account. For more complete descriptions, policies, and procedures relating to each grade type (letter grade, passed or not passed, etc.), please review sections below. Please note that UC Berkeley Extension does not calculate an official grade point average (GPA); however, grade points are calculated to determine if a student has earned a certificate or program completion award “with distinction.”

Grade (for roster) Grade points per unit recommended percentage breakdown Description
A+
A
A-
4.0
4.0
3.7
94–100%
94–100%
90–93%
Excellent: The grade of "A+", when awarded at the instructor's discretion, represents extraordinary achievement, but does not receive grade point credit beyond that received for the grade of A.
B+
B
B-
3.3
3.0
2.7
86–89%
83–85%
80–82%
Good
C+
C
C-
2.3
2.0
1.7
76–79%
73–75%
70–72%
Fair: Each course in a certificate program must be completed with a grade of C or better, although some programs have higher requirements.
D+
D
D-
1.3
1.0
0.7
66–69%
63–65%
60–62%
Barely passed
F 0.0 < 60% Failed
P     Passed at a minimum level of C-minus or 70%
NP     Not Passed—anything below a C-minus or below 70%
S     Satisfactory or passed at a minimum level of B-minus or 80% (only an option for graduate division university courses e.g. X200–299)
U     Unsatisfactory—anything below a B-minus or below 80% (only an option for graduate division university courses, e.g. X200–299)
I     Work incomplete, due to circumstances beyond the student's control, but of passing quality. Work should be completed within 90 days of the section end date or the online due date. If the work is not completed within a year, the grade of incomplete converts to failure (F) one year after issuance. See Incomplete Grade Petition for more information.
NC     Not for Credit: Assigned to students whose attendance is satisfactory but who choose not to fulfill credit requirements
W     Withdrawal: Withdrawal from a course without academic penalty. Issued based on a student-initiated withdrawal. See Petition to Withdraw for more information
CEU     Assigning CEU indicates that the student has attended all of the instructional hours and has participated in the course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Letter Grades

"A", "B", and "C" denote satisfactory progress in a course. “D” denotes barely passed and “F” denotes failure. Instructors may use pluses and minuses on the official grade roster when assigning a letter grade. When attached to the grades "A", "B", "C", or "D", plus (+) grades carry three-tenths of a grade point more per unit, and minus (-) grades carry three-tenths of a grade point less per unit than un-suffixed grades, except for "A+", which carries the same four grade points as "A". The "A" grade itself recognizes outstanding performance, but when "A+" is awarded at the instructor’s discretion, it represents extraordinary achievement.

Students can request to change their grade option to letter grade as long as the instructor has recorded the students’ academic progress throughout the course. For credit courses numbered X1–299, X300–399 and X400–499 and for graded noncredit 800-level courses, students can request to change to the letter grade option before the final exam or final project deadline (if applicable) or by the section end date or online due date.

For Berkeley-equivalent (XB and XBW) courses, students can request to change their grading option from Not for Credit (NC) to Credit Letter Grade (CLG), or from Credit Letter Grade (CLG) to Not for Credit (NC), until one-third through the course. Students can request to change their grading option from Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) to Credit Letter Grade (CLG), or from Credit Letter Grade (CLG) to Pass/Not Pass (N/NP), until two-thirds through the course.

Passed or Not Passed (P/NP)

Passed/Not Passed can only be assigned to students who complete the requirements for credit. To assign a Passed (P) grade, the student must have earned at least a "C-". If the student's grade is lower than "C-", a Not Passed (NP) is appropriate. Passed and Not Passed carry no grade points and the units are excluded in determination of the grade points when a student has completed a certificate or program.

Students can request to change their grade option to Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) as long as the instructor has recorded the students’ academic progress throughout the course. For credit courses numbered X1–299, X300–399, and X400–499 and for graded noncredit 800-level courses, students can request to change their grade option to P/NP before the final exam or final project deadline (if applicable) or by the section end date or online due date.

For Berkeley-equivalent (XB and XBW) courses, students can request to change their grading option from Not for Credit (NC) to Pass/NP (P/NP), or from Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) to Not for Credit (NC), until one-third through the course. Students can request to change their grading option from Credit Letter Grade (CLG) to Pass/Not Pass (P/NP), or from Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) to Credit Letter Grade (CLG), until two-thirds through the course. For specific XB and XBW term deadlines, please visit extension.berkeley.edu/static/studentservices/enrollment#xb.

Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U)

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory can only be assigned to students who complete the requirements for credit for a graduate division university level course numbered X200–299. To assign a Satisfactory (S) grade, the student must have earned at least a "B-". If the student's grade is lower than "B-", an Unsatisfactory (U) is appropriate. Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory carry no grade points and the units are excluded in determination of the grade points.

For X200–299 credit courses, students can request to change their grade option to S/U before the final exam or final project deadline (if applicable) or by the section end date or online due date.

Not for Credit (NC)

Not for Credit is assigned to students whose attendance in credit courses is satisfactory, but who choose not to fulfill credit requirements. Not for Credit may not be assigned to students who stop attending class.

For credit courses numbered X1–299, X300–399, and X400–499, students can request to change their grade option to NC before the final exam or final project deadline (if applicable) or by the section end date or online due date. For Berkeley-equivalent courses (XB and XBW) courses, students can request to change their grading option from Credit Letter Grade (CLG) to Not for Credit (NC), or from Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) to Not for Credit (NC), until one-third through the course. For specific XB and XBW term deadlines, please visit extension.berkeley.edu/static/studentservices/enrollment#xb.

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