Grading policies

Methods of evaluation include tests, participation in class discussions, performance in seminar presentations, performance during professional practical, demonstration of practical skill requirements, laboratory assignments and examinations, open book or take-home examinations and final examinations.

Instructors provide written course outlines at the start of the course that will include description of how your final grade will be determined. This description will include which methods will be used, a general description of how each requirement will be evaluated, the weight given to each in the calculation of the   final grade, penalties for the late submission of work and any special regulations about laboratory or term assignments and essays.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the grading criteria for each course in which you are registered. Lack of familiarity with how a course final grade is calculated is not a sufficient reason for appeal of a grade.


It is generally recognized that continuous evaluation is an important part of the learning process; however, final examinations are required in some courses. The grading criteria distributed for each course at the start of the semester will indicate if a final exam is required. If a course you are taking has a final exam it will not count for more than 50% of your final grade.

In courses that have a scheduled exam period, a schedule of examinations will be available at least four weeks before the start of examinations. If you are unable to write an examination you must follow the steps described in the Academic Integrity & Appeals policy [PDF] and procedure [PDF]. 

Grading scale

Final grades are generally reported using letter grades. Each letter has a numerical equivalent that is used to calculate a student's grade point average (GPA). Letter grades and numerical equivalents are:

Letter Grade and Point Scale: 

Letter Grade


Grade Point 

Academic Standing 


 95-100 4.33 Outstanding Achievement
 A  90-94 4.00 Outstanding Achievement
 A-  85-89 3.67 Outstanding Achievement
 B+  80-84 3.33 Above Average Achievement
 B  75-79 3.00 Above Average Achievement 
 B-  70-74 2.67 Above Average Achievement
 C+  65-69 2.33 Average Achievement
 C  60-64 2.00 Average Achievement
 C-  55-59 1.67 Average Achievement
 P 50-54  1.00  Marginal Achievement
 F 0-49 0.00 Failure


Percentage Grade Scale:

Percentage Range

Vocational Academic Standing 

Developmental Academic Standing


Outstanding Achievement Outstanding Achievement
 90-94 Outstanding Achievement Outstanding Achievement
 85-89 Above Average Achievement Above Average Achievement
 80-84 Average Achievement
Average Achievement
 75-79 Average Achievement
Average Achievement
 70-74 Marginal Achievement
Satisfactory Achievement
 50-69 Failure
Marginal Achievement
 0-49 Failure  Failure

Letter Codes:

Letter Code



 AEG Credit granted in extenuating circumstances where 70% of the course was successfully completed  Faculty recommendation to Registrar


Registered without evaluation of learning Registrar
 CIP Course in progress
 EC Earned credit from courses completed at CMTN
 I Incomplete
 NC Credit not granted  Faculty
 NG No grade assigned
 PC Partial completion in a continuous entry/ exit program or specialized education program   Faculty 
 PLA Credit granted through assessment of prior learning
 SC Course registration status change
 TRF Transfer Credit  Registrar 
 W Official Withdrawal  Registrar 
 RTW Required to Withdraw due to non-academic misconduct, academic misconduct, or academic standing  President, Dean, or Registrar 

Calculating grade points and grade point average

The grade point for a course is calculated by multiplying the numerical equivalent of the letter grade obtained in the course and the course credit hours. A course which had three credit hours and in which a student obtained a B- would therefore have a grade point of 3 x 2.67 = 8.01.

A student's grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points he/she has earned by the total number of credits he/she has accumulated.

Honours standing

Honours standing will be recognized on transcripts based on GPA.

  • Honours standing will be recognized on issuance of a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree.
  • Minimum GPA for honour's standing is 3.67 or an average equivalent to an 'A-'
  • Honour's standing will be granted to students in vocational programs who have an average final grade of 90% or greater
  • GPA will be based on all courses used to complete the Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree.
  • Transfer courses will be calculated on grade received from the sending institution.

Note: Students intending to transfer to another post-secondary institution should be aware that the institution may have different letter grade and grade point interpretations than CMTN. Students should therefore consult with the other post-secondary institution to determine the particular institution's interpretation of grades transferred.

Incomplete grades

An incomplete grade indicates some required course work was not completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen but justifiable reasons and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. It is the student's responsibility to discuss the situation with his/her instructor.

The student and instructor must develop a plan to satisfy the remaining course requirements within a reasonable period of time. An incomplete grade will change to an 'F' if the required work is not completed within the time period agreed upon or, if not date specified, within one year of the last day of the course.


A grade of 'W' indicates the student officially withdrew from the course and/or program and does not affect his/her standing at the College. For most weekly billed-continuous intake programs a student may withdraw at any time. Fees are charged only until the week of the date of withdrawal. Credit-billed and weekly billed-fixed intake programs have a specified date after which withdrawals are allowed only in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the instructor. Non-attendance by itself is not considered to be a withdrawal and the instructor may assign a grade of 'F' to those who do not formally withdraw.

To withdraw from a course or program the student must complete the appropriate forms at the Registration Office of your local campus.

Note: Before withdrawing from a course, recipients of student aid through the BC Student Assistance Program should check whether their eligibility for aid would be affected