Grades

Find out about the different grades you'll receive in your program at RMIT.

Temporary grading changes in second half of 2021 

Fail grades will be converted to 'Withdrawn from course' (WDR) and will not count towards GPA/WAM. 

In recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in the second half of 2021, RMIT will convert all fail grades in relevant courses to ‘Withdrawn from course’ (WDR). The terms/semesters in scope are listed under the Grade changes 2021 tab below. 

This means that, if you receive a fail grade for a course, it will be progressively changed to ‘Withdrawn from course (WDR)’ after the official results release date. The fail grade will not appear on your academic transcript* and will not count towards your Grade Point Average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mark (WAM), if applicable.  

Course fees will still apply if you fail your course and the result is converted to a WDR. 

*This does not apply to failure of course penalties imposed by a senior officer or Student Conduct Board on grounds of misconduct under the Student Conduct policy. These grades will continue to show on transcripts and will count towards WAM/GPA. 

Result Not Finalised (RNF) grades

If you can’t complete the full learning requirements for your course in the second half of 2021 you will receive a grade of ‘Result Not Finalised (RNF)’.  

More information:

FAQs - Temporary grading changes

WDR, “Withdrawn from course” is a final grade that does not contribute to your GPA or WAM (if applicable).  

During the second half of 2021, RMIT is supporting students due to the impact of COVID-19 and converting all fail grades to WDR.  

If you have a fail grade at the time of result release for a course in the second half of 2021 (see the table above for details), it will be progressively converted to WDR. 

While WDR grades will not contribute to your GPA or WAM, it is not possible to remove them from your transcript. 

No, course fees are not refunded if you fail your course and the result is converted to a WDR. If you need financial assistance, please visit our financial support pages.

Yes, you’re entitled to seek a review for your final grade for a course by contacting your course coordinator or program manager.  

After seeking a review of the final grade, you may be eligible to appeal the final fail grade for the course.

Select your cohort from the tabs below to find out more about your grades.

Higher education / Assoc degree grades

  • Final grades
  • Interim grades
  • Credit transfer and external grades

Final grades

Grade Definition Mark range

HD

High Distinction

80-100

DI

Distinction

70-79

CR

Credit

60-69

PA

Pass

50-59

PX Pass grade only –  appears when no higher grading is available for an assessment.  
SP Supplementary pass – may be applied when a student successfully completes an approved supplementary assessment task.  
NN Fail 0-49
NH Failed mandatory hurdle requirement.  
WDR Withdrawn from course – applies where a student withdraws from a course after the census date but no later than the last day to withdraw without academic penalty.  
RSC Remission (removal) of debt under special circumstances – applies where a student is granted a remission of debt in special circumstances after the census date.  

Interim grades

Grade Definition
DEF Deferred Assessment – denotes that a deferral has been granted to a formal examination or assessment via Special consideration.
EOT Extension of Time – denotes that an extension of time of more than seven calendar days has been granted via Special consideration.
EQV Equivalent assessment – denotes that an equivalent assessment has been granted via Special consideration.
NEX No assessment scheduled.
RNF

Result not finalised:

  • academic delay in finalising the grade
  • an equitable assessment arrangement is in place
  • a project/thesis was not due for submission until the end of the teaching period
  • industry-based assessment
  • approved exchange, study abroad or cross-institutional study course
RWI Result withheld industrial
SUP Supplementary assessment granted by a course assessment committee or program assessment board.

Credit transfer and external grading

Grade Definition
EX Exemption granted
BX Block exemption
MX Masters Exemption Granted (for Masters programs only)
EPG External Pass Grade – for students engaged in exchange and study abroad
EFG External Fail Grade – for students engaged in exchange and study abroad
RLG Recognition of prior learning – granted

Vocational education grades

  • Final grades
  • Interim grades
  • Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL) grades

Final grades

Grade Definition

CA

Competency Achieved

NYC

Not Yet Competent

DNS

Did Not Submit for assessment

SEC Stopped engagement in course
WDR Withdrawn from course
RSC Remission (removal) of debt under special circumstances – applies where a student is granted a remission of debt in special circumstances after the census date.

Interim grades

Grade Definition

CPE

Competency achieved, pending employer sign-off – denotes that RMIT has assessed the student as competent and the employer sign-off is pending (competency based courses only).

DEF

Deferred assessment – denotes that a deferral has been granted to a formal examination or assessment via Special consideration.

EOT

Extension of Time – denotes that an extension of time of greater than seven calendar days has been granted via Special consideration.

EQV

Equivalent assessment – denotes that an equivalent assessment has been granted via Special consideration.

RNF

Result not finalised. This can be due to:

  • an academic delay in finalising the grade
  • an equitable assessment arrangement being in place
  • a project/thesis not due for submission until the end of the teaching period
  • an industry-based assessment
  • an approved exchange, study abroad or cross-institutional study course.

RNY

Recognition of Prior Learning final result not yet available.

RWI

Result withheld industrial

SUP

Supplementary assessment granted by a course assessment committee or program assessment board.

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL) grades

Grades Definition

EX

Exemption granted

RCG

Recognition of Current Competency – Granted

RCN

Recognition of Current Competency – Not granted

RLG

Recognition of Prior Learning – Granted (appears only for RPL granted from 2007)

RLN

Recognition of Prior Learning – Not granted

Research grades

  • Final grades – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Final grades – Masters by Research
  • Examination of thesis/project
  • Interim grades
  • Credit transfer and external grading

Final grades – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Grade Definition

PX

Pass

NN

Fail

NEX

No Assessment Scheduled. This grade will appear each semester until the final grade is recorded.

Final grades – Masters by Research

Grade Definition Mark range

HD

High Distinction

80-100

DI

Distinction

70-79

CR

Credit

60-69

PA

Pass

50-59

NN

Fail

0-49

Examination of thesis/project

When the examination of a thesis/project is complete, the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Training and Development, SGR will assign one of the following classifications after considering the examiners reports and recommendations:

Classification Definition

C1

Passed. No requirement for correction or amendment other than corrections of an editorial nature. Amendments are to be made within four weeks of classification and certified by an RMIT academic delegate.

C2

Passed subject to minor amendments. Recommended amendments may include re-writing of small sections of text. Amendments are to be made within six weeks of classification and certified by an RMIT academic delegate.

C3

Passed subject to major amendments. Recommended amendments may involve substantial re-writing of parts of the thesis. Amendments are to be made within six months of classification and certified by an RMIT academic delegate.

C4

Revise and resubmit. The candidate should not yet be awarded the degree. Substantial revisions and a re-examination by two approved external examiners are required before a pass can be considered. Resubmission for re-examination to take place within 12 months of initial classification.

C5

Failed. The research does not meet the criteria for the degree as specified by the University and a significant amount of additional research work and/or major substantive revision will not raise it to an acceptable. standard.

Candidates will be advised of the classification and the timeframe in which they have to make any required amendments and re-submit.

The final grade will be awarded once the final archival version of the research and all required authorisations is lodged, and after a recommendation has been made to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Training and Development, SGR that the candidate be admitted to the appropriate degree. 

After the candidate has graduated, the conferral information and completion date (final archival submission date) will be entered into the University’s student system and an official transcript of results will be issued.

Interim grades

Grade Definition

DEF

Deferred Assessment – denotes that a deferral has been granted to a formal examination or assessment via Special consideration.

EOT

Extension of Time – denotes that an extension of time of more than seven calendar days has been granted via Special consideration.

EQV

Equivalent assessment – denotes that an equivalent assessment has been granted via Special consideration,

Credit transfer and external grading

Grade Definition

EX

Exemption granted

Monitoring academic progress

HDR candidates are required to demonstrate satisfactory progress throughout the duration of their candidature. Academic progress is formally monitored and documented at each meeting between a candidate and their supervisor/s as a shared responsibility and is also formally measured for individual candidates through the three compulsory candidature milestone reviews organised by the School.

Candidates who are identified as making unsatisfactory progress will be assisted in accordance with the HDR candidate progress management instruction.

Foundation Studies grades

  • Final grades
  • Interim grades

Final grades

Grade Definition Mark range

HD

High Distinction

80-100

DI

Distinction

70-79

CR

Credit

60-69

PA

Pass

50-59

NN

Fail

0-49

NC

Not Complete

N/A

NPC

Granted Pass by Compensation

N/A

RWI

Result withheld industrial

N/A

Interim grades

Grade Definition

DEF

Deferred Assessment – denotes that a deferral has been granted to a formal examination or assessment via Special consideration.

EOT

Extension of Time – denotes that an extension of time of more than seven calendar days has been granted via Special consideration.

EQV

Equivalent assessment – denotes that an equivalent assessment has been granted via Special consideration.

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) grades

  • Skills (Ongoing, Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking)
  • Overall results

Skills (Ongoing, Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking)

Grade Definition Mark range
HD High distinction 80-100

D

Distinction

70-79

CR

Credit

60-69

PA

Pass

50-59

NN Fail 0-49

Overall results

Result Definition
Achieved A Pass or greater for each of Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Not Achieved

One or more Fails for any of the skills of Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Grading changes - second half 2021

The following terms/semesters will have fail grades converted to ‘Withdrawn from course’ (WDR) for the second half of 2021.

Student cohort Term Start date End date Results release date
RMIT Online Accelerated Postgraduate – Teaching Period 4
2149
5 July 2021 20 August 2021
27 August 2021
SHAPE – May Trimester 2131
3 May 2021
2 August 2021
30 August 2021
Kaplan – May Trimester
2131
17 May 2021
22 August 2021
20 September 2021
RMIT Online Postgraduate – Teaching Period 3 2149
12 July 2021
24 September 2021
1 October 2021
OUA Undergraduate – Study Period 2 2137/2104 
31 May 2021 3 September 2021
4 October 2021
Vietnam – Semester 2 2192 28 June 2021
18 September 2021 4 October 2021
RMIT Online Accelerated Postgraduate – Teaching Period 5
2149
30 August 2021
15 October 2021
22 October 2021
SIM – Semester 2
2160 
1 July 2021
6 November 2021
25 November 2021
Vocational education - Semester 2
2145 5 July 2021
12 November 2021
29 November 2021
Undergraduate/Associate Degree – Semester 2
2150 19 July 2021
12 November 2021 
29 November 2021
Postgraduate – Semester 2
2150
19 July 2021
12 November 2021
29 November 2021
OUA Postgraduate – Study Session 2 2166 
19 July 2021 5 November 2021
29 November 2021
Foundation Studies – Semester 2 
2145 
19 July 2021 26 November 2021
10 December 2021
Hong Kong Art School – July Semester 
2148 
2 July 2021
29 November 2021
13 December 2021
RMIT Online Accelerated Postgraduate – Teaching Period 6 
2149 
25 October 2021
10 December 2021
17 December 2021
RMIT Online Postgraduate – Teaching Period 4 
2149 
4 October 2021
17 December 2021
24 December 2021
OUA Undergraduate – Study Period 3 
2177/2104 
30 August 2021
3 December 2021
4 January 2022
SHAPE – September Trimester 
2161 
30 August 2021
29 November 2021
4 January 2022
SUIBE– September Semester 
2148 
6 September 2021
17 December 2021
14 January 2022
Kaplan – September Trimester 
2161 
13 September 2021
19 December 2021
17 January 2022
SIM – November 2021 Intensive session 
2170 
1 November 2021
23 December 2021
27 January 2022
Brandix – July Semester 
2148 
7 August 2021
9 January 2022
7 February 2022
Vietnam – Semester 3
2193
18 October 2021
15 January 2022
14 February 2022

Need help?

If you have a question about your grades for an assessment, contact your tutor or Course Coordinator for advice.

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