Historical grading

Find out what grades were used by the different educational institutes incorporated into RMIT since the 1970s.

RMIT University has used several grading tables and incorporated a number of campuses and separate educational institutions since its establishment in 1887. The grades in the tables below appear on the transcripts of students from these institutions in the timeframe specified. 

Grade Definition Mark range

C

Credit Pass

75-100

P

Pass

50-74

S

Eligible for Supplementary Exam

35-49

N

Fail

0-49

N / DNS Fail – did not sit n/a
X / NEX No exam scheduled n/a
N / NE Fail – not eligible n/a
W Withdrawn n/a
E / EX Exemption n/a
Grade Definition

HD / H

High Distinction

DI / D

Distinction

CR / C

Credit

PA / P

Pass 

PX / P

Pass – no higher grading available

NN / N

Fail

NEX / X

No exam scheduled in the period

DNS / N

Fail – did not submit for assessment

NE / N

Fail – not eligible

WDR / W

Withdrawn from subject

EX / E

Individual subject exemption

BX / E

Block exemption in year/stage of course

NPC / N

Failed subject granted pass by compensation/faculty pass

NR / R

No result recorded by department

RW / T

Result withheld by department

DEF / S

Deferred exam granted by department

ECP

External Compassionate Pass – for students engaged in exchange, study abroad and cross-institutional study

Grades used 1990-1993

Grade Definition

A

High Distinction

B

Distinction

C

Credit

D

Pass

P

Pass

N

Not passed

Q

Credit or Exemption

W

Deferred

K

Withdrawn without fail grade

Coburg only

Grade Definition

A

Distinction

B

Credit

C

High Pass

D

Pass

P

Pass

N

Not Passed

Q

Credit or Exemption

W

Deferred

Grades used post 1985

Grade Definition

A

Distinction

B

Credit

C

High Pass

Grades used pre 1985

  • School of Community Studies
  • School of Education
Grade Definition

H

Honour

C

Credit

P

Pass

F

Fail

R

Not assessed at this time

Q

Exemption

  • School of Applied Science & Engineering
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Business
  • School of Chiropractic
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Physical Education & Leisure Studies
  • School of Social Work
Grade Mark range / Definition

A

80-100

B

70-79

C

60-69

D

50-59 – D is the lowest Pass assessment

E

40-49

F

30-39

G

0-29

U

Unknown

W

Deferred

X

Absent

Z

Ineligible

Q

Credit or Exemption

R

Not assessed at this time

S

Satisfactory progress

M

Unsatisfactory progress

T

Terminal pass

P Passed – for pass subjects only
N Not passed – for pass subjects only

Coburg only – 1970s

Grade Definition

H

Honours

C

Credit

P

Pass

F

Fail

Grades used pre 1975

Grade Definition

T

Two semester subject – unsatisfactory progress

Grade Definition

HD / H

High Distinction

DI / D

Distinction

CR / C

Credit

PA / P

Pass – higher grading available

PX / P

Pass – no higher grading available

NN / N

Fail

NEX / X

No exam scheduled in the period

DNS / N

Fail – did not sit

NE / N

Fail – not eligible

WDR / W

Withdrawn from subject

EX / E

Individual subject exemption

BX / E

Block exemption in year/stage of course

NPC / N

Failed subject granted pass by compensation/faculty pass

NR / R

No result recorded by department

RW / T

Result withheld by department

DEF / S

Deferred exam granted by department

Grades used in the 1970s

Grade Definition

C

Credit Pass

P

Pass

N

Fail

A

Absent

D

Deferred

Grade Definition Previous equivalents

D

Distinction

   

C

Credit

   

P

Pass

   

PA

Competency Demonstrated – Pass (Only PA or NX results apply)

   

PN

Conditional Pass (Details recorded at Student Records Office)

   

PI

Pass (Internal Assessment only) – in subject with external assessment which has not been completed

   

PE

Pass at ESL level

P*    

N

Fail

   

NX

Competency Not Demonstrated – Fail (Only PA or NX results apply)

   

NR

Result Withheld (Details recorded at Student Records Office)

   

NS

Result Withheld (supplementary assessment offered)

   

SH

Satisfactory Completion – based on completion of class hours

   

I

No Result Yet – subject continues

   

RX

Credit Transfer

E    

RE

Recognition of Prior Learning

R RD RW RT

WA

Withdrew (formal application made and approved)

   

WN

Ceased to attend (deemed to have failed)

   

WT

Withdrew – transferred course or college (formal application made and approved)

   

Grades used early to mid 1980s

Pass grades

Grade Mark range

A

80-100

B

70-79

C

60-69

D

50-59

P

Passed (No higher grade available)

Q

Exemption

Fail grades

Grade Mark range

E

40-49

F

30-39

G

0-29

N

Not passed

Other grades

Grade Definition

W

Withheld

X

Absent

Grades used 1972-1975

Grade Mark range / Definition

A

80-100

B

70-79

C

60-69

D

50-59

P

Passed

E

40-49

F

30-39

G

0-29

N

Not Passed

U

Unknown

W

Deferred

X

Absent

Z

Ineligible

R

Two Semester Subject – Not Assessed at this time

S

Two Semester Subject – Satisfactory progress

T

Two Semester Subject – Unsatisfactory progress

Grades used 1971

Grade Definition

H1

First Honour

H2

Second Honour

H3

Third Honour

P

Pass

N

Fail

A

Absent

D

Deferred

U

Unknown

Grade Definition

H

Honours

C

Credit

P

Pass

F

Fail

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