The FAQs below provide information for students who are interested in learning more about the alternate grading model available for the winter 2020 term.

The standard letter-grade model will apply to any course for which you have not chosen the alternate model. No action is required on your part if you wish to be graded using the letter-grade model.


Who do I contact if I was not graded according to the grading option I selected?
We have experienced some technical difficulties with the selection of the alternate grading model on Moodle. If you were not graded according to the grading model you selected, please e-mail the associate registrar at assocregistrar@mta.ca.


About the Pass, Conditional Pass, or Fail grading model

How does the Pass (P), Conditional Pass (CP), or Fail (F) grading model option work? 
This is an alternate grading model option to the standard letter-grade model. Students have a choice, which must be made by 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) April 7, as to whether they wish to choose this alternate grading model for any of their courses. You will be able to make this choice on a course-by-course basis; you may choose to be graded using the P, CP, F grading model in some courses and not in others. 

There is no requirement to ‘choose’ the standard letter-grade approach — if you do not register for the alternate P, CP, F grading model by 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) April 7, the letter-grade model will be used. If you choose the Pass, Conditional Pass, or Fail model, a special notation will be added to your transcript to indicate that the P, CP, F grade was related to exceptional measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What is the deadline to choose the P, CP, or F grading model option? 
April 7. This corresponds with the last official day of classes. 

There is no requirement to ‘choose’ the standard letter-grade approach — if you do not register for the alternate P, CP, F grading model by 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) April 7, the letter-grade model will be used on your transcript.  

If I choose the P, CP, or F grading model option, do I need to finish final projects and/or write a final exam for that course? 
If you have questions about a specific course and what must be completed to finish the course, please direct them to your professor. Unless directed otherwise, you must complete all assigned work.

Can I choose the P, CP, or F grading model option for some courses and not others? 
Yes. Students will be able to make this choice on a course-by-course basis; they may choose to be graded using the P, CP, or F model in some courses and not in others. 


Understanding grades in the alternate grading model

What does Pass (P) mean? 
A pass provides you with a course credit that can be used to fulfill pre-requisite requirements, but is excluded from your GPA. 

What does Conditional Pass (CP) mean? 
A conditional pass means you passed the course, which provides you with a course credit, and it is also excluded from your GPA calculation, but it may not be used to fulfill pre-requisite requirements.

How do grades of P, CP, and F in the alternate grading model correspond to those in the letter-grade model?

  • P (Pass) — a P is equivalent to a grade of C- or above and indicates the course can be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
  • CP (Conditional Pass) — a CP grade is a D range grade: D-, D, D+. This is a non-continuing pass, which means the course does not fulfill prerequisite requirements.
  • F (Fail) — a grade of F is the same in both models.

How does choosing the P, CP, or F grading model option affect pre-requisite courses?
A grade of P in a course means the course can be used as a pre-requisite.   

A grade of CP means the course cannot be used as a pre-requisite.

Can a CP (Conditional Pass) grade be used to fulfill program requirements?
Yes. While a CP (conditional pass) cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements, it does indicate you have passed a course and earned the credits, so it can be used to satisfy program requirements.

I am repeating a course to improve a poor/failing grade. How could the P, CP, or F grading model affect me?
A P or CP grade will not replace a poor or failing grade in your GPA calculation. You will still, however, earn credit for the course assuming you have not already received credit for it.

The issues of P vs CP as a pre-requisite is covered elsewhere.


GPA 

How does choosing the P, CP, or F grading model option in a course or courses affect my GPA?
P and CP grades are excluded from the calculation of GPA.   

A grade of F will impact the GPA calculation and indicates that no credit was received.  

If grades of P or CP don’t affect my GPA, how is my GPA calculated? 
A GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained during the given period (credit hours x grade points) by the number of credit hours attempted in the given period. Credits graded ‘P’ or ‘CP’ are excluded from the Grade Point Average. Only courses which receive a standard letter grade will factor into calculations.  

In the alternate grading model, how does an F impact my GPA? Is that different from the way it would impact my grade in the letter-grade model?
A grade of F will have the same impact on your GPA whether you chose the standard letter grade model or the alternate grading model (P,CP, or F).

If I select the alternate grading model for all of my winter courses, how would that impact my 2019-2020 GPA? My cumulative GPA? 
Your 2019-20 (or 19/FW) session GPA will be calculated based on courses taken in the spring/summer 2019 and fall 2019 terms. If the alternate grading system is chosen, grades of P or CP are excluded from the Grade Point Average. A grade of F will have the same impact on your GPA whether you chose the standard letter grade model or the alternate grading model (P,CP, or F).


Letter grade vs P, CP, or F model

Why would I select the letter-grade model? 
Maintain the standard letter-grade model if you don’t anticipate any problems managing your workload, if you expect to achieve desired results in a course, or if you would prefer a grade that accurately reflects your work in the course.

Why would I select the alternate grading model? 
An alternate grading option provides you with flexibility to manage your workload in completing all your courses to the end of the term.

You should have a sense of how you are doing to date in each course, what work is required to complete your courses, and how much of that work you are able to complete to the standard you want before the end of term. If you don't think you can finish the work to your usual standard, alternate grading may offer greater confidence in achieving a Pass (P) for the course and the mark will not count towards your GPA. 

Is there someone who can assist me in making this decision? 
You can reach academic advising services by e-mail at advisor@mta.ca. Academic advisors can help you understand academic regulations and provide information and guidance as you make academic decisions.

If you are considering the alternate grading model out of concern about workload, your academic performance, or if you aren’t sure where you stand in a class, you should first discuss the decision with your course instructor. Your instructor, however, is not expected to provide an interim grade to you and cannot give you specific advice about your choice.


Academic probation

I am currently on academic probation. Does my choice of grading model impact my future standing? 
Yes, it could. Any courses graded with a P or CP are excluded from Session Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative GPA calculations. This may have a positive or negative impact on your Session and Cumulative GPAs, both of which are factors in determining your academic standing at the end of the winter term.

If I select the alternate grading model, does this hinder me in any way from getting off academic probation?
Please contact an academic advisor at advisor@mta.ca if you are concerned about whether the alternate grading model might hinder or help your return to Good Standing. An advisor can assist you in making the necessary calculations for an informed decision. 


Graduating students

Are there any aspects of this selection that I should keep in mind if I am trying to graduate in May 2020? 
As long as you achieve a P or CP in a course, the credits will count toward your degree.

How will choosing the P, CP, or F grading option affect deans’ list standing and/or graduating with distinction? 
Any courses graded with a P or CP are excluded from session Grade Point Average (GPA) and cumulative GPA calculations. Grades of F factor into GPA calculations in the same manner under both grading models. This may have a positive or negative impact on your session and cumulative GPAs, both of which are a factor in determining your academic standing at the end of the winter term (including assessment for deans’ List standing and graduating with distinction).

How could choosing the P, CP, or F grading model option affect my ability to apply/be accepted into graduate and professional programs? 
It is not possible to predict this and it will depend on the policies of the specific university/program to which the student applies.  

Keep in mind that virtually all universities have been forced to make accommodations in their own terms, courses, and academic policies due to the impact of COVID-19. Given that, and the fact that some universities have, or are adopting, alternate grading models for their own students, it is reasonable to assume that some universities will need to re-assess acceptance criteria currently in place.

This said, Mount Allison can offer no guarantees with respect to how external entities will interpret the use of the P, CP, or F grading model.


Scholarships

How will scholarship renewals be handled?
All scholarships have a 30-credit requirement total over the fall and winter terms to renew. Due to the current situation, we will amend to a 15-credit requirement over the fall term and a 9 or more credit requirement over the winter term (minimum 24 credits total). All existing GPA requirements to determine eligibility for both the University General Scholarship and renewal of our Entrance Scholarships remain the same.

Most of our scholarships have a GPA requirement of 3.7. Some specific scholarships are different, and we will not change the minimum GPA requirement for these named scholarships

How will choosing the P, CP, or F grading option affect scholarship renewal?
All course credit hours from letter grades and P and CP grades will count toward scholarship eligibility for the 2019-2020 assessment year. P and CP grades are excluded from the calculation of GPA. Your remaining letter grades (from the fall term and from any courses you have decided to have graded with letter grades in the winter term) will be used to calculate your GPA and determine your scholarship eligibility. You are therefore not restricted from choosing the P, CP, or F grading model for any or all of your courses for the winter term.

If I want my scholarship renewed, do I need to choose the letter grade option for all courses?
No, you do not. You are required to earn a minimum of 24 credits (at least 15 in the fall term and 9 or more in the winter term) and achieve the necessary Grade Point Average on those courses for which you received a letter grade. (P and CP grades are excluded from the calculation of your GPA, but still count toward your total required credit hours.)

If I have a scholarship (including a Bell Scholarship or any other academic-based scholarship), are there any restrictions as to the number of courses that I can select to be graded by the alternate grading model?
No, there are not. You are required to earn a minimum of 24 credits (at least 15 in the fall term and 9 or more in the winter term) and achieve the necessary Grade Point Average on those courses for which you received a letter grade. (P and CP grades are excluded from the calculation of your GPA, but still count toward your total required credit hours.)

Are the impacts of selecting the alternate grading model the same for all scholarships?
Yes. The impacts are the same for all scholarships.


How to select the alternate grading model 

The deadline to make a selection is April 7. What time that day will the selection period end? 
You will have until the end of the day — 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) — to make your selection.

Can I change my mind after I select the P, CP, or F grading model?
At any time, before the 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) deadline on April 7, you will be able to alter your choices. After this date, your decision is irrevocable.

What if I don’t want to select the alternate grading model for any courses? Do I have to register that I will select the letter-grade model? 
No. You only need to take action if you wish to select the alternate grading model for one or more of your courses.


Step-by-step instructions for choosing the alternate grading model   


1. Log in to Moodle: https://moodle.mta.ca/
Some of your courses may already use Moodle. If not, a page has been created for that course.

2. At the top of each of your courses in Moodle you will find a highlighted banner with information about the alternative grading option. This will appear in the “General” section of the course. If your faculty member has posted material to this section, you may have to scroll down the page to find the information.

Highlighted banner

3. Click on “Preamble to the Alternative Grading Option”. Ensure you fully understand the implications of choosing this option.

Preamble options

4. Select “I confirm that I understand the above” once you have familiarized yourself with the preamble.

5. Click “Save my choice.”

Confirmation

6. Click on “Selecting the Pass/Conditional Pass/Fail Option for this Course” at the bottom of the screen. You can also access this link from the main page of the course.

Option to select 

7. Select which type of grade you wish to receive for this course.

Selecting alternate model

8. To alter your choice before the April 7 deadline, make a new selection and click “Save my choice”.