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Sample UW Grading Guidelines

This guideline is simply an idea of how grading at the UW could be characterized. It is intended for discussion, not as a University policy.

Range Percent of Class Quality of Performance
3.9 - 4.0
(A)
Lower Division: 08%
Upper Division: 12%
Graduate: 17%
Superior performance in all aspects of the course with work exemplifying the highest quality. Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.
3.5-3.8
(A-)
Lower Division: 10%
Upper Division: 14%
Graduate: 21%
Superior performance in most aspects of the course; high quality work in the remainder. Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.
3.2 - 3.4
(B+)
Lower Division: 12%
Upper Division: 16%
Graduate: 25%
High quality performance in all or most aspects of the course. Very good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
2.9 - 3.1
(B)
Lower Division: 14%
Upper Division: 18%
Graduate: 22%
High quality performance in some of the course; satisfactory performance in the remainder. Good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
2.5 - 2.8
(B-)
Lower Division: 16%
Upper Division: 15%
Graduate: 12%
Satisfactory performance in the course. Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field.
2.2 - 2.4
(C+)
Lower Division: 14%
Upper Division: 09%
Graduate: 03%
Satisfactory performance in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat substandard. Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field with effort.
1.9 - 2.1
(C)
Lower Division: 09%
Upper Division: 07%
Graduate: 00%
Evidence of some learning but generally marginal performance. Marginal chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
1.5 - 1.8
(C-)
Lower Division: 05%
Upper Division: 04%
Graduate: 00%
Minimal learning and substandard performance throughout the course. Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.
1.2 - 1.4
(D+)
Lower Division: 04%
Upper Division: 02%
Graduate: 00%
Minimal learning and low quality performance throughout the course. Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.
0.9 - 1.1
(D)
Lower Division: 03%
Upper Division: 01%
Graduate: 00%
Very minimal learning and very low quality performance in all aspects of the course. Highly doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses in field.
0.7 - 0.8
(D-)
Lower Division: 02%
Upper Division: 01%
Graduate: 00%
Little evidence of learning. Poor performance in all aspects of the course. Almost totally unprepared for subsequent courses in field.
0.0
(E)
Lower Division: 03%
Upper Division: 01%
Graduate: 00%
Complete absence of evidence of learning. Totally unprepared for subsequent courses in field.