The Department of English follows the Faculty of Arts and Science Policy on Grading. Of the various methods that the Faculty recognizes, the Department implements the one referred to as “mixed marking.” This means that assignments receive the type of mark that instructors deem most appropriate: essays generally receive letter grades, while exams, mid-term tests, and participation generally receive numerical marks.
Since final grades for courses are recorded in letter form, it is necessary to convert letter grades to numbers to calculate the final grade. The English Department uses the Faculty of Arts and Science Letter Grade Input Scheme to perform the calculation. This calculator enables you to calculate a final grade based on any combination of numerical and letter-grade input.
Queen’s Letter Grades
Queen's University letter grade system, with an explanation of what each grade means.
Arts & Science Letter Grade Input Scheme
Numerical equivalents of letter grades for calculating final grades, adopted by the Faculty of Arts and Science Faculty Board on 11 October 2011.
|Grade Point||Description||Consequences of consistent or average performance at that level across all courses|
|A||85 – 89||4.0||Outstanding||Meets standard for the Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (DHL-D: traditionally top 3%)|
|A-||80 – 84||3.7||Excellent||Meets standard for Dean’s Honour List (DHL: traditionally top 20%).|
|B+||77 – 79||3.3||Very good|
|B||73 – 76||3.0||Good|
|B-||70 – 72||2.7||Reasonably good|
|C+||67 – 69||2.3||Acceptable|
|C||63 – 66||2.0||Minimally acceptable (honours)||Meets standard for an Honours Degree|
|C-||60 – 62||1.7||Minimally acceptable (general)||Meets standard for a General Degree; does not meet standard for an Honours Degree|
|D+||57–59||1.3||Unsatisfactory pass||Academic Probation and, possibly, further sanctions|
|D||53–56||1.0||Unsatisfactory pass||Academic Probation and, possibly, further sanctions|
|D-||50–52||0.7||Unsatisfactory pass||Required to withdraw (automatic)|
|F||below 50||0.0||Failure: no course credit||Required to withdraw (automatic)|
|Assignment Grade||Numerical Equivalent|
|Note on the three F values: