Higher education grades

2021 grading

2021 courses will be graded using the full range of grading, including fail grades. In 2020, in recognition of the rapid changes to study resulting from COVID-19, fail grades were converted to withdrawn grades (WDR). This process has now concluded. 

Result Not Finalised (RNF) grades

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

Final grades


High Distinction 80–100
DI  Distinction 70–79
CR Credit 60–69
PA Pass 50–59
PX Pass grade only – this grade will appear when no higher grading is available for an assessment  
SP Supplementary pass – this grade may apply 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WDR Withdrawn from course – applies where a student withdraws from a course after the census date but no later than the last day to withdraw without academic penalty        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

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

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

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