Grading System

A new grading system, listed below, was instituted throughout the TST colleges in September 1999 to bring the grading system in line with the scale followed by the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Applicable courses will carry a letter grade, a numerical equivalent and a grade point.

Grading System
Letter GradeNumerical EquivalentGrade PointGrasp of Subject MatterFurther qualities expected of students
"A" RANGE Excellent: Student shows original thinking, analytic and synthetic ability, critical evaluation, broad knowledge base
A+90-1004Profound & creativeStrong evidence of original thought, analytic and synthetic ability; sound and penetrating critical evaluations which identify assumptions of those they study as well as their own; extensive knowledge base
A-80-843.7ExcellentClear evidence of original thinking and of analytic and synthetic ability; sound critical evaluations; broad knowledge base
"B" RANGE Good: Student shows critical capacity and analytic ability; understanding of relevant issues, familiarity with the literature
B+77-793.3Very GoodGood critical capacity and analytic ability; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; good familiarity with the literature
B-70-722.7Satisfactory at a post-baccalaureate levelAdequate critical capacity and analytic ability; some understanding of relevant issues; some familiarity with the literature
FZ0-690FailureFailure to meet above criteria
NCRNo numerical equivalent0  


Grades 65-69 are not passing grades recognised for credit in a degree program. A student receiving a failing grade is given the option of taking a supplemental examination. If the student chooses to do supplemental work and passes it, a CR is given for the course. Grades below 65 indicate outright failure without the right to take a supplemental examination.


  • INC Permanent Incomplete. No grade point awarded.
  • WDR Withdrawal from course.
  • SDF Standing deferred. SDF is not a permanent grade. An SDF requires the permission of an instructor and must be changed after a specified date to a letter and number or to an INC.
  • AEG Credit for illness in final year of program, if 60% or more of course complete. No grade point awarded.
  • IPR Means course is in progress; usually refers to a year-long course. Will always be listed as IPR in first term with the final grade showing in second term.


To avoid delays completing their programs and the risk of jeopardizing continuation of enrolment, students are advised to complete their course assignments on time. Regis College and TST have established firm due dates, which professors may extend for the completion of coursework. If a firm due dates passes, a permanent grade based on the work previously submitted will be assigned automatically. Please see the relevant program handbook for further details. Continuation of student's registration may be jeopardized if you hold more than a certain number of SDFs.

For AD students:
-  carry 2 SDFs: the student may register in no more than two new course in the next session
-  carry 3 SDFs: the student may register in no more than one new course in the next session
-  carry more than 3 SDFs: the student may register in no new courses.

A student who registers at the beginning of the academic year for courses in the January session will be required to drop courses which are excess according to the above TST AD regulation, if the SDFs have not been cleared in the September session.

For BD students:
- carry 2 or more SDF's beyond the second Monday of a session: the student must reduce their current enrolment by the second Friday of the session to no more than five less the number of SDF grades.
- carry 5 SDF's: the student is not allowed to enrol in any current courses, and may seek permission from their Program Director to enrol in TSZ3333H (and pay tuition equivalent to one course plus incidental fees and UHIP, if applicable) to maintain their student status. In such cases, in order to document student status, the Dean will place a note in the student's file to indicate that they are completing remedial work.