What you need to know
As an MIT student, you have a number of grading options available to you.
- You may take an Advanced Standing Exam to receive credit or place into a more advanced subject level.
- Subjects taken as a listener do not receive credit, count toward any requirement, or appear on your transcript.
- You will not receive credit for repeating a subject, except for those designated as “repeatable for credit.”
- If you receive an incomplete (I), your instructor may allow you to complete unfinished work in the subject to receive a final grade.
- Final grades may be changed to correct errors while you are a student or within three months following your departure from MIT.
Grading by year
- First-year students — all subjects taken in your first semester are graded on a Pass or No Record (P/D/F) scale. In your second semester, subjects receive letter grades. Learn more about first-year grading.
- First-year undergraduates who enter MIT in fall 2018 may designate up to three science, mathematics, and engineering (SME) General Institute Requirements (GIRs) to be graded on a Pass/No Record (P/NR) basis after their first term. Learn more about first-year experimental grading.
- Sophomores — designate a subject as Exploratory to decide after you complete the class whether you would like to keep the grade awarded or change it to listener status.
- Juniors and seniors — choose up to two subjects to designate as P/D/F.
- Graduate students — choose up to one subject per semester to designate as P/D/F.