The Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) has determined that a letter grading system with extra flexibility is in effect for the fall term. Review details and policies by year on our Fall 2020 Grading page.

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/NR) scale. In your second semester, subjects are graded ABC/NR. Learn more about first-year grading.
  • Undergraduate students — students entering MIT as first-year students in Fall 2020 and beyond — you may use the Flexible P/NR Option on up to 48 units after your first semester.
  • Sophomores — students who entered Fall 2019 or earlier may designate a subject as Exploratory. After completing the class, you can decide whether to keep the grade awarded or change it to listener status.
  • Juniors and seniors — students who entered Fall 2019 or earlier may 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.

Grading experiments

  • First-year undergraduates who entered MIT in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 may designate up to three science core General Institute Requirements (GIRs) to be graded on a Pass/No Record (P/NR) basis after their first term. Learn more about the Experimental Grading Policy.