The introduction of the Grade-free scheme (GFS), aims to provide a supportive and enabling environment for NUS undergraduates to make a successful transition into the academic and social culture of university life.
The scheme is also intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP. Students from ALL cohorts are allowed to exercise the S/U option on a given number of MCs depending on the year of matriculation.
What does "Grade-free" mean?
“Grade-free” is not doing away with grades.
Rather, it allows students to exclude the grade of some module(s) from the computation of Cumulative Average Point (CAP). This will take the form of the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option. Students will receive letter grades for their modules, after which they can opt to keep the grade or convert it to a Satisfactory (‘S’) or Unsatisfactory (‘U’) grade, which will not be factored into their CAP.
Definition of ‘S’ & ‘U’ Grades
S/U Declaration Exercise
The exercise will take place immediately with the release of examination results each semester. The exercise will be conducted for 3 days, starting from the day of release of results. The S/U option that you have exercised on module(s) is irrevocable once the S/U exercise is over.
Rules Governing The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grade Policy
With the introduction of Enhanced Grade-free Scheme, students may exercise the S/U option for up to 32 MCs in the first two regular semesters. If this is not fully utilised, the S/U option may still be exercised in subsequent semesters, for up to 12 MCs.
Variations on the limit of S/U options that can be exercised will apply for specific groups of students, such as the following:
Variation on limit of S/U options
Key Points to Note
Modules Eligible for S/U option
The abovementioned entitlement is applicable for the following modules:
The abovementioned entitlement is not applicable for the following modules:
For more detailed information on S/U policy, students should refer to the Registrar's Office S/U Homepage.