The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option is intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP. The S/U declaration exercise will be conducted upon the release of examination results and will end by the stipulated deadline, which will be announced each semester. Students will exercise their S/U grading option during this period for any module that permits the S/U grading option. Thereafter, the student’s decision will be considered final.

Students from ALL cohorts are allowed to exercise the S/U grading option on a given number of MCs depending on the year of matriculation.

Definition of ‘S’ & ‘U’ Grades

  • ‘S’ is assigned if the grade obtained for a module is ‘C’ grade or above. MCs are counted towards degree requirement.
  • Conversely, ‘U’ is assigned if the grade obtained for a module is lower than ‘C’ grade. In this case, no MCs are earned. A module with ‘U’ grade will have to be retaken, if it is a ULR or programme requirement.
  • ‘S’ / ‘U’ grades will be reflected in the transcript issued by the University and will be counted towards the S/U limit.

Grade- Free Scheme

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.

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.

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Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option