Final exams and PAS/FAL

Questions with an asterisk (*) are new or recently updated.

*I am unsure of whether I should take a PAS/FAL grade or a numeric grade, who can I speak to?

Students who are unsure of the implications of taking a PAS/FAL grade instead of a numeric grade can contact the Academic Advising Centre. Students can book advising sessions via the Navigate for Students app or you can send your email to Additionally, students can reach out to the academic advisors within the appropriate department/faculty/school

Are exams taking place in April?

Students are advised that there will be no final exams taking place on campus in April. This includes online exams with in-person or online invigilation.

Instructors have been presented with a number of options as alternatives to an on-campus final exam in April, which could include an alternative method for conducting the final exam or the postponement of the on-campus final exam to a later date. This will be relayed to students by their instructors before the end of day on Monday, March 23, 2020.

**Please note this update does not apply to exams for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Centre for Nursing Studies or the Western Regional School of Nursing. Students will be updated directly by faculty.

This update also does not apply to exams for certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate students at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. Those students will be updated directly by your faculty. Updated 9 a.m., March 18th.

*How do I choose between a PAS/FAL or numeric grade?

Starting on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, students will be able to log into Memorial Self-Service and see a new feature called “Winter 2020 Grading Option” under the Student Main Menu page.

Students will be presented with their Winter 2020 course registrations and their unofficial grades which have been submitted by the instructors. This page will remain available to students until 12:00 p.m. (NDT) on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Where applicable, and only when an unofficial grade is submitted by the instructor, students will choose between keeping the numerical grade, selecting a PAS/FAL grade or selecting to write a postponed final exam. Before the official release of grades at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Registrar's Office will convert all grades to the appropriate PAS/FAL or ABS grade for all courses where this option was given.

For students who may have already communicated to their instructor the grading option choice, you will be asked to confirm that choice on the Self-Service grading option page.

Exception: In a course offering a postponed final exam, students can choose to accept a PAS/FAL grade -- but not a numeric grade -- based on their term work, instead of writing the postponed exam. In these courses, writing the postponed exam is the only way to obtain a numeric grade. 

The pass/fail option is not an option in TECH, MARI, MSTM, or FISH courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Marine Institute. This update also does not apply to certificate or diploma students at the Marine Institute campus. Those students will be updated directly by their school.

This update does not apply to exams for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine. Updated April 3, 4 p.m.

How will a PAS/FAL grade impact my application to a competitive entry program such as Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.?

The PAS/FAL has no grade points associated with it so it would not count in any calculation of an average or grade point average. Competitive entry programs here at Memorial and across the country and the world are typically assessed holistically and so all aspects of a file including the complete academic history will be considered. Each individual faculty and school will need to determine how best to handle the PAS/FAL grades.

How does a PAS/FAL designation get factored into my GPA calculation?

A grade with this designation does not factor into the GPA calculation. The only exception is the case of a student who is repeating a course that was previously failed. In this instance, if the student achieves a grade of PAS then the original (failing) grade would no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA.

If I opt for the PAS/FAL option, will I receive credit hours for my course?

Yes, provided you receive the grade of PAS, you will receive the designated credit hours for the course.

If I receive a PAS will the course count towards my degree requirements?

Yes, the grade of PAS will meet degree requirements.

What numeric grade is required for me to earn a PAS?

Students need to receive the minimum grade to pass for that course to receive a grade of PAS. In most instances, this is a 50 per cent for undergraduate courses and 65 per cent for graduate courses.



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