Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Changing your grading option in MyPCC.

Students taking credit classes choose between three grading options, provided the department has permitted all options for a course:

  1. Letter grades: A, B, C, D, F
  2. Pass/no pass: P, NP
  3. Audit: Aud (with instructor permission)

Learn more about PCC's Grading Guidelines.

How to change your grading option

If you do not select a grading option, you will automatically have the default option for that course. The default is generally a letter grade, but it could be pass/no pass. You can change your option within the first 80% of the course: see academic calendar.

To change your grading option:

  1. Log in to the MyPCC Home tab.
  2. Click Register for classes in the Term-to-Term Checklist.
  3. Click Change Grade Options.
  4. Use the drop-down to change your grading option.
  5. Click Submit Changes to save your choices.

Issues to consider when choosing a grading option

It's best to take required courses, like those required for your degree, for a letter grade. 

  • A pass grade may not satisfy the prerequisite of C or better required for entry into some courses.
  • There is a limit to the number of pass credits that can apply towards a degree or certificate.¬†Check with an academic advisor regarding the limit set for your degree or certificate.
  • There is a limit to the number of pass credits that will transfer to other college/universities. For more information, check with an academic advisor at the institution you plan to transfer to.

Auditing a class

With the instructor's permission, some courses may allow students to attend a course without receiving a grade or credit for the course. You must pay full tuition and fees to audit classes, and financial aid does not cover audited classes.

To audit a class:

  1. Email the instructor from your PCC email account to see if an audit is allowed. Include your G-number and the CRN.
  2. If your instructor approves your request to audit, they must forward your email request, along with their approval, to enroll@pcc.edu by 5pm on the first Friday of the term.
  3. Pay full tuition and fees for the course.

Instructors are expected to state on their course handouts any specific audit requirements. Auditing a course does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified.

Read the complete grading policy here: Academic Policies and Standards Handbook: Grading Guidelines.