Students taking credit classes choose between three grading options, provided the department has permitted all options for a course:
- Letter grades: A, B, C, D, F
- Pass/no pass: P, NP
- 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 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:
- Log in to the MyPCC Home tab
- Click Add/Drop Classes in the Registration Services channel
- Click Change Grade Options
- Use the drop-down to change your grading option
- 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:
- Email the instructor from your PCC email account to see if an audit is allowed.
- If the instructor agrees, give them your G-number and the CRN by 5pm on the first Friday of the term.
- Have the instructor email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information to request the audit.
- 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.