The purpose of the Intensive English Institute is to prepare students for academic study in an American university or for professional success. Learning to understand the American grading system is a part of students’ preparation. Therefore, the IEI uses the American grading system to evaluate students’ progress during the semester. The American grading system uses a letter grading system (A, B, C, D, and F).
Teachers may use these grades to evaluate tests, quizzes and homework. At the end of the semester, teachers give each student one final letter grade in each course. This final grade represents a student's effort, progress and achievement for the semester. It is not based on general English proficiency, but on IEI class work. Teachers evaluate their students on the basis of grades on tests, quizzes and homework, as well as participation in class activities. Each teacher prepares a “first-day-handout” for the class that explains grading procedures as well as other basic information for the class. Because the grade includes components which do not indicate language proficiency, such as effort and participation, a passing grade may not mean that the student is ready to move up to the next proficiency level.
In general, the letter grades can be interpreted as follows:
A: the student has participated actively in the class, done all assignments, and made excellent progress (an “A” is worth 4 points).
B: the student has done well on class assignments and activities, made good progress in these subjects, and participated in class (a “B” is worth 3 points).
C: the student has made some progress but also has some problems (a “C” is worth 2 points).
D or F: the student has not satisfactorily completed the work for the class (a “D” is worth 1 point and an “F” is worth 0 points).
Students who fail all classes (0.0 Grade Point Average) are not allowed to return to the IEI. Students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the next term in the IEI. Any student who has a GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive terms in the IEI will not be allowed to continue. For more information, see the probation section of the student policies tab on this website. Special or extenuating circumstances with respect to grades are rare and will be considered by the Academic Admin Team in consultation with the director.
Final grades will be provided to students through a secure online portal that only the individual student can access. If students have a problem accessing grades, they can contact the IEI.
In all IEI courses, students receive a list of proficiency goals for the class. Teachers will assess students’ English language proficiency in terms of these proficiency goals. Teachers will give informational reports about proficiency to students and to the IEI administration. Proficiency assessment means that instructors judge students’ language ability according to progress on specific language standards. The proficiency reports are not the same as “grades.” The difference between them is: Grades measure students’ work, participation, and effort, while proficiency only measures students’ present skills and abilities in terms of the course goals.
Grade Appeal Process
Students should talk directly with teachers when they have questions about final course grades. This is the fastest way to address questions. However, if a student wishes to submit a formal written grade appeal, he or she may follow these steps:
Deadlines for submitting formal grade appeals:
- Fall semester: December 31
- Spring semester: May 31
- Summer semester: August 15
Appeals will not be considered past these dates.
Step 1: By the deadline stated above, submit the Formal Grade Appeal form to the IEI Main Office, in person or by email.
Step 2: The academic coordinator discusses the grade, as needed, with your teachers.
Step 3: You will be notified of the appeal decision by the dates listed below.
Appeal Course Grade
- Fall grade appeal: January 10
- Spring grade appeal: June 5
- Summer grade appeal: August 20