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Higher Education - Grade Point Average (GPA) Policy

1. Purpose

To outline the principles of the Grade Point Average (GPA) and how they will be applied at CIT. This includes the scale used and the method of calculation.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all higher education courses at CIT.

3. Principles

3.1  A GPA is available to all higher education students who have completed one or more subjects towards their award. It is specific to one award only.

3.2  Courses that are graded on a pass/fail basis are not included in calculating the GPA. This includes CTs (Credit Transfers) and RGs (Recognition Granted).

3.3  A student's GPA is updated every semester.

3.4  All attempts at a unit will be counted towards a GPA.

3.5  GPA will be provided on request from

3.6  CIT does not provide a Weighted Average Mark (WAM).

4. Documentation

Higher Education Support Act 2003

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) (2017)

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Education Services for Overseas Students ACT 2000 - ELICOS Standards 2018

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.

(Grade Point Average)
An internationally recognised method of finding the average of all grades achieved throughout a student's course. All grades are given a numerical value which are then averaged to give a GPA score, so summarising academic performance through a numerical index on a scale.

Calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA Scale


High Distinction/A+










How to calculate your GPA

GPA = ∑ (grade score x credit points)

∑ credit points

An example of a student's GPA calculation is set out in the attachment to this policy.

6. Policy Contact Officer

Director, Education Services.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email for further information.