The University of the West Indies, a public regional institution with three main branches located in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago, has revised its Grade Point Average calculation system.
Effective 2014/2015 academic year (with exception of Faculty of Engineering: 2015/16) the following changes will apply to student assessment:
New pass mark will be 50%, 2.0 grade point (previously 40%, 1.0 grade point)
Current students continuing into 2014/15 will have their GPA converted to the new system *
Letter grades (A,B,C, etc.) will have associated grade descriptors which will provide explanation of the level of skills and knowledge represented by each letter grade
There will be three Failing bands represented by three letter grades:
F1 (49-45%) with quality points of 1.70
F2 (40-44%) with quality points of 1.30
F3 (0-39%) with quality points of 0.00
Degree classification (except for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences) will be tied to GPA points as follows:
3.60 and above will be equivalent to a First Class Honours
3.00 – 3.59 will be equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours
2.50 – 2.99 will be equivalent to a Lower Second Class Honours
2.00 – 2.49 will be equivalent to a Pass degree.
For the Bachelor of Medical Sciences, the GPA bands to determine the class of degree will remain as currently: Distinction ( 3.70 or above), Honours (3.30 -3.69), and a Pass(2.00- 3.29).
* Note: Only the degree GPA will be converted. All marks and grades earned under the old scheme are part of the historical record and will be reflected on the student’s transcript.