Grading System

Western University uses an uniform grading scale, which enables students in Azerbaijan to compare their performance in different disciplines and courses and ensures consistency in assessment.

The following grading rules apply to all modules taught at Western University, except for Design courses.

Coursework accounts for maximum 50 points and exam accounts for the rest 50 points.

Those 50 points of coursework are distributed according to the following scale:


Attendance

10 points


Independent Work (assignments, essays, case studies)


10 points of coursework mark


Seminar (quizzes, discussions, raising of relevant questions, presentations)+ Midterm exams


30 points (or 20 points, only applicable if there is a term paper)



Coursework must be at least 35%

Exam must be at least 17 points

The minimum passing grade -51 points (F)

- Seminars and midterms are scored based on a 10-point scale

- The final marks for seminars are midterms are calculated based on weighted-average

- for missing 10% of total study time a student loses 1 point;

- for missing more than 25% of total study time a student won’t be allowed to take an exam;

- for each independent work a student gets 1 point

- for missing a seminar a student gets "0”.

- a student, who gets "0” three times for the seminars, isn’t allowed to take an exam.

Two-hour Exams are based on 5 subjective (open question, essay) and objective tasks (multiple-choice, short answer, problem) weighted up to 10 points each.

Final Grading Scale:

Letter Grades

Performance

Points

F

Fail

Below 51

E

Marginal

51-60

D

Satisfactory

61-70

C

Good

71-80

B

Very good

81-90

A

Excellent

91-100