Semester 2, 2021 Grading System

The information on this page relates to the grading system for Semester 2, 2021 only.

For information about the grading system for Semester 1, 2021 please visit this webpage. For information about 2021 Non-standard academic sessions, visit this page


This grading system will allow you to opt-in to change Semester 2, 2021 coursework grades to course requirements satisfied (CRS) or course requirement not satisfied (CRN) unless the course is excluded**. If the CRS/CRN is applied, no numerical mark appears on your transcript. The CRS/CRN does not form part of your GPA calculation. The underlying numerical mark (not shown on your transcript) may still be part of your Honours Classification calculation.

**Courses that are excluded from this grading system can be found in the reference document link on the right-hand side of the screen (this will be available no later than 30 October 2021). Further details on excluded courses and student eligibility below.

Honours Classification

For Honours plans that include both coursework and thesis courses if any coursework courses in the Honours plan have been converted to CRS/CRN, the underlying but unpublished marks for the courses will be used in the calculation.
In the LLB embedded honours degree, the underlying mark for all courses will be used to calculate the honours classification.


Course Requirements Satisfied (CRS)

Instead of a passing grade e.g. High Distinction (HD), Distinction (D), Credit (C,  Pass (P) or Pass at a Supplementary Examination (PS). CRS means that course requirements have been met and that the course will count towards your degree or award. Please note, a CRS grade will not form part of your GPA calculation.

Course Requirements Not Satisfied (CRN)

Instead of a fail grade e.g. Fail (N) or Not Completed/Fail (NCN). Please note, a CRN grade will not count towards your GPA calculation and it will not be viewed as a fail in the context of your expected academic performance.

The opt-in periods are strictly limited. Please carefully consider this offer and your personal circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: Once a CRS or CRN grade has been applied it will not be possible to revert to the original numeric mark and grade.


Important considerations 

CRS/CRN grades can have significant unintended impacts, including: 

  • it can negatively impact professional accreditation; students should seek program specific advice from their academic College or School;
  • it can make an applicant ineligible for particular scholarships [for example, applications based on academic merit are exceptionally competitive.  A student who has opted in for a CRS will have less available information for scholarship and prize selection,  and may therefore be considered less competitive]  ;
  • it can make an applicant ineligible or uncompetitive for particular academic programs [for example,  Medical Schools within Australia may require a certain percentage of courses attempted within a defined period to have a mark and grade for that period to be included in the admission assessment. A student who has opted in for CRS may not meet this threshold].

Students should carefully consider their circumstances before requesting a CRS/CRN.


How to apply

The new grading system is optional. This means that if you are happy with any final grade you have received for Semester 2, 2021, you do not have to change to a CRS or CRN grade.


Complete the Grade Change eForm.

  • The form will be available for a limited time from the published results release date for Semester 2, 2021 (2:00pm 8 December 2021), until 11.59pm 12 December 2021.
  • Any changes to your application can be made on the same eForm until 11:59 pm, 12 December 2021. Do not submit a new eForm, as this may cause delays. 


  • Students who have had a grade change effected between the published results release date for Semester 2, 2021 (8 December) and 11 March 2022 (due to DA, PX or RP or an assessment appeal) will be provided an opportunity to opt-in to the new grading system from 3pm (AEST) 14 March to 11:59 pm (AEST) 18 March 2022.
  • Eligible students will be contacted directly via their ANU student email account on 14 March 2022. 


  • Students who have a grade change from 11 March 2022 or later will also be afforded an opportunity to access the grading system. Students may apply in writing to

**Courses excluded from the grading system and student eligibility

  • Course exclusions may apply [examples include Higher Degree by Research (HDR) courses, honours or project-based courses and courses using non-standard grading scales]. The Academic Colleges reserve the right to determine excluded courses;
  • A full list of courses excluded from the Semester 2, 2021 Grading System can be found under 'Reference Documents'
  • Students with a block on their record, for example due to the non-payment of fees, must resolve the issue before any change of grade will be considered;
  • Students found to have engaged in academic misconduct or a breach of the Discipline Rule in the course will not be eligible for a CRN or CRS grade, regardless of whether the misconduct/breach itself resulted in the final fail grade for the course.

Students found to have engaged in poor academic practice are eligible to apply for the CRN or CRS grade.

2021 Non-standard academic sessions

Non-standard academic session courses (Winter and Spring) undertaken in 2021 are eligible for the grading system. Please see the Related websites section on this page.

Students are encouraged to seek support whenever needed. 
Please visit the Health, Safety & Wellbeing webpage for available support services.