What Are Pass-Fail Grading Systems?

A pass-fail grading system is a system where each student receives a passing grade or a failing grade instead of the traditional letter grade. This grading system offers the advantage of reducing stress placed on students to receive a high grade point average.

Under the pass-fail system, students do not compete with each other for high grades. This allows students to feel more cohesion within a group. The pass-fail grading system also simplifies grading for subjective assignments in classes such as art and English. If the student completes the assignment in a satisfactory manner, the student receives a passing grade.