Some students may require more time to demonstrate mastery than one subscription period allows. Unless otherwise stated in the Competency Set Orientation Guide, you may repeat assessments within a competency set one time. In other words, two attempts to successfully demonstrate mastery of any given assessment are allowed. Similarly, you may re enroll in a competency set only once, or use two full subscription periods to demonstrate mastery of a competency set.
At the conclusion of each subscription period, a letter grade is assigned to reflect your level of mastery in each competency set. In addition to traditional letter grades of A – F, you may see a grade of IP. The IP grade may be given to a student who has shown progress in mastering one or several competencies within a given set, but who may not have attempted all assessments.
For competency sets repeated at UW-Colleges, only the most recent credits attempted and the grade earned is used to compute the GPA. All attempts and the resulting grades will appear on your transcript.
An IP grade earned in a competency set will count as one attempt, but will not be calculated into a grade point average. Should you reenroll in your competency set, a grade will be assigned for the second attempt, and this grade and credit value will be used in the calculation of a GPA.
Learn more about mastery, grades, and grade point average through UW Flexible Option. Additional information on repeat policies and grading scales is also found in each Competency Set Orientation Guide, and in many cases, within the assessment descriptions themselves.
There may be rare situations in which you would like to request that an exception be made to the repeat policy for competency sets or assessments. This might include an unexpected life circumstance or illness that prevented you from completing the competency set, unusual technical difficulties beyond your control that resulted in significant problem accessing content or completing as assessment, or other hardship. Your Academic Success Coach can provide sound guidance in determining an appropriate course of action if you feel that a third attempt at an assessment or competency set is warranted.