Grades, reconsiderations, resits and the return of exam papers

After your exam, your completed examination paper will be returned to Open Polytechnic and processed for marking.

You must not communicate directly with your lecturers or tutors regarding your exams. All communication regarding exams must be through the Academic Registrar until your results have been officially released.

Final results are approved by the Results and Awards Committee and released to My Open Polytechnic within 20 working days from the end of the exam cycle. You will receive an email when your results are available.

Information on grading scales and exam related applications, including resit, reconsideration and return of exam papers is detailed below.

If you have any queries, please contact the Exams Team, Academic Registry on exams@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

Reconsideration of final grade

A reconsideration is a remarking of your in-course summative assessment(s) and/or final exam by a different marker. If your assessment was not submitted online, you will need to submit the marked assessment with your application.

  • Your application must be submitted with the application fee within 10 working days after the official release of your results.
  • Course assessments relating to previous trimesters cannot be reconsidered.
  • Reconsideration of individual assessment or final examination paper NZ$75
  • Reconsideration of marks of two or more components of a course NZ$120

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The closing dates for exam applications are available here:

Resit of Final exam

You may be eligible to apply for a resit opportunity at the next available offering of the course if you did not sit an exam and received an Absent(AB) result, failed to pass an exam or passed the exam but failed to pass the course.

  • Your application must be received with an application fee of $250 per course within 20 working days after the official release of your results. 
  • You will not be required to repeat your course work for the course.

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The closing dates for exam applications are available here:

Return of marked exam papers

  • Exam papers can be returned upon request after reconsideration applications have been finalised.
  • Email exams@openpolytechnic.ac.nz providing your student ID and postal address.
  • Exam papers are held for six months before destruction.
  • There is no fee for this service.

Grading scales

Listed below are the exam grades, grading scales which apply to Open Polytechnic offered qualifications.  There are some exceptions to these. 

Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Social Work, and Associated Diplomas

A+ 85 – 100% Pass
A 80 – 84% Pass
A- 75 – 79% Pass
B+ 70 – 74% Pass
B 65 – 69% Pass
B- 60 – 64% Pass
C+ 55 – 59% Pass
C 50 – 54% Pass
D 40 – 49% Fail
E 0 – 39% Fail
AG Aegrotat Pass
FR Failed Final Exam (achieved less than 40% in the examination where this applies)
FE Fail Final Exam
AB Absent Final Exam
FC Failed Mandatory Component
FS Failed To Submit

New Zealand Diploma in Business

A+ 85 – 100% Pass
A 75 – 84% Pass
B+ 70 – 74% Pass
B 60 – 69% Pass
C 50 – 59% Pass
D 40 – 49% Fail
E 0 – 39% Fail
AG Aegrotat Pass
FR Failed Final Exam (achieved less than 40% in the examination where this applies)
FE Fail Final Exam
AB Absent Final Exam
FC Failed Mandatory Component
FS Failed To Submit

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

A+ 85 – 100% Pass
A 80 – 84% Pass
A- 75 – 79% Pass
B+ 70 – 74% Pass
B 65 – 69% Pass
B- 60 – 64% Pass
C+ 55 – 59% Pass
C 50 – 54% Pass
D 40 – 49% Fail
E 0 – 39% Fail
CM Competent
FC Failed Mandatory Component
FS Failed To Submit

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

HD 85 – 100% High Distinction
A 75 – 84% Distinction
B 65 – 74% Credit
C 50 – 64% Pass
F 0 – 49% Fail
AG Aegrotat Pass
AB Absent Final Exam
P Pass Residential Practice Unit
F Fail Residential Practice Unit
FS Failed To Submit

Unit standards

All unit standard based course results are recorded as:

CM Competent
NY Not Yet Competent
FS Failed To Submit


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