If you are an undergraduate student and you feel you’ve been graded unfairly or that you could do better in a class, you have options for trying to raise your GPA.
What you can do if you’re not happy with a grade
Retake the class
If you receive a grade lower than an A in a class, you may be able to retake the class to remove that grade from your GPA. (Note that both grades will remain on your transcript; however, the earlier will have an X next to it and, depending on your school, may not be included in your GPA.)
Talk to your advisor or visit your school’s record office. If you’re eligible, they’ll advise you to fill out an Extended-X (EX) petition form. Not all schools recognize the Extended-X policy in the same way, so make sure you know your school’s policies before you make any plans. You’ll also need to keep the following in mind:
- You can apply for an Extended-X for no more than three courses or 10 credits, whichever is less.
- You can replace a grade for a given course only once.
- You must complete, sign, and submit the EX petition before you graduate.
Appeal your grade
In most cases, you should appeal a grade with the instructor who gave you the grade. If you can’t resolve the matter with your instructor, talk with the chair or director of your department.
Check your school’s academic bulletin for information about the appeal process.