# How is distinction calculated with the new grading system?

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Hello,

I recently heard that you could finish each year with distinction if you had certain marks, but I have no clue how this is calculated. Does anyone know how one achieves distinction in a year of study at U of T law with the new grading system?

I know how they calculate GPA (HH=5, H=4, P=3, LP=1, F=0). If your GPA was above 4 does this get you distinction or is distinction assigned relative to the rest of the class?

Any information would be much appreciated.

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Hello,

I recently heard that you could finish each year with distinction if you had certain marks, but I have no clue how this is calculated. Does anyone know how one achieves distinction in a year of study at U of T law with the new grading system?

I know how they calculate GPA (HH=5, H=4, P=3, LP=1, F=0). If your GPA was above 4 does this get you distinction or is distinction assigned relative to the rest of the class?

Any information would be much appreciated.

I had in 1L (and also have now) a GPA slightly above 4 and haven't been told I have "distinction" so I guess I can tell you that it's not that.  Other than that, I have no clue how it's calculated.  I've heard that top 10% are deemed to be in Honours Standing but those are just rumours I've heard.

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It's the top 10% each year, calculated using the 5,4,3,2,1 system and weighted by number of credits. The old "honours" changed to "distinction" when the grades changed to "HH,H,P,LP." Hope that helps!

Edit: I'm not sure if you're told. It does show up in a hard to see spot on your official transcript print out.

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I was told by the faculty that it is the top 10-15%. I'm not sure how they decide to draw the cut-off line.

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Edit: I'm not sure if you're told. It does show up in a hard to see spot on your official transcript print out.

Sorry I should have been clearer.  When I said I wasn't "told", I should have added that I don't see it anywhere on my transcript so obviously you probably need more than a GPA of 4.

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I was told by the faculty that it is the top 10-15%. I'm not sure how they decide to draw the cut-off line.

A faculty member told me that the cut-off, as well as the percentage of the class that receives "distinction," fluctuates somewhat from year to year because they look for a place to draw the line that coincides with a natural gap in the GPA distribution.

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