the use of mid-semester marks

There seems to be a number of misconceptions about the use of mid-semester marks for post-secondary purposes.  To clarify:

  • universities do NOT consider FIRST semester mid-semester marks
  • universities DO consider SECOND semester mid-semester marks
  • colleges DO consider both first and second mid-semester marks (& for that reason, ALL grade 12 students are given “authentic” marks (ie. zeroes for incomplete units) at mid-semester because we cannot predict who will and will not apply to college – so the marks need to be accurate for everyone)