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An Exceeds Expectations-graded W.O.M.B.A.T..

" [...] he had passed well in Transfiguration and Herbology, he had even exceeded expectations at Potions!"
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Exceeds Expectations is one of the three passing grades, and one of six grades overall, in the Ordinary Wizarding Levels, Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests and Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Tests. It is the second highest mark, immediately below 'Outstanding' and immediately above 'Acceptable'.

Entering N.E.W.T. classes

Most professors at Hogwarts set their N.E.W.T. classes entrance standards at 'Exceeds Expectations', meaning that the students must acquire such a grade in their O.W.L. in order to continue. Snape however, required an 'Outstanding' from his Potions students.

Other grades

Passing Grades

Failing Grades

Known recipients

Behind the scenes

  • In 1995, Fred and George Weasley joked that they should have earned "E's" in all of their O.W.L.s, since they exceeded expectations just by showing up for the exams.


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