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I'm in the process of submitting a request for a late assignment's grade to be re-evaluated. Is it more appropriate to use the word "contest," "contestation," or another word in this context? For example, one would refer to the situation as a "late assignment contestation" if that was the appropriate word. I feel that "late assignment contest" doesn't seem appropriate, since to me that would connote some kind of sporting event.

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Aren't you looking for appeal (MW, definition 2a)

an application (as to a recognized authority) for corroboration, vindication, or decision

You could use it as follows:

I want to appeal this grade.

I am filing an appeal to have the grade for my late assignment revised.

I appealed to the Dean to have my failing grade reconsidered.

  • 'Appeal' could work, though after looking for similar words, I think 'petition' may better suit this situation. Thanks for your help! – Ben Jul 26 '18 at 19:12
  • I was going to suggest "dispute" but "appeal" is clear and less aggressive, perhaps inviting a better response. – Weather Vane Jul 26 '18 at 19:29

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