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.


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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