Yes, the majority of our grades are derived automatically. Students push their code to GitHub, and we have an automated checker system that checks for accuracy, functionality, and best practices. We have grades to make sure students are meeting our high standards, as well as to give feedback about the quality of their work. That being said, grades are not of our highest concern here. Having a good grade means nothing if you don’t actually understand your code. Holberton focuses on comprehension over completion. We do require that all students maintain a minimum of 80% average overall.
Don’t worry about being alone in this pursuit, though! We care about your success, and you will have peers, TAs, and staff to support you if you need it.