Questions tagged [grades]

Queries related to interpreting grades or understanding grading systems. This tag is not suitable for queries about improving grades or about the process of assigning a grade to an assessment item.

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Questions about the effect of bad grades in phd applications [duplicate]

I'm very interested in theoretical computer science(mainly algorithms and complexity), and I'm thinking of getting into some top graduate programs in this field. I'm a transfer student previously at a ...
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Instructor promised to remove curve this semester, but didn't and is now unresponsive. What should I do?

I'm currently in a grad program and took a class this semester that was graded on a curve. This semester had assignments completely online, something not done before for this class, so at first it was ...
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Grading on a curve in required doctoral course, failing as a result

After an undergrad degree in mathematics, I am doing a PhD in theoretical computer science. To satisfy my PhD program’s requirements, I'm taking a very challenging coding class this semester. I know ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

I am writing this question on behalf of a friend, Alice. Alice is in a US based university working towards earning her Master's of Science in Nursing. This semester, Alice was enrolled in lecture ...
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I attended a top institute in India, but got very poor grades. Is there any path forward toward a PhD in Europe?

I messed up in my university even in courses related to my field of interest. The main problem was lack of discipline: I would alternate between high-intensity periods where I only stopped to sleep ...
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Using anonymized student grades in a publication? [duplicate]

Can I use anonymized student grades for a study that could later be published? The idea would be, for instance, to investigate if a group of students taught by Method A had a different grade ...
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Do Canadian universities defer to the grade conversion scale of a foreign univerisity or do they follow their own? [closed]

I'm planning to apply this year to several Ph.D. programs at different universities in Canada. The school where I finished my master's degree (outside Canada) uses a percentage grading system where a ...
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If I am currently enrolled in a master's program and get a PhD offer at another institution, will my offer be rescinded for failing my last term? [closed]

To be clear, this is a two-year master's program but I applied to PhD programs during the first year and wrote in my statement of purpose I would not finish this master's. I had straight A's the first ...
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What is a healthy DFW rate? [closed]

DFW rate stands for the proportion of students in a class or group of classes who earn a D, an F, or Withdraw. This has become a trendy metric in recent years due, in part, to its negative correlation ...
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Pass/Fail on Grad Classes

This quarter, I made a series of bad decisions on what classes to take. I'm a senior, and I have taken ~10 grad math and cs courses up until now, and have gotten around a 3.9 on average in them. This ...
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How to justify having very low undergraduate grades and very high master's grades?

I'm applying to computer science PhD programs in the US and I'm worried about how to justify my undergraduate grades. Some other aspects of my application are strong, so I believe I have a chance (see ...
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Fail a P/F Doctoral Seminar course

I am asking the following question for a friend, who is currently a Doctoral student in Business School (Marketing area). He told me he would leave his program by the end of this semester (after ...
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How can I explain poor grades on courses taken after obtaining my undergraduate degree?

I have a 3.8 undergraduate GPA with almost entirely A's in all courses. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I took courses for fun in various subjects at two remote graduate schools. Because I ...
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Asked for F grade voluntarily for a program elective. How does it affect my Phd Chances

I am a graduate masters student in the Computer Science Field in the final year of my masters program. Recently, in a particular elective course in which I had been doing quite well, I had a major ...
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What to do when students answered more questions than instructed during an exam?

I am a 5th year grad student. This is the first time I am allowed to teach a higher level major course on my own. We just had our midterm today and I am confused as to how to proceed. On the midterm ...
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Explaining low GPA in recommendation letter

For application to a PhD program, both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. If the master's GPA is pretty good but the bachelor's is low as the student was recovering from an health ...
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Poor College Grade on Statement of Purpose (SoP)?

I am applying to master's courses in theoretical physics. I see that good grades, especially in foundational courses, are important when it comes to having a good application. I have had good to great ...
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Converting my marks from Indian to US grading system makes it appear low [closed]

My profile: BSMS from IISER Trivandrum (7.67/10 overall; 8.5 in MS alone). MBA from MANAGE Hyderabad (74%). I'm applying to US universities for coming Fall 2022, for PhD in Marketing. However when ...
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Courses recognized, but grades are not converted?

I have attended a university in Russia, and then transferred to Italy, and in Italy they recognized many courses but said to me we can't convert grades, we only recognize courses. Is this a common ...
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How to explain bad bachelor grades due to mental health issues in PhD application?

There have been similar questions but I believe my question is somewhat unique. I want to apply to a PhD program in Physics somewhere in North America. I have now completed both my bachelor's and my ...
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Recent vs overall GPA in graduate school admissions

This is an extension of my previous question. I'm applying to CS Ph.D. programs in the US. From my perspective, I have a strong profile (compared to my previous post, 1 more first-author paper and ...
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What do graders expect in a master thesis in pure mathematics?

I am writing a master thesis in pure mathematics the upcoming year and want to know what graders look for in a master thesis. I am in the US. How do they grade the thesis? What are the things that can ...
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MS or PhD with publication records?

I have an above-average undergraduate GPA (7.5/10.0, top 20% of my class), but it is not exceptional. I have top scores in all my labs, but my written test scores are all over the place. However, I do ...
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Worried about bad undergrad grades for phd admissions [duplicate]

I have a very bad undergraduate percentage (BSc maths, 58.3%) and from a no-name university. Mostly because I was not interested in pure mathematics and gave all my time to CS components of the course....
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Why am I getting low grades in a subject that I work so hard and studied so well? [closed]

What is wrong with me? I studied hard and get so low marks? What am I missing? I thought I would score 70/80 in COA subject but I got only 49/80. It is a subject where I would even pass if I went to ...
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Is it mandatory for some students to fail in an exam using relative grading? [duplicate]

I am seeing the relative grading structure of few of the institutions. The formula they follow for grading is as follows. For a large batch of students: they take the final marks of students ...
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Should I change a graduate class grade to pass/fail? Will it harm my PHD applications?

I am an MS student in machine learning just finished my first semester at a U.S. university, and I plan to apply to PhD programs in computer science in electrical engineering or operations research ...
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Does a low score in mathematics on transcripts affect graduate admissions? (CS PhD USA) [duplicate]

Background: CS Undergrad Applying to CS PhD Programs in the USA. I have a GPA of 8.9 ~ (after converting) 3.5? (Not too sure, I am in a Tier-II College in India). According to me, I feel a GPA of 8.9 ...
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Will university marks/qualifications obtained during the pandemic largely through online assessment hold reduced value as we progress back to normal?

Do you think when we reach a point where students/graduates can be separated into pre-covid, during covid, post-covid, that the world - for the purposes of postgraduate admissions, employment - will ...
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Should I talk about my single "failed" course in SOP (failed due to a disturbing reason)?

Background I failed a course in one of the last few semesters of my undergrad. I had poor grades in most courses in that particular semester. In the summer just prior to that semester, I had a ...
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Bad semester - Math PhD application [duplicate]

I wanted to bring up an issue I faced recently and figure out how much my graduate school application will be affected by this. For some background, I am a sophomore math major at a good public school....
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How badly does failing a core class and retaking it hurt your chances at grad school programs? [duplicate]

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place. I'm an undergraduate majoring in biology. I think, this semester, I'll fail a class on Statistics (the class is titled "Statistics for Life Sciences")...
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Tons of People Cheating on Exams which hampers my grade [closed]

To give you some context we recently had our final exams and I barely managed to cross the threshold to get a 10 GPA in the course. I later found out tons of people had cheated on that course and ...
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Does PhD GPA matter after grad school regarding academic funding?

There are many similar questions regarding whether PhD GPA matters after grad school, but this question is specific to obtaining academic funding as a professor. When applying for funding, do funding ...
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How correlated are grades in math courses with potential for research?

This is something that has been troubling me for a long while now. I am an undergraduate mathematics major (a sophomore), and I wish to apply to Ph.D. programs in pure mathematics in the future. I'm ...
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Funny 5th option in multiple choice exam?

I came across a multiple choice exam paper where the professor had included a funny fifth option in almost every question. There was also a bonus question at the end, where students can earn 0.5 extra ...
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How to approach research advisor after failing first semester of master's program?

So, I started grad school during the Sep 2020 session in lockdown. Within a month or two, I was struggling to reach deadlines for assignments of all the courses. I found the online mode of classes ...
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How to approach being accepted into PhD lab group verbally while explaining grades

I was recently offered a verbal offer to join a PhD lab group with a professor that I had taken classes with during my Master of Science program. I did well in the said professor's classes, and I was ...
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Does time taken and a poor grade for a PHD in Germany destroy chances for a post doc? [closed]

I come from a violent country that gives me no hope for the future. I cannot go back. My supervisor has more than 30 students, did not read my chapters, and insisted that I give in the first draft as ...
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How to convert a grade in Italian scale to the UK grading scale?

I got a grade as 99/110 during my Bachelor degree in Italy. What would be the conversion to the UK grading scale?
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Are non-degree courses a viable option to offset a low master's GPA?

I am planning on applying to Ph.D. programs in the US in Computer Science and I have a bad GPA of 3.33/4 in my MS(Computer Science) degree. Would taking non-degree courses in CS in my target school ...
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Curving grades without creating competition among students

I've recently taken a new position within a math department at a large university. The department has an official policy that in most lower-level undergraduate classes (let's say anything in the ...
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I am about to fail a required course due to difficulties caused by mental health issues. How can I save my degree? [closed]

So I expect to finish my master degree next August, and I was supposed to pass one undergraduate course to fulfill my degree requirements. I took this course last year and I failed it, so I had to ...
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Grades in online semester [closed]

Given these times, many universities are having classes and exams online. There are several loopholes and drawbacks to this system, especially if trying to replicate the traditional system. For ...
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What can I do when anxiety causes me to perform poorly in oral exams and class discussions?

I have this class where we have oral exams once in two weeks. I am honestly trying my best. I am preparing for the class and I think I understand all the material. I can do all the assignments (albeit ...
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Can I get into a US CSE PhD if I don't have a good CGPA? [duplicate]

I am currently pursuing Masters (M.Tech) in CSE from IIT Madras. But my Master's CGPA is not so good. It is around 6.1 in out of 10 scale. Scoring here in IITs is really really difficult. I have an ...
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What does "Top 10%" mean in edge cases?

Imagine you want to apply for a stipend. Only the top 10% of ones class are eligible. The final grade distribution (German grades) is like this 1.0 - 3% 1.1 - 2.5% 1.2 - 7% ... The complete table ...
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GWA TO HONOURS CLASS [duplicate]

In the Philippine Grading System, my GWA is 1.6250, is there any chance to know the standing of this grade in the UK GRADING SYSTEM?
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Can someone with poor coursework record but decent research profile fit in academia? [duplicate]

I want to try to enter academia by doing 2 postdocs after my PhD. However, I am bothered by the fact that I have been consistently poor/average in my grades during my undergrad, master's and PhD ...
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How does failing in a course during Master's studies in Germany affect job prospects?

What are the implications of failing an exam of a particular course during Master's studies in Germany? Is it considered bad in terms of future job prospects in that field? Does that disqualify you ...
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