Questions tagged [grades]

Assessment of a student's academic education which appears as a quantitative or descriptive form.

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Should I focus on my grades or on finishing my degree on time?

I am doing an 5-year Integrated Master's degree (3-year Bachelor + 2-year Master) on Physics in Europe. Aiming for a thesis in Quantum Computation/Information. I am currently on the 4th year and have ...
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Are athletes' college degrees discounted by employers and graduate school admissions?

This question and the pertinent answers suggest that, as a rule, college athletes in the United States are not held to the same academic standards as other students. It also seems that this is well-...
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PhD Applications: Can a good academic record in my master's compensate for a horrible UG academic record? [duplicate]

I have a very bad undergraduate academic record -- I failed or didn't attend the end semester exams for many courses (15 courses, to be exact!), and I had to clear these later on, towards the end of ...
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Criteria of grading teamwork

I'm an international student pursing master's degree in computer science in the US. This semester I was doing a course not even an elective to my program. I chose it because it seemed very interested ...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

The issue has crept up on me slowly over the last several years. I am increasingly aware of the massive debt that many of my students are taking on, debt which is far beyond the sort of debt that I ...
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Where do all the essays go in college? [closed]

At my college I worked in the back room shredding graded essays from various subjects for hours. Some of them were very good and seems like a gross waste of data and labor. I wonder is this the ...
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

I graduated last year from a master's course where I was fortunate enough to graduate top of my class. However I was told this in confidence by one of my referees to a PhD programme, and they informed ...
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Is it fair for a professor to grade us on the possession of past papers?

My English professor recently asked us to bring in all of our graded essays from the whole semester in order to fill out a 'rubric' of sorts which tallied the various types of mistakes we had made. ...
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How do professors see the German grades?

I am currently doing a master in Germany and I scored 2.7 in one particular course. How is 2.7 to the professors? Is it a very bad grade? Is this grade uncommon among students?
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How can I explain my grades?

I am studying Masters in one of the top IIT in India and looking forward to apply for Phd, and here I got a problem. My institute follows relative grading. Faculties are allowed to assign grade ...
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Is it normal for an instructor to refuse to tell students their current grade? [closed]

I want to know what my current grade in a particular class is. The professor says she refuses to tell us our grades. The syllabus mentions the same policy. Is this normal? What should I do?
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how to deal with this prof when he gives you his lowest grade? [closed]

Now our marks came out and the average is 94 and he gave me 2 marks less than the average of the class. (This means that I have got the lowest grade in the class) I am overthinking these days and ...
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Emailing a professor for points on an exam when you want a recommendation from the professor

I recently took an exam in my master's program where I missed just enough points to change my grade from A+ to A (in my country, these show up differently on a transcript). I intend on applying to ...
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Should I question this grading scale

I am in my second semester in a Post-Bachelors Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. The class is a graduate nursing informatics course. My instructor posted the following grading scale. My initial ...
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What's the logic behind the European grading system? Why did they make it so confusing? [closed]

The European grading system also follows an ABCDEF system like in the US. However, an A in an European grading system is worth more than an A in an American system. So what is the point of using ...
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To what extent do doctoral advisors “pick” their grad students?

I am just starting a graduate program in physics. I have read a few posts describing what a PhD student should think about when looking for an advisor, but I have a question regarding the advisor's ...
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Asking a professor for a bonus [closed]

I did bad on the midterm exam not because I did not understand the material well enough but I was anxious on the exam day and did not get enough sleep the night before. I feel terrible about my ...
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What to do if my professor won't give me a grade for a test?

So I took this online class and the professor didn't grade our exams till the end of the semester and I was surprised to learn that I got a 0 on the first one. Now I remember taking this test and ...
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I got a B- in Math. How bad is that for Econ? [duplicate]

So the title explains why I'm posting. I'm a masters student in economics at a pretty prestigious university and one of the courses that you're required to take as a first year is called Math Methods ...
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Worked SUPER hard only to fail hard, now I'm drained [closed]

At the start of the semester, I was driven, powered, a little unfocused (my phone kept distracting me from studying.) But I kept pushing on and on. But I made costly mistakes along the way. -I ...
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I believe fellow TAs are giving students answers and inflating their tutorial average, what should I do?

I am first-year graduate student doing teaching assistance for an introductory calculus course. The course is taught by four instructors, with 12 teaching assistants in total and I am one of them. ...
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Why have schools been discontinuing the practice of giving A+ grades? [closed]

My high school and undergraduate college did not offer grades of "A+." At both schools, the grading scheme was this: 93–100: A 90–92: A– 87–89: B+ 83–86: B 80–82: B– (Grades below 80 were ...
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GPA calculation in German Grading system

I am studying in a German University where the GPA grades are : 1.0 , 1.3, 1.7, 2.0, 2.3, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0 with 1.0 being the best score a student can get in exam and below 4.0 it is fail. ...
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If a thesis committe member asks for changes in my thesis does that mean I'm not getting a PhD “summa cum laude”? [closed]

I am a PhD student in Germany. I had a question regarding the summa cum laude mark for my thesis. To open the examination procedure, I asked three reviewers to read my thesis (my main supervisor and ...
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Failing students: Avoidable or not? [closed]

One college lecturer often does not care about failing his students, another does. Say we are talking about a Calculus I class. A. One fails students because they simply do not achieve the minimum ...
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Rationale for Passing Students “by Compensation”

Certainly in Ireland at least, there is a mechanism whereby students, with otherwise good grades, are allowed to "pass by compensation" a module(s) that they have failed. For example, a student ...
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Should a professor recommending me talk about my (bad) grades in his or her letter?

I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. I'm now applying to research internships and some of these need recommendation letters from faculty. I did very badly during the first 2 ...
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Is there a way to compare your performance in one university to another?

I graduated from CS from a university in Canada. Although I did pretty well, I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if I had gone to a different university. For example, I cannot help but ...
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Math PhD after graduating with average grades

I am currently an MSc student in math in Europe (I'm doing mainly analysis and applied math). During my Bachelor's I've had mainly average grades (I'm not sure what the exact GPA equivalent is, but it ...
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Professor not responding email about his grading, do I have to email again?

I received a failing for a course; however, one of my project (which worth around 10%) was not graded. It is possibly due to my late submission (one minute late). Previously many of his students ...
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Should I send this e-mail to my instructor who is also my supervisor? [duplicate]

I am very mad about my grade and I prepared this letter. could you pls give me a piece of advice about how to write and complain about the grade? I really do not know what to write. I really want to ...
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Asking for a letter medical school letter of recommendation from a class you failed, retook, and got an A in?

I failed one of my classes (E and M) and during the subsequent retake got an A. I was considering asking the professor for a letter of recommendation because I think the episode shows my willingness ...
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Chances of getting in at a world top 50 graduate school for Economics with a C+ in Calculus II? [closed]

My GPA (Economics) at the moment is 3.7 but I have a terrible grade on Calculus II (C+)- the reason being that Calculus II clashed with another mandatory course of mine, and I couldn't attend most of ...
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Receiving a bad grade from close professor?

Hello I am doing my masters and I got relatively bad grade from a professor. I am going to do another project with him in this semester. I think I deserve a better grade but the problem is that only ...
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Will UK/US universities understand that in my country, it is common to deliberately fail and retake classes?

I wanna apply for Master’s programs at LSE and Oxbridge starting next year. I’m currently on completing my undergraduate studies, have the equivalent of a first-class honours will most likely graduate ...
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What steps can US undergraduates take to reduce the frequency and severity of assignment of unearned grades, as from grade inflation and cheating?

The book Academically Adrift, by two University of Chicago professors, is one salient source. The following refers to collegiate institutions in the United States. Reports, including from professors ...
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If I got 1.0 for Master thesis in Germany, can it be summa cum laude in my CV?

I graduated and got an M.Sc. degree from a German university. I got a grade of 1.0 after my master-thesis defense. In this case, can I use "summa cum laude" on my CV?
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Cambridge University “overall grade”?

I'm from Brazil and the metric system for grades here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grading_systems_by_country#Brazil) is different from UK. So, I'm an undergraduate student who wants to apply to a ...
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How do ects grades compare to American grades?

How does the ECTS ABCD etc grades compare to the American ones? Would I in particular be right in saying that the European B is worth more than the American B?
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Automatic failure for not completing all assignments - proper?

Related: How to motivate students to complete low-point homework? One of my undergraduate professors had a similar problem to the OP's in the above question, that is, that students would skip many ...
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What is an example graduate admission grading system? How much is GPA weighted?

It is said in a variety of sources that the graduate admission committee uses a grading system. For example, if the total score is 10, the adcomm will assign 6 points to research and recommendation, 2 ...
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Received a less-than-great grade due to bad instructions. Should I appeal?

Last week, I did a computer lab for a class. At the end of the instructions was a script that would verify that everything in the lab was done correctly. At the end of the lab, I knew I had done ...
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Slept through final, professor is giving me a zero and failing me – is there anything I can do to change this?

I slept through my 8 am final last Thursday, and I didn’t wake up until 11:50 am. By the time I scrambled to remember what day it was, it was already noon. I frantically sent the professor an email ...
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USA - Undergraduate Final Transcripts and PhD Programs

I am curious about how final transcripts play a role in a graduate program that has already accepted you. For example, if a student with a 3.02 cumulative GPA was accepted into a Physics Ph.D. program ...
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Is it advisable to contact a professor if I fear failing a graduate-level course?

I am an international master's student in the US. I am currently finishing my last semester of courses. This semester has been very tough on my personal life because of some family issues. I also had ...
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Are U.K. grade cutoffs for PhDs hard?

I recently learned that most U.K. universities advertise themselves as having a minimum grade cutoff of a 2:1. I’m an American, and according to Cambridge’s website, they consider a US 3.5 to be the ...
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Could I e-mail my professor and ask what my final grade will be before I graduate in two days?

I am graduating in two days and still haven't received a grade in one of my classes. The chances that I do not pass the class are low but it isn't out of the question. I am also on the edge of latin ...
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If the class average is too low, do profs usually curve or adjust the grading scale? [closed]

My prof for my first year anthropology class is new, and I'm having trouble understanding her marking scheme. Here is the distribution of our class grades: Exam 1: Median 62%, Top 75% got above 47%,...
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Grad school admission after bad grade in research class for different discipline

I have a predicament. I am about 4 weeks shy of graduating from a small Virginia (USA) school with a BA in English literature and I received a D in an upper-level research class in linguistics, which ...
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How to improve student seminar presentations and seminar papers

During the last semester my supervisor Prof. X held a seminar for bachelor and master students (mostly computer scientists). According to the study regulations the students have to give scientific ...