Questions tagged [grades]

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

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Applying for PhD with a 3.2 GPA - Do I even stand a chance? [duplicate]

I just read an incredibly disheartening post on reddit about Grad School admissions in the Biological sciences. The post basically makes it sound like I have no chance of getting into a good PhD ...
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Low undergraduate GPA. Strong research profile. Any chances of getting into the likes of MIT, Caltech, etc? [duplicate]

I am a final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering from Nepal. I plan to do master's in aerospace engineering (propulsion systems, to be specific) at a prestigious university in the US. ...
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What marks do academics normally get at undergraduate level? [closed]

I only know four people who have definite plans for academic careers and I doubt they're a representative sample, so I was wondering what kind of marks people here who are in academia (or plan on ...
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Phd admissions with strange academic record and multiple schools?

I am an undergraduate in my fourth and final year of getting a bachelor's degree. Next year I am thinking about applying to Phd programs in math (in any case I want to take a year between undergrad ...
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Is it OK for a professor to refuse access to individual test marks?

I received a very low grade in one of my Master classes. This is not a failing grade but close to it. Such low scores are highly unusual in this country (Japan), 90/100 or more is the norm and even a ...
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Is it unethical to not give feedback on final exams or assignments?

In this question a person working as a TA was asking if and how he should try to persuade a lecturer to change her practice, in which she gave grades for final assignments but not detailed feedback. ...
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How should I deal with students copying down the problem incorrectly?

I give quizzes in my recitation classes. I write down the problems on the board. My handwriting is okay but not great and most students can read what I'm writing but because of chalk marks, bad ...
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Is there a better measure of undergraduate academic performance than GPA?

An answer to a recent question about the importance of looking at a student's whole transcript got me thinking. Is there some other way of summing up a student's academic performance, other than the ...
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What does B?+ mean as a grade? [closed]

I have been wanting to know the answer to this for a very long time but have come up against none. Looking at my undergrad results from a few years ago, one of the assignment marks is down as B?+. ...
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What is considered a good GPA in a master's program?

I am in a top master's program for my field of study. I completed my first semester last month and got back my grades. When I was offered admission at my current school, I was offered a partial ...
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Understanding an abnormal grade distribution

I have three years of experience teaching as part of a team (many teachers, some with more experience, agreeing on a syllabus and preparing the tests together), but this year is the first time I am ...
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Why does an admissions committee need to look at the whole transcript?

Admissions committees look at a student's entire transcript to get an understanding of their academic abilities. Why is it not sufficient to judge a student's academics based on GPA alone?
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How important are my grades to the rest of my PhD career?

Speaking to the faculty in my program, I've noticed that they seem to evaluate themselves and others using two criterion: (1) publication quality and quantity, and (2) ability to obtain grant money. ...
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Why is B or B− the minimum passing grade for most graduate courses in US?

I was recently told that in many schools in the US (maybe other countries too), the minimum grade for a graduate course is B or B−. Meaning that B is considered as a passing score. I would like to ...
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How do admissions committees perceive poor grades in “core” classes in the major, for students with better grades in “harder” classes?

I prefer to avoid the "do I have what it takes to get in?" question, and would rather focus on how a particular graduate committee contemplates a few poor grades on a transcript, particularly in core ...
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Bad First Undergraduate Semester [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student who is majoring in physics and computer science (two majors) at Baylor University, but had a bad first semester while taking Elementary Chinese, Calculus I, General ...
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Does better learning affect teaching evaluations? If so, how?

Arum and Roksa (p. 7) say: Research on course evaluations by Valen Johnson has convincingly demonstrated that "higher grades do lead to better course evaluations" and "student course evaluations ...
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Is it a FERPA violation for instructor to display grades in public computer file system?

My instructor placed grade sheets for our first two projects into a "Dropbox" file system which has absolutely no access control. So not only every student could see every other student's grades and ...
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How disrupting is the use of blockchain for university resources?

I came across an interesting concept. The use of blockchain technology to validate academic (and other) achievements. I could find that allegedly the office of the registrar's at Stanford is invested ...
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Can students ask for changing grades?

If a student feels that the grade he received is lower than he expected, because he has been working very hard, and truly trying to understand things, but sometimes at the cost of sacrificing details. ...
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Is an American University Professor allowed to share grades with the class? [duplicate]

I am in a bad situation with a professor. He shared my grades and my classmates grades with the class. He had our names and everything put up on a projector!!!! He even scrolled through it slowly so ...
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“Official” grade conversion is skewed at my disadvantage, how to proceed?

I am a Master's student in Italy, and I'm applying for a thesis internship in a lab in the US. To this end, I'm required to send my Master's transcript as well as my Bachelor's; however, in the case ...
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How to Deal with Unfair Grading in Team Work?

I was a part of a project course for about four months working as a team member in one of the teams, the project was extremely hard for all of us, but we were working real good together keeping up, ...
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I have a perfect GPA from 2nd year on wards, but a horrible first year… How badly will this affect PhD admission? [duplicate]

I have BSc in Mathematics, and will finish my BSc (Hons) in Statistics soon. In my first year of my degree I failed one course, got a C, two B- and one A+. This was when I was lazy and generally ...
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Applying for PhD programs before finishing your honours, when admission requires a first or high second honours?

I want to apply to a bunch of PhD programs, particularly ones in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. All of these list a "High honours degree" for admission into their programs. I will be finishing ...
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Lukewarm grade in proposed area of study?

I'm applying for study in a particular area of math. To keep matters short , I was an undergraduate that took the graduate version of a particular class and ended up with a B+ . I had never taken any ...
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How to convert german undergrad grade to US GPA

How am I supposed to provide US Universities during my application process a GPA if there is no official way to convert a 1.6 (German grade) to US GPA ? I have tried to find a ressource but every ...
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Effect of “D” grade in PhD-level course on job prospects

I am a PhD student and have a D in one of my exams due to some family issues. I also have a B in 3 subjects and A in one. I am worried about my future. will the D have an impact on my job prospects ...
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How seriously do math PhD/Grad programs take grades in non math courses/overall GPA relative to relevant GPA? [duplicate]

I'm sure this question has been asked before but probably not to the extreme degree of my situation. I am nearing the end of my undergrad experience (Electical Engineering and Mathematics) and I want ...
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What is the purpose of having grades?

What is the idea behind giving a student a grade? It might sound like a funny question but I'm serious. I ask because in my previous question about disputing a mark, it's hard for me to decide how ...
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Masters in Germany in Engineering

I am new here and am trying to find some answers. I have finished my BEng Hons in Mechanical and PowerPlant Systems from UK. During my studies I had to go through grievance and the depression for 2 ...
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What is the purpose of getting good grades once in college?

So, I understand good grades in high school, you use your GPA with your application to college. Once your in college, is there any reason, like putting your college GPA on your resume, to get anything ...
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Trauma affected my grades while in undergrad, how will it affect me getting into graduate school?

I was traumatized by an abusive relationship. While in the relationship, my grades were affected. Out of the relationship, I chose to stay in school and struggle with my studies instead of medically ...
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When applying to a Phd in Physics or Math , do grades in unrelated courses I took have any effect on my admission?

I'm currently studying (Undergraduate) Physics in a University where, regardless of their department, every student must take some English, Turkish and History courses, which I don't want to attend. ...
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Requesting All Student's Grades From Professor

For the last few months I have been tutoring a student in a university math course and they just received their finally course grade which numerically was a 78, but to my surprise the letter grade ...
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Handling grade disputes in grad school

I'm a rising second-year PhD student at a big state university in the US. I'm seeking advice regarding the possibility of disputing a grade received this past semester in one of my core PhD courses. ...
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How common is a must-pass-final requirement?

For a course with a final exam, is it more common to: (a) require that the final exam be passed to pass the course, or (b) allow for a student to fail the final exam and still pass the course? How ...
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How to persuade my advisor to keep working with me even if my grades are poor?

I am an international grad student in ECE in USA, in the field of Wireless Communications, and I am on my second semester of my Master's program. Last week I learned by advisor was unhappy about the ...
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How to keep track of attendance and student-submitted excuses for absences?

I will be teaching an introductory class, in which attendance is important, with approximately 60 students in 3 sections. I'd like to have a system that: Enables me to quickly mark whether a student ...
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Should teachers announce the grade breakdown during first class?

I noticed that some teachers announce the grade breakdown in the first class or in the syllabus, while some don't. What's the best practice? If giving the grade breakdown at the beginning is ...
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Importance of Math Subject GRE

I will be applying for a PhD program for mathematics this year. When graduate schools are considering applications, how much weight does a GRE score carry compared to research experience and grades ...
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If co-instructors gave different syllabi with different grading schemes, is this generally considered a valid reason to challenge grade?

Summary: I am a STEM graduate student taking a soon-ending class that was divided into 3 parts each under different professors, Alice, Bob and Carol. There is a conflict in the grading schemes set ...
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Would several withdrawals (W) affect my chances at graduate school admission [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate math major and I have already had to drop two classes (one due to my mother being sick and other to do with an attendance policy). This semester I'm having trouble with my health ...
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Are college students forbidden from sharing their grades with other students?

I am currently in an anatomy class and had an issue. I and three other students worked on an 18 page packet together. We had the same answers since we worked on it as a group. However, two of us ...
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If I believe a student lacks the preparation to pass, what should I say to them? [closed]

I'm an Advanced Level math teacher in my country. I teach two courses Pure and Applied. Its duration is 3 years. At the end of three years, there is one exam for the whole three years. Only 1200 ...
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Why is it reasonable to believe that this student handed in a term paper from another class?

I have a student who has handed in a term paper from another class, only changing the title page, and he claims that he only put the due date for the current course's term paper on the cover sheet of ...
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How to ask for a non passing grade?

In one course I got a lower than expected grade. If the professor wants, he can give me a non passing grade and this won't be on my transcript (non passing grades are not on our transcript). Of course ...
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I feel that my professor didn't notice a mistake I made on an assignment. Should I have informed the professor of my mistake?

This morning, I took my third math quiz of the semester. On the last question, I had solved the presented problem but had not written out the answer according to the directions before time was called, ...
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I got a C in a core class. Should I retake it?

I'm a 3rd year aerospace engineering undergrad with an inclination to pursue graduate studies in dynamics and control (ultimate goal of PhD). Until last semester, I had a lazy attitude towards my ...
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How to offset poor undergraduate performance in core classes?

I recently did not do so well in a couple undergraduate core classes, what are my options to make up for this on a grad school application?