Questions tagged [grades]

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

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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 ...
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How to react when encountering students who have previously failed my course?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I did my graduate work at a large public university, and there I rarely encountered students who had ...
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Should I include information about my mental health in my masters personal statements? [duplicate]

I graduated in 2016 with a 2:2, which I feel was lower than what I could have achieved. I had had some minor issues before starting university, however I had an amazing support system and managed to ...
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What is the mean in an standard exam? (For grading on a curve)

Suppose a grading system is used in which grades vary between 1 and 100. Grades below 50 are failing grades. If I want to grade the students on the normal curve, which grade should I choose as the ...
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Why do people say that elite schools are inflating grades? [closed]

Ivy League students had 4.0 GPA in average at high school, but their average college GPA is 3.45. A student from a random school had 3.3 from their high school, and then 3.3 exiting GPA from the ...
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How do I request that previously taken classes be counted toward my current program?

I'm in need of some advice. I am a nontraditional student coming back to school for a degree in nursing. Before I initially left school I only had 2 prerequisites that I still needed to fill. Now I'm ...
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Grading criteria changed mid-semester. Not fully communicated. What can I do?

I'm in my final year of my bachelor degree (Netherlands). In fact, I am resitting this particular class since I did not submit the portfolio last time. I have agreed to start writing my thesis today ...
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I got a way worse grade than my classmates for equal performance. What should I do?

The professor for this course was, according to every one of my classmates (only 7 of us total so I could get all the opinions) a nightmare. To illustrate, in the last week of class, after we present ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

I'm a student in Michigan, in the United States. I've just started a class for which a previous class was the prerequisite. The professor of my current class asked that I give him my grade for that ...
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How much do grades from beginning of bachelors impact PhD admission? [closed]

Do low grades in standard 12 and first year of bachelors (including a few repeats) hamper the admission to a PhD course in Europe if one has a research paper published and a masters degree in relevant ...
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Can a professor alter the syllabus when calculating a final course grade?

A professor for my one course didn't calculate an attendance and participation grade into my final grade but it was worth 20 percent in the syllabus.
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Retaking Classes?

Context I am a double major (in CS and physics) at a top-5 university in both. I was really hoping to do graduate studies in physics and have been keeping up a 3.8 GPA taking 18-19 units per quarter (...
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What do I do if a teacher fails me after they said I'd pass?

I just failed a university-level course that the instructor assured me I was passing. We've discussed my grade in emails but we continue to disagree on how it should be calculated and even on what ...
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Purposeful fail - effect on Master's admission [closed]

I am intending to purposefully try to fail a course to stay an extra semester, so I can finalize some research projects which can't be finalized otherwise. My current GPA is 3.82. How badly would that ...
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What does IPR mean on a grade report in Canada?

I'm was doing some continuing education in a Canadian University this fall. I was looking at my list of final grades on their website (none of them seem to be in so far), but one of them is marked ...
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What if I get B's in my first semester in graduate school (engineering program)?

Why is getting A's so important? What if I did not have the background to pursue graduate education but nonetheless I decided to enroll in a graduate program? I am in graduate school. I got ...
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How bad does the major GPA need to be for providing explanation in grad school app

I’m a sophomore in US college majoring in mathematics. I plan to apply for math PhD. I’m wondering how bad does the major GPA need to be for giving explanation? For example, do we need to provide ...
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Are ECTS Credits based on performance?

I was wondering if ECTS Credits are based on performance. For example, I know a course is say 5 ects credits, are those 5 credits awarded to a passing grade or is it based on performance and only a ...
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Checking sample solutions during exercise sessions [closed]

I'm a sophomore student in Engineering, and searching for ways to improve the way I study, I've been reviewing how I studied last year, trying to improve my methodology where I can. Being a somewhat ...
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Would I get into trouble if I give out “too many” A grades?

In the next semester, I will be teaching for the first time a seminar course which is composed of about 25 students. I am not sure how to respond to prospective students who have asked me about the ...
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Poor academic performance - should/can I apply to a PhD program?

I was always a distracted kid growing up. I found it difficult to pay attention to anything for more than fifteen minutes. Growing up in Asia, teachers at the school and college levels always put it ...
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Is “passed” a valid word for a grade in 4-level grade system?

I have recently had a university diploma translated from Russian to English, and the translator used words Excellent, Good and Passed for 5, 4 and 3 marks correspondingly. However, I could not find ...
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Are course grade distributions supposed to be bell shaped?

I just got done teaching my first course, and my grades are heavily skewed: I consider my assessments to be fair and have had them vetted by more experienced faculty. Also, the course averages are ...
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My grade is 2.1 in my country but first class in the country I want to study in, how will I be treated?

I've got another year of undergrad studies left and am looking for good masters degrees, but am having trouble estimating where I stand in terms of candidacy, I'll work with the British system as an ...
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Difficulties with exams

I am a German undergrad Math student (3rd year) at the university of Munich and I would classify our courses as relatively hard compared to what I have heard from other (German, but also some other ...
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Does it still count when ranked first but with no formal acknowledgement?

I'm from a developing country with two degrees (B.A. and M.A.) from two public universities, both English-taught, in a social science field. There are no extracurricular activities and no prizes for ...
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How do the grades of higher degrees equate with undergraduate qualifications, in terms of quality of work?

How do the grades of higher degrees math up with undergraduate qualifications, in terms of quality of work? I'm in the UK. At my current institution, where I'm sitting an MA 70+ -- Distinction 60+ -- ...
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How can I challenge a professor who is ignoring me in an online course?

This summer I am taking an online course due to being part of an internship 1000 miles from home. That said, the physics course I am taking the instructor is not grading the tests right. When asked ...
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Is 14/20 a good grade on master studies in France?

When I asked my professor why Is my grade so low, he told me that it is a good grade. Maybe he didn't want to make me sad? In my country 14/20 is just "not being dumb" grade. I am an international ...
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Should I use a linear function or two linear functions to grade scores?

In Chile, we score from 1 to 7 (this is a legal normative), where 4 is the minimum grade to pass. Thus, the passing grade corresponds to halfway point (50%) of the grade span (from 1 to 7). However, ...
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How do I ask for a better grade?

The prof did not mention his grading scale in this syllabus. I got A- with 94. The School usually set the A scale to be at 93. But the professors always have the right to set his own standards (e.g. ...
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How much does a FAIL grade in thesis credits affect PhD admission chances? [closed]

I am doing an integrated BS-MS in Biological Science from an Indian university and currently am in the 6th (post-final!) year. In this MS part of the program, I am supposed to take a few grad level ...
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How do PhD admissions look at A- grades from a Master's student in Math? [closed]

I'm currently graduating with a M.S degree in Mathematics and looking into applying to PhD programs in Mathematics this Fall. My GPA overall is in the 3.90+ range. Course grades are either A- or A. ...
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Syllabus change with no warning nor discussion with students worsened grade

In one of my courses, our syllabus outlined the course material and its contribution to our total grade. Daily homework constituted 10% of the grade, with other major group assignments constituting ...
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Will pass/no pass grades in an extracurricular affect graduate school admissions?

I work for the student newspaper on campus and as a part of it we take a class. On my transcripts, it is listed as Independent Study, and I take it every quarter Pass/No Pass simply because it's an ...
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How much damage could a 'C' in Abstract Algebra Course cause? and How to minimize the effect? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate math major student in my junior year. I've taken Abstract Algebra 1 last fall. I got a C in that class (I got 65%). In most of my previous courses I got A's, and in some courses ...
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marking scale between Egypt and the UK [duplicate]

How can I convert marks in the Egyptian scale to marks in the UK scale. for example if I got a mark of 40 in Egypt what is the equivalent mark in the UK.
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Prospects for an older student with a roller coaster of grades [closed]

Apologies for my verbosity. There have been more than a few questions from applicants with less than stellar grades. My situation is significantly different from those I have read, but I believe ...
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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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Should a marker TA handle students' marking issues by email?

I am a university marker TA. The instructor requires TAs to meet students if they have marking issues. But I found most students just come to meet me for better grades, not to ask questions, and some ...
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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 ...