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Questions tagged [grades]

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

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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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What is Summa cum Laude and how do you get it? (USA)

What is Summa cum Laude and how do you get it (USA)? Is this equivalent to First Class Honors in Australia? What is the equivalent of an Australian University medal in the USA?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Withdrawn” grade as a graduate student

I am in a situation that I would like some input on. I am currently a 2nd year MS student. I took a class last semester that resulted in a C+. The final project was worth 40% of the grade, and I ...
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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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What are the implications of the whole class failing an exam?

I am an MSc student and in my class are 10 people. The module has been taught exceptionally poorly and as a result none of us can see ourselves passing the module. The exam is in two days time. By ...
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What does an optimal grading distribution look like?

Researchers on education must have thought about this, so I hope to find some directions here. Suppose that I am grading students on a scale from 1 to 10. If I have no prior knowledge of the ability ...
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How can I progress with researching/working with profs with a bad transcript?

I've been asking a lot of questions on here lately (my apologies to the admin for that), but I've become very worried about my future as I've had a terrible semester. I'm a second year student ...
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W in transcript [duplicate]

I am in second year of Master course in physics. In the 2nd semester, I took a course in material science dept. called Solid State Physics, but then I dropped it because I took other Solid State ...
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Misunderstood exam question with consequences for incorrect answer

I suspect a student misread an exam question worth 10 points (exam out of 120). Aside from this one student, the rest all understood the question and the average grade was 8.2/10 for this question. ...
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Can an unsuccessful grade appeal hurt an academic career?

Background: After an academic dismissal from an undergraduate program, I have been working towards improving my GPA (as well as my own academic habits) at a community college, in hopes that after ...
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Course of action after failing a (non-maths) course in hopes of entering grad school for maths?

I'm currently a second year student in a general science program with a specialization in mathematics (it's kind of like a double major, almost). I'm hoping to go to grad school for combinatorial ...
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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?
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How does a graduate admissions committee consider junior/senior grades that are not yet available?

When transcripts are submitted as part of your graduate admission's package, how can the graduate admissions staff consider your junior/senior grades, when your applying to the program a year in ...
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Audit or B in class when applying to grad school (mathematics)

Does a B in a class look worse for graduate school admissions than an audit, given I'm not expected to have the class in the first place? More specifically, I'm studying abroad and taking five math ...
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Do graduate admissions simply see the 'letter grades' for a course, or can they see the numeric grade and/or exam scores, too?

Not a long question, but I'm curious if grad school admissions (I'm more concerned with master's programs instead of PhD programs, right now) take into account only the letter scores of courses taken (...
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Is there a normalizer for undergrad grades in institutions across the world? [duplicate]

I could swear I once saw somewhere in under duke.edu a pdf that lists undergrad institutions across the world with a way to interpret their grades qualitatively. I can't find it anymore. Is there any ...
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How can I challenge a grade based on false accusation of submitting non-original work? [duplicate]

I need some advice on what I can do, and how much hope is left on this case- A couple of months back, I finished my Media GCSE and got a C. It's alright, I guess, but I hoped for a little higher. It ...
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What does in-major classes mean?

I am starting to fill out my resume and I looked up a few "recommendations" on what to do. When it got to the GPA, it mentioned that you can list your cumulative, in-major, in-minor, or even last ...
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Can a poorly done second degree ruin one's academic record?

Currently I have a BSc degree in Computer Science, and in the future I plan to get a Master degree in Computer Science. In my opinion, my BSc grades are good enough to help me be accepted at good ...
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Does Title IX require U.S. universities to have grade expungement policies?

Under U.S. law, Title IX sets requirements on how universities must deal with sex discrimination, including making reasonable accommodations for victims of assault or harassment. One possible ...
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How often do people have to drop graduate level courses [closed]

Most of this may be venting a little. The main question is in the last paragraph. I'm currently in my second semester of graduate school and I've been struggling in my current course. A lot. I've ...
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Advisor moving to Industry for a year, How should I reapply for PhD elsewhere?

I am in my second year of PhD. A lot of the past 1.5 years was coursework and little research. I have been working with my current advisor for the past 5 months and have a publication in the pipeline. ...
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What can a professor do about an exam that was too long for the allotted time, after the students have completed it?

I just finished a midterm exam. It was very easy but I was only able to finish about 3/4 of it. And I rushed through some parts in the final moments. Talking with other students, there's a consensus ...
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Taking a course on Pass / No Pass Basis for Grad School

For a PhD application: assuming a student has a good technical GPA (whatever that means from your point of view) and took some challenging technical classes and some grad courses; what would you think ...