Questions tagged [grades]

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

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How can I ask a lecturer not to disclose (my) grades publicly?

In my university, some, but not all, professors upload online the grades of every student and their names next to them a few days before making them final at the end of the semester. This is done to ...
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Do graduate schools care more about my grades in math courses or my general GPA?

I'm currently a junior in mathematics at UIUC. I have been doing pretty well in my math courses (mostly A and A+). I will be completing a graduate course in topology, a second course in abstract ...
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How to deal with extra points in exams? [closed]

If a midterm exam was from 100 points with 5 points bonus(extra points). Then should the total grade be out of 100 or 105? How to deal with cases of students getting above 100? Should their points be ...
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Weight of undergraduate grades when applying for a Ph.D

I am an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering and I would like to do a Ph.D. at a well reputed university. I am facing a problem because I took some borderline pass grades in a few courses (3 ...
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How do I know what schools are within my reach for graduate school in math?

When applying for undergraduate schools it was relatively easy to look up average ACT/SAT scores and GPAs of admittance to know if I would be a competitive applicant. As of right now I want to pursue ...
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How will a 'fail' in a course affect chances at graduate school admission? [duplicate]

I'm a second year computer science student in Australia. I hope to apply to one of the top 10 US universities for MS or PhD program. I have received high distinction (highest grade possible here) for ...
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Should I hold the same writing standards for international students as I do for domestic students?

I teach courses in physics, astronomy and planetary science. Often, but certainly not always, international students (and even some domestic students, for whom English is not their primary language), ...
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Tell supervisor I am unhappy with grading even though grades won't change [closed]

I have been working in a group project of six people at university. I think I made an substantial effort, and would consider me among the two best performers in the group (please accept this as a fact ...
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What is a “provisional transcript, stating your provisional grades”?

I am set to do a masters degree in the UK starting in mid September this year. It is exactly one year long. I intend to do another masters after it which begins in October next year. The structure of ...
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I'm admitted to a PhD program in mathematics, but only achieved a pass (no distinction) in masters. Will this affect my reputation in the PhD program?

I'm a maths student who did his BSc at a top 10 university in England and got solid first. After this, I decided to go to Cambridge to do Part III of the Mathematical tripos (a Masters). This was a ...
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PhD defense in germany: how do they decide for the final grade?

I am a PhD student in Germany (physics) and I will have my PhD defense in some months. I am not German. My thesis is mainly based on 2 PRL's and a paper not yet published (submitted to PRB). The ...
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Is there any point in handing back exams ordered by grade?

Back in France I had a few teachers handing back exams in order from the highest grade to the lowest grade, and I recall there was some tense suspense, especially for for the people at the bottom of ...
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Mistakenly passing a student

I miscalculated the mark of one of my students and mistakenly notified him that he passed the class. However, I noticed my mistake after some hours and fixed it, thereby resulting in him failing 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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Grad school GPA and Phd [duplicate]

How much can your grad school GPA affect your chances of getting into a Phd Program? Some of my teachers suggested that your motivation to be a researcher is what matters the most, but i am still ...
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I am interested in graduate studies, but I was dismissed from my undergraduate program for poor grades. Where do I go from here?

I've had a tumultuous undergraduate experience, to say the least. After being suspended freshman year, being re-admitted in the Spring of 2014, and a rough 2014-2015 academic year, I've been dismissed ...
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PhD course grade impact on postdoc and fellowship applications?

This past spring was the second semester of my PhD program. A professor of a core course refused to grade my final assignment because it was late after deadline had been extended. The professor had ...
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Grades and Predoctoral NIH Grants

I am applying for an F31 Diversity Grant for Predoctoral studies to support my 3-5 year of PhD studies. There is no mention of needing to submit transcript of grade with the application. Is this true? ...
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How to explain low grades in a phd interview [closed]

I am a recent Masters graduate in nanotechnology and I have applied for a reputed phd position. I will have an interview very shortly. Unfortunately my Masters grades are very bad and I believe that ...
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Connotations regarding F grade

How is the grade F viewed in US academic system, is it abhorred or people see that grade as any other grade. If a student gets an A retaking that particular course, the previous F grade he got would ...
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Low GPA, any chance of grad school for math? [duplicate]

I have a cummulative 3.5 GPA from a top 20 school but a 3.1 GPA in my math classes. In particular I got a BC in linear algebra and a C in abstract algebra. My goal was always to go to graduate school ...
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Why are cumulative tests typically weighted so high (U.S.)?

Is there an academic justification behind most U.S. classes weighting exams at very high percentages of the overall grade in a course? So if a student does exceedingly well throughout the course in ...
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When repeating a course, why are the grades averaged for GPA?

When repeating a course, why are the grades averaged for GPA? For example, a student takes course X and receives a C (2.0) and then retakes the course and receives an A (4.0), my university (and I ...
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Is it ethical to limit marks based upon past performance?

A professor has a habit of starting oral examinations by asking for or looking up grade averages and grades from other subjects and then taking them heavily into account when evaluating the student in ...
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How to convert Italian grades to American and U.K system?

I just graduated in aeronautical engineering (master of science) at the Polytechnic of Milan. In the Italian university system, students who finish their major get a final grade that that goes from 66 ...
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Should I notify the teacher that he accidentally gave out the answers to an assignment?

For one of my class projects, the teacher coded the entire solution, then took out a few sections that we are supposed to complete for our assignment. This incomplete code was distributed to the class ...
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Motivation for getting good grades in graduate school

Okay, so in grade school, in high school and also in college, a long face from my parents would scare me, so it would in most part act as an extra motivator for me to get good grades. In grad school ...
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Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?

A comment on this question on undergraduate admissions notes that a good college might get 10x more applicants who all have the maximum possible grade point average, than the college can admit. (The ...
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Is my GPA good enough for top-tier graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergraduate and have a cGPA of about 3.6 in Mathematics. I worry that it's not good enough to land me a place at some of the best graduate schools such as UCB, Princeton and MIT. I ...
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Grades in a PhD program

I am a math grad student who has completed the qualifying exams within my first two years. Lately, I have been taking a few non-core courses, which allows me to put most of my time on my own research. ...
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Optimize lab report grading rubric to minimize grading time

I will be teaching a new course with a new grading rubric. All of my students will write a lab report at the end of each 3 hour lab session. Each lab report will have an abstract, introduction, data, ...
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How bad is a B+ for master's application?

I have had at-least two to three B+ in each semester of engineering but in third year when I feel sick I ended up getting 4 to 5 B+ in the two semesters of third year. Some of them in core papers like ...
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Convert Spanish grades to English scale? [duplicate]

I'm a English citizen which has been living in Spain for the past 7 years (I'm currently 15 years old in case you're wondering) and I plan to move back to England at the end of this school year. Can ...
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What do I do if my part-time master's program is changed to full-time?

I am stuck in an unusual situation. I was admitted to a part-time master's program. The classes were supposed to be held in the evening and the expected degree duration was 6 years. After only one ...
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How can a student suggest changes in grading policies

I am taking a graduate course online in education. Though I have taken many online courses, my professor is clearly inexperienced. Like all education professors, mine writes about rubrics and ...
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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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What grades do I have? [duplicate]

In a two months I will have a bachelors degree from a German University with an degree average (Notendurchschnitt) of 1.8 or 1.9 . My programme uses ECTS Credit Points. I am in the process of applying ...
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What should I do when getting a C in a core graduate course as an undergraduate planning to apply for grad school in applied math? [duplicate]

I'm a third year undergraduate student planning to apply for graduate school in applied math. I have done REU in applied math and had one conference paper. I had decent grades in my undergraduate math ...
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Potential Impact of Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grade in Elective Courses

The current grading system of my university allows graduate students to either receive a letter grade (A through F) or receive a Pass/Fail grade (where A-C is Pass) in any course offered. Each student ...
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Should I talk to my professor about my grade? [closed]

I just found my grades for the fall semester, in an introduction to international relations class that I took, I got a B. I got a 93% on the midterm, which was worth 25% of the grade. I always ...
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What to write in application letter to address poor grades in Greek and Latin for classical archeology masters application?

I am planning on applying to a Masters program in classical archaeology. BUT I have a B average in Greek and Latin combined. However, I feel confident in my abilities and that because I had to work ...
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Thoughts on Student with Bad Grades in Easy Courses and Better Grades in hard courses

I have a fairly weird transcript. I took two harder upper-year courses at the second-year of my undergraduate degree. I spent a lot of time working on these courses because I was fascinated by the ...
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Taking suggestions for grading rubric for multiple answers test

We're being encouraged to use multiple answer tests at my school. In case you're not familiar with the concept, each question may have multiple correct answers; students are encouraged to mark all ...
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How much will a poor first semester affect my grad school chances?

I'm studying Computer Science with a double major in Math at a public university. I hope to attend a private school like Vanderbilt (Nashville, USA) to pursue an MS or PhD. My GPA is still above a 3.0,...
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Terrible grade in undergraduate research project, how will this affect graduate admissions?

I have graduated this year with a second class first division. In addition, I ranked sixth. However, the problem is that I scored a D+ in my undergrad research project. Now I am aiming to pursue a ...
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What can I do when my transcripts have mistakes?

My transcripts contain a mistake on the grade I took for a course. I applied before two months to change me the grade but the process is slow. Until now nothing has changed and I need to apply for ...
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How important are pure math grades for applied math graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm an applied math/econ major in the U.S. and am looking into pursuing a masters degree in applied math. This term curiosity got the best of me and I decided to take abstract algebra and I am not ...
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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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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 (...
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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 ...