Questions tagged [grades]

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

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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 ...
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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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When and how should you talk to a professor if you think you deserve a different grade?

I recently was returned a midterm I wrote. One question I interpreted differently than what was intended. As a result I got 0.5/3 marks, which isn't a big deal but considering the test was only out of ...
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Grades in masters before PhD

I'm working on a masters in mathematical finance. I am going to make at least one B this semester at a program which is not highly regarded after having made very good grades in undergraduate school ...
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Importance of grades as a graduate student in math

I'm in my first year as a grad student in math at a large university in the US. For the moment I'm just taking classes, all of which have weekly problem sets which take a ton of time to complete in ...
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Awarding additional points to prevent too many students from failing course

Is it acceptable, if too many students in the class would fail otherwise, to award additional points across the board (in the one class, in one semester)? Would it require approval of the Division ...
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Do grades obtained after applying to a graduate school matter?

Suppose one submits his/her application to a graduate school this November and grades for the ongoing semester are due after that. Do these grades, received after submitting the application, matter in ...
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Can work experience overcome bad undergrad grades for admissions to masters programs in Germany?

I did my graduation in Electronics and Communication engineering, and now I am working as a software engineer for more than two years. I have this problem that during my graduation I failed in a few ...
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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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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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What can you do to supplement low grades for admission into masters programs that don't use GRE or GMAT?

To study in the USA, low grades can be supplemented by GRE or GMAT. What can you do to supplement low grades to study in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia), Oceania and South Africa?
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Does a bad grade in one course (with otherwise OK record) affect graduate admissions?

I'm currently an M. Phil student in Math and I failed a course last semester because I was not able to hand in a home work assignment (which was worth 40% of my grade) on time (I was 30 minutes late). ...
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What matters most for Grad school admissions ? Practical grades or Theory grades?

My college separates theory and practical grades. I have poor grades in theory like I scores around 60 ~ 80 in most of my theory grades. But except two practical exams in which I scored between 80 to ...
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Should repeated course grades be included in GPA calculations for reporting to institutions in the U.S.?

I'm from Iran and planning to apply for a master in CS in USA. I'm trying to figure out how should I report my GPA, but I'm confused about courses that I have failed and repeated. Should I include ...
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Variation in drop dates, and effect on student outcomes

(This question may be specific to US university systems. Also, sorry it is long.) US universities usually have some provision for students to drop a course. Within the first N weeks of the term, if ...
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Convert from Egyptian % grading to German grading system [duplicate]

can any one help me to convert 68.08 % Egyptian grading which is a (B) in US grading to German Grading system?
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How to mitigate bad grade in research on PhD application? [duplicate]

I've just finished my fourth year (out of 5) of biology studies in one of European universities. I have some experience in research and my grades are quite ok (in US scale it would be 3.75, which ...
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Applying for masters again, will the application be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate/Bachelors or the most recent postgraduate grades [duplicate]

Applying for masters but have a previous uncompleted masters on my profile. Will that grades from that masters be factored in when the admission committee evaluates my application. What if i have very ...
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How to motivate students to complete low-point homework?

I teach a course consisting of about 50 assignments. These include readings, many short writing assignments, and group projects. Additionally, students complete 2 large projects as the mid-term and ...
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For graduate admissions, are difficult classes valued over perfect grades?

I am an undergrad at a top 5 research institution for context, and this is pertaining to math Ph.D. admissions. I know looking at grades in isolation w.r.t. admissions is a questionable thing to do ...
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Being the right kind of demanding as a college instructor

As part of my work as a graduate student in maths I currently teach a basic second semester calculus course. It seems like every semester I teach, one or two students want some sort of special ...
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What is or should be the meaning of a “grade”?

What is or should be the purpose of a "grade"? I am going to be entering into TAing and grading students and this is a concept that I still can't wrap my head around. It still amazes me that this ...
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Will a dropped class hurt PhD application?

I'm currently in a Master's program for mathematics and I want to apply for a PhD. I'm thinking of dropping one of my classes because it requires a final project which will be very time consuming. (...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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Is it more ethical to hire a tutor to prepare or to cheat on a test? [closed]

This question was inspired by this fascinating discussion about cheating. If grades, degrees, test scores are important for getting a job/internship/assistantship, even more so than the actual ...
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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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How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes [closed]

This has been a plague upon my performance for what seems like all my life (or all my graded life). No, it's not an 100, it's a 98 because of calling bromine a gas carelessly. No, it's not a 6/6, it'...
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Do A+ grades (as an undergrad) matter at all for graduate school?

If I get A+ grades then it will raise my GPA in my undergrad institution, as well as for Columbia which is where I want to go to graduate school for statistics. Should I try hard to get A+ grades or ...
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How to deal with procrastination and delays in final assignment of undergraduate class?

This semester I taught an optional course for undergraduate students. While I find it normal that fewer students attend optional classes, presence in class itself was low even for the enrolled ...
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How to measure entropy of exam results

In this answer to a quora question, the answerer mentions how the 'entropy' of a set of exam results can be used to measure how well the exam differentiates between students. Should I be computing ...
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Explaining bad grades in application: SOP or separate letter

Question Should issues about past academic performance be addressed in the Statement of Purpose or a separate letter to the admissions committee. Background I had originally posted about my ...
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Unsatisfactory grades for unsatisfactory reasons [duplicate]

I am currently doing Algebra in a college in India. The professor asks students to note down solved examples in class, and then poses the very same questions in the tests. I don't go to class for ...
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Why is 3.0 GPA used as cut-off for job offers, etc.?

My GPA is 2.97 and I am a junior in University. My resume is pretty strong, having around 2 years experience in the industry as a software engineer. I also include work samples with my resume, ...
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Convert UK Bachelor Degree Grades to German Grade Scale [duplicate]

I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems (3rd Class Honors) form a UK University. My Transcript states as follows. Course Name Marks Cats BUS 40 12 ...
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Old transcripts for Grad application

I thought of applying for master's in US universities in 2011 for fall 2012. So, I had taken official transcripts from my college. But, I didn't apply then. I'm thinking of applying this year for ...
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A+ in transcript and GPA [closed]

In the past (historically), A+ was a bonus in transcript and had an effect on the cumulative GPA too, but it is no common these days (at least I do not see around). If some universities/colleges use A+...
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Exactly How Important Is The Quality Of My Degree (Grades, GPA)?

I don't want to bore anyone so long story, very, very short: This is for the Computer Science / Software Engineering industry. I am combating laziness and extreme procrastination due to depression. ...
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How strict are listed minimum requirements for admission to a graduate degree program?

I'm a rising senior at a Chinese university. I'm really interested in pursuing a master degree (as a stepping-stone to a PhD) in the US. I do not know what "Minimum Requirements" for admission really ...
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Suggestions for an alternative grading system

I'm designing a leadership development program for a graduate college at a research university. As part of the project, I've designed a summary sheet which each participant will receive. The summary ...
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Will one 'C' grade due to health issues ruin my chances of admission into a top grad school?

I am in the third year of my undergraduate degree now, and in the process of applying for Graduate schools and Med schools. I have a burning questions about a creepy "C" in my transcript. To ...
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How important are the grades compared to the cover letter when applying for a Ph.D?

Some months ago I finished my MSc. I immediately started to send several applications for Ph.D vacancies. So far I've spent a lot of time in doing this, but there is only one place that did not reject ...
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Grading system: Why A-F and not E?

Why do we use F for failing on an otherwise arbitrary alphabetic grading scale? Isn't E just as meaningful for failing as A is for excellent? I'm more interested in a response on the history of how ...
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Issue on conditional PhD admission

I am an international student who has recently been officially admitted to a prestigious school in USA as a PhD candidate. I have sent them my transcript except my last year, which I was passing my ...
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CS PhD application with low GPA but extensive research experience

I have recently graduated from a non EEA university—though arguably one of the better/best schools in its field in my country—with a CGPA of 2.90, majoring in Computer science. I used to study ...
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Graduate early with average GPA, or later with better GPA?

I've seen similar questions here, and I wish there was a narrower tag than the broad soft-question and career-development. I am currently a freshman/sophomore-to-be at a top ten math program in US. ...
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Grade assignment methods to make learning efficient

The way a grade is assigned in a course influences the way students study which in turn influences their gain from the course. I want to focus on ways to assign grades which aim to eventually ...
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How can I make up for weak grades while applying for a masters?

I feel I've received poor grades in my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering - Second Class Second Division as per UK grading system. Having finished my bachelors in the UK I wish to enroll into ...
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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 ...