flcath wrote:Gideon Strumpet wrote:at any school you will have 5-10% of the class that will "get As" in every class, and 90-95% that never get an A in any class.
This doesn't add up unless we assume that the only way to get an A in any class is to get As in all of them.
Of course it's not actually true that all the As go to the same 5-10%. However, it is not so far from true to be easily dismissed. Half (maybe) of the As go to pretty much the same people, who bunch around 4.0 -- the other half goes to people who get some As, and some lower grades.
This is to say, if you're aren't getting pretty much all As, the bad news is that any shot at the top 5% is long gone. The good news is that the second half of the top ten falls off pretty steeply as far as GPA requirement is concerned. It isn't a linear relationship.
In a hypothetical "top 10%" of a 200 person class, it may look something like this: