How does this grading curve compare to other T20 schools?

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saladfiend
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How does this grading curve compare to other T20 schools?

Postby saladfiend » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:06 am

This is UCLA's curve. I'm getting the sense this it is 5-10 years behind the times.

First Year Courses Letter Grades
A+ to A- 25% - 29%—Target 27%
B+ to B 41% - 52%
B- 18% - 22%—Target 20%
5% - 8% C+ or below

Upper Division Courses with 40 or more
A+ to A- 23% - 27% —Target 25%
B+ to B 50% - 60%
B- 17% - 23%—Target 20%
C+ or below* Not mandatory, but may be given at faculty member’s discretion

ogurty
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Re: How does this grading curve compare to other T20 schools?

Postby ogurty » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:43 am

I'm not sure what you mean. Apart from the schools that have switched to Yale's system of smiley faces, or abolished the grades below C+, it's pretty similar.

I get the feeling that most professors pushed the curve up really high. In talking to friends, I've heard of a ton of A's and almost no A-. So if every professor used the "target" curve, the median would be around 3.2, but really it's closer to 3.3.




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