audrey hepburn wrote:king3780 wrote:
Now I'm scared. Very scared.
So how exactly do curves work? I've never took a class where they curved.
I think you might be misunderstanding the "professors don't give out A's" statement. That isn't to say you can't get A's. In fact, you can get A+'s. The way the curve works is the professor will grade the exam and give it a numerical score. Then he has to assign a letter grade to it. Those letter grades have to average to roughly a B (between 2.975 and 3.025 or something like that). In other words, a prof could give half the class A's, but then would have to give half the class C's to balance. Or, a prof could give the whole class B's and would meet the curve. There is no required grade distribution, so profs can adjust grades however they need to in order to keep the curve. So in a class of 70, you might see 4 A's, 6 A-'s, 12 B+'s, 24 B's, 16 B-'s and 8 C+'s.[/quote]
Thanks a lot for that explanation! Makes a lot of sense.
I have another question though. On a 4.0 scale, what does a B-, B, B+, A- and A+ equal? Thanks.[/quote]