Grading issues (transforming from letters to percentage and vice versa).

1. Sep 11, 2008

MathematicalPhysicist

In the states if I'm not mistaken:
95-100:A+
90-94:A
85-89:B+
80-84:B
75-79:C+
70-74:C
65-69:D+
60-64:D
below that you get F.

Is this correct?

Anyone knows how it goes with colleges and univs at Great Britain?

2. Sep 11, 2008

tmc

3. Sep 11, 2008

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
It's a rough rule of thumb, but instructors don't have to follow that scheme. Some schools allow for minus grades (i.e., A-). Some stretch the B and C range so that failing is below 50%. Some condense the range so failing is below a 70%. And in things like professional programs, students need to get a 70% or above in their courses to advance in the program, so even though we still break down lower grades into Ds and Fs, it's pretty irrelevant since neither allows them to pass to the next level.

4. Sep 11, 2008

Archduke

Woah! I'm so glad I'm in the U.K.; a fail is below 40%, and for a first class (read A) grade, you need to get only 70% or above. :tongue:

5. Sep 11, 2008

Monocles

In the US (probably elsewhere too, I don't know) many classes are graded on a curve. This just means that the worse case scenario is a 90 = A. If its curved then the grade that people get is based off of the average grade in the class... At my school, the average in a class is usually somewhere between 60 and 75, so an A will usually be around 80-85.

6. Sep 11, 2008

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
To be honest, the numbers don't mean much anyway. Every instructor has a sense of what material they expect students to know to pass their class and what level they need to understand to excel in their class, so give assignments and write exam questions at an appropriate difficulty level to fit their grading schema, or else they don't put much effort into the questions at all and just scale up the grades when students miss most of them so some reasonable percentage of the class passes.

I've taken classes where a 30% was a B and 15% was still passing. (Talk about exam stress!) Though, that was also one of the worst examples I've ever seen of a poorly written test. The questions seemed pulled out of thin air...topics not covered in either the lecture or the textbook (the lecture and textbook never matched either...it was as if the professor picked a random book and assigned chapters but never bothered to see what they included).

7. Sep 11, 2008

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Firstly, note that university and college are strictly different things in the UK: I presume you mean university. If so, there is no such thing as lettered grades in (most) universities in the UK: everything is done by % with, as mentioned above, a 70% average mark being the requirement for the highest class of degree (first class).

8. Sep 12, 2008

MathematicalPhysicist

cristo, for example in cambridge's part 3 I've read that they have another marking system, of alpha's,beta's etc with distinction or merit.

9. Sep 12, 2008

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Yeah, note that I said 'most' above! I've also heard that Cambridge mark Part III modules from alpha+ to gamma-. I don't really know anything about that, though, so it's probably best someone else answer. In general, however, lettered grades don't exist in English universities.

10. Sep 12, 2008

xmavidis

Is there a rule on how to convert percentage to 1-4 grading system?