NOTE: In reporting the averages from the test we drop the lowest scores. This is because 20% (1 out of 5) of all scores will eventually be dropped. In comparing your average with the class average you need to compare with an average which is representative of the final average. Dropping the lowest scores before reporting the average is one way of ESTIMATING the effect of the final drops. These averages are not used in any way in computing the final overall class average. GBA 1st test 108 students took test 1 23 made below 44 85 scored 44 or more for those 85 the average was 69.7 test 1 grades 2nd test 99 students took test 2 20 made below 32 78 scored 32 or more for those 78 the average was 54.1 test 2 grades 3rd test 80 students took test 3 15 made below 37 65 scored 37 or more for those 65 the average was 60.8 test 3 grades 4th test 67 students took test 4 14 made below 36 53 scored 36 or more for those 53 the average was 61.8 test 4 grades 5th test 52 students took test 5 9 made below 48 43 scored 48 or more for those 43 the average was 69.3 test 5 grades Overall Pre-Exam Average 66 students have taken four or more tests and have more than 100 HW points. For these 66 students, the overall averages are test 62.64 (multiply by 0.6 to get # of points) HW 8.78 QUIZ 8.26 ________________________ overall 54.6 points out of 80 possible pre-exam points or 68.3% <-- Pre-Exam Average Assuming an average of 65 on the final, or 13 out of 20 points, results in a predicted overall average of 67.6. With this predicted average a possible breakdown of grades would be: 49.5 - 60.5 D 60.5 - 72.5 C 72.5 - 83.5 B You should figure your pre-exam total then figure how many exam points (out of 20 possible) you need to get the grade that you want. DISCLAIMER: THIS PREDICTED FINAL GRADE SCALE IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE. The true final grade scale ultimately depends on overall class exam performance. Also, the final grade scale will be selected so as to find gaps in the final grade distribution. FINAL EXAM Of the 66 students who had taken four or more tests and had more than 100 HW points, 63 took the final exam. For those 63 students the final exam average is 23.5 out of 40, or 58.8%. FINAL AVERAGE 63 students took 4 or more tests plus the final exam and had more than 100 HW points. for those 63 here are the averages: HW 8.86 (out of 10) quiz 8.34 (out of 10) test 63.64 (multiply by 0.6 to get #points) exam 23.49 (out of 40 - divide by 2 to get #points) overall 67.1 (out of 100) <-- Final Average The final grade scale was selected so as to find gaps in the grade distribution. Here is that final scale: 45.3 - 55.9 D 56.0 - 68.5 C 68.6 - 78.6 B Letter grades were assigned strictly according to this scale. The highest E is 39.9, the lowest D is 45.3; the highest D is 54.8, the lowest C is 56.0; the highest C is 67.7, the lowest B is 68.6; the highest B is 77.1, and the lowest A is 78.7. The smallest gap between levels is 0.9 points between C to B. Be sure to check your TA's computation of your final grade. If you find a significant error, please stop by my office. You should call or email before stopping by to make sure that I will be there. I will be off campus from 12/24/03 - 1/1/04. For information on how to figure your final grade see HOW TO FIGURE YOUR FINAL GRADE. Here is the final grade distribution for the 63 students who took four or more tests plus the final exam, and had at least 100 HW points.

You may also view this column of grades as a text file. 111 grade distribution