Does your school curve your test score

  1. Does your nursing school curve the exams. Or your grade is final?
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  3. by   AuntieRN
    Ours sure didn't with the exception of our Psych professor. Who, herself would tell you she did not expect anyone to actually pass her exams or class on their own without her help. So I would ask after every exam why bother giving that particular exam if you do not expect anyone to pass it. She would just laugh at me. She was a neat professor though.
    Last edit by AuntieRN on Oct 31, '06 : Reason: wording
  4. by   WDWpixieRN
    Absolutely not.

    And I think it's hurting some of the students who got that curve while taking prereqs. We've lost a number of students in our program due to poor test scores.
  5. by   Achoo!
    Nope, even when the class average was an F.
  6. by   slou!
    Nope, with the exception of one prof. I did well on the test without the curve, which is good. I agree, if professors are constantly giving our curves, then you are getting good grades but not earning them education-wise. It is only going to get harder as you go on, so it wouldn't make sense to give out curves and then rely on curves, especially when in my school, it is very rare than a prof. will give them!
  7. by   moongirl
    absoultely not. Passing is 75% if you have a 74.8 you fail
  8. by   Tweety
    No curves. But if enough people bomb or miss particular questions they take a look at it. I've recently had a patho. grade rise 10 points, because so many people missed the same questions they realized perhaps the questions weren't good ones.
  9. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Quote from moongirl
    absoultely not. Passing is 75% if you have a 74.8 you fail
    wow! our tests are never curved, but our test grades are averaged at the end of the semester and at least ROUNDED!

    And our professors are like Tweety described; if enough people miss a particular question, they review that question and decide if the question was a good one. They also allow the students to challenge questions during test review, and if those challenges come in WITH VALID SOURCES, then additional questions may be nullified or multiple answers accepted on a particular question.
  10. by   Deliasgone
    No curves. Passing is a 78% and if you have a 77.9% it is still a 77.9%. The instructors said that it was a mandate that was beyond the school. I don't know if that is true or not but it certainly mollified the class.
  11. by   Little Panda RN
    When I was in nursing school you had to have an 80% to pass. No curves, no rounding. It really sucked when you were only .1 away from the grade you wanted. I graduated with academic excellence and missed highest honors by .2, (I felt that one, but I got over it ).
  12. by   richardjboro1
    Ours is similar to the above poster, at the end of the term, they round the scores, but each individual test, you get a .00 something. Like 85.45.


    Richard
  13. by   texas2007
    Well, I've definately walked out of a few tests thinking I didn't do so hot and then get a better than expected test score back. Happens to others as well. Nobody really knows if we just aren't confident in our critical thinking skills (sorta like how a lot of people think they fail the NCLEX and then find out they passed) or if they did curve it.
  14. by   Daggummit!
    We don't get any kind of curve on our exams, but my school has a mandatory test review after each exam where you can fill out a formal complaint about questions you thought were ambigous or flat out wrong. On freakishly rare occaisions the faculty will actually agree and give points back.

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