Hello, I saw this question on another board and I was wondering if I could get some input here. Thanks in advance. Let's say you're the professor in a class and you will throw out test questions if more than 50% of the class answers the question incorrectly. Which scenario would you use to calculate the new grade?Test was 50 questions, each question worth two points. Five of the questions were thrown out.Option 1: Give everyone 10 points.Pros - everyone gets credit for the missed questions regardless if they missed the questions or not (grade cannot exceed 100)Cons - could inflate grades, double points to those who got the questions right.Option 2: Give points based on if you got the question wrong. Pros - if you answered incorrectly, you could get up to 10 points.Cons - if you answered correctly, you get nothing even though you understood the question and possibly answered other questions wrong.Option 3: Throw out the questions and grade the exam out of 45 questions making each question worth 2.22 points.Pros - if you got the questions wrong, your grade would go up (say you missed 10 questions total, including the 5 thrown out. Your original grade would have been an 80, your new grade is now an 88.88)Cons - if you got those questions right and missed 10, your grade would go from an 80 to a 77.777.Is there another scenario that is not listed?What do you think is the most fair to all students?
Nov 21, '12
by Stephalump, RN
My professors have never actually thrown a question out. Every test they do decide to accept a couple extra answers for a question or two, and once they did accept all answers to a question, but it doesn't change the scale. Frankly I'd be infuriated if my score went down because a question I answered correctly was thrown out - my grade shouldn't go down.
Of course, we do get our results immediately and then get grade adjustments later, so it would be a bigger deal than if it was all done at once.
Last edit by Stephalump on Nov 21, '12