My class must be bad.

  1. My class must be very bad because a new testing policy has been put into effect. If a student calls in on a test day, there is an automatic 5% deduction off of the final test score. You know, I had to duck my head when that was announced because waaaayyy back in fall quarter, I did skip two test days to take care of personal issues. On a typical test day, there is a larger amount of absences, so actually, I can understand this policy for this quarter. Just sucks if you really are sick. I hope that for future classes, this isn't in effect. Anyone else have a penalty like this if test days are missed.
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   delirium
    In my school, if you aren't there for test day and you have to make it up, they automatically deduct 10 points. That's if you call ahead of time and explain your circumstances.

    If you don't call, you get a zero.
  4. by   Mkue
    10 pts off for missing tests, even if you call ahead. Three college days to make up the test or a zero.
  5. by   MishlB
    I totally agree with the policy of deducting points for missing test day. Many times students are trying to get some info about the test from friends...
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    our policy states you must have a written excuse and you will get a different test to take and this must be within a limited amount of days to do so.

    what bothers me most is those same students who are absent on test days.
  7. by   2banurse
    I totally agree with MishlB and Love-a-Nurse. I think that it is totally unfair for someone who misses a test to not be penalized at least 5 points. I mean a real emergency is one thing, but to buy time, is not right. Especially considering the material to be tested. Besides if you are not studying the material everyday, how much more points do they really think they will gain by studying one more day.

    My A&P instructor told us in the beginning of the semester that if on test day you come in after the first person hands back their test, they cannot take it. And yet, during our last test, that happened and he gave the test to the 2 people anyway. I'm hoping that they had a good excuse, because I feel that instructors also have a responsibility to their students.

    Sorry, this is a pet peeve I have.

    Kris
  8. by   Robin61970
    At my school the policy is....you take the test and if you fail you take the retake. If you fail the retake you are out of the program. If you miss on test day then the retake is the only chance you get to pass the test....if you fail you are out of the program. On the retake the highest grade you can get is a 75. Even if you get a 90....your recorded score is a 75. Only a couple of exceptions have been made....one guy they sent home(he had the flu) and another had a doctors note....
    I failed my first test on Monday and have retake this monday...keep your fingers crossed......
  9. by   Mithrah
    In my patho class if you miss the test, which is multiple choice, you can make it up with an essay test. Not many students prefer essay over multiple choice.
  10. by   delirium
    I can't believe you can *retake* your tests.
    In my program, passing is a 75, but you don't have to score that on each test. Just have that as an average for the course.
  11. by   Ortho_RN
    Originally posted by Robin61970
    At my school the policy is....you take the test and if you fail you take the retake. If you fail the retake you are out of the program. If you miss on test day then the retake is the only chance you get to pass the test....if you fail you are out of the program. On the retake the highest grade you can get is a 75. Even if you get a 90....your recorded score is a 75. Only a couple of exceptions have been made....one guy they sent home(he had the flu) and another had a doctors note....
    I failed my first test on Monday and have retake this monday...keep your fingers crossed......
    It was the FLuids and Electrolytes one wasn't it???
  12. by   Ortho_RN
    Originally posted by delirium
    I can't believe you can *retake* your tests.
    In my program, passing is a 75, but you don't have to score that on each test. Just have that as an average for the course.
    It isn't the same test... It is always a different one, and sometimes they can be harder than the retakes....

    Maintaining a 75 average is EASY... But everyone has a bad test day every now and then and in my program (and Robins) one bad test day can cause you to flunk out, if you fail the retake...
  13. by   Jennerizer
    I would rather have to get a 75 average or higher than be required to pass each & every test (retake) or you are out. That would be nervewracking.

    At my school, your average has to be 78 or higher. If you call the day of an exam & want to take the multiple choice exam, you have to show up for it that day...even if it's after classroom hours & you have to have a good excuse as to why you missed it in the morning. If you can't make it, then it's an essay test & you can pretty much be assured you probably won't pass that test. We rarely have anyone miss class on a test day or any other day for that matter.
  14. by   Disablednurse
    When I was in nursing school, we kept up with our grades and always knew what we could make on a test before taking it. In A & P for the muscle test, we had to ID the various muscles on a dead pickled cat. I had an A average and had figured up I could make a 35 on the test and still pass. I was overjoyed because I made a 65 on it. The highest grade in the class was 75. The teacher thought we had lost our minds. We were cheering over 25s, 35s etc. It was a hoot. I managed to keep my scholarship while taking A&P and was very proud of myself.

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