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Sounds like me! Just got an 87% in A&P on our first test of 3 chapters. I was a little bummed because I felt like I had at least gotten a 90 BUT now I know how the teacher tests so I can feel more confident. 88 is great, congrats!
The first exam is always the toughest. It's still a B, so no worries Do you have a separate lab exam from lecture? I always did way better on the lab portion of the exam than the lectures, so it would average out to an A.
I think that is a good grade for the first test. The first test is always the hardest to prepare for because you don't know the prof's style. Now you can study the way he tests (questions all from lecture or the book or a mixture, focused on details or big picture). Also, look at the percentage of your grade this test is worth (probably 20% or less). There is a very good chance you could get an A in the class!
I know the perfectionist in us can be disappointed with anything less than an A, but try to encourage yourself. The class average when I took A&P was low 70s.
Thanks for all the positive thoughts! I've always been an A student, so I was a little disappointed at first! However, I found out today that I did WAY better than the class average so I'm 100% happy with this grade and will strive to get an A on the next test! Thanks again!
At my school you're exempt from the final if you get either a) a 90 on all 4 lecture exams or b) an average of 92 on all 4 lecture exams. My goal is to always NOT have to take the final so I made sure all my exam grades were 90 or above. So far, I've been exempt from all 4 finals (A&P 1 and 2, Medical Terminology, and Math/Dosage Calculations)....fingers crossed that I'll be exempt from the Microbiology final, too!