Can someone please explain a grade curve?? - page 2

I have no idea what this is, and from the sounds of it, I may not want to know! Are students not given the grade they actually earn? Is this standard practice in university? Please explain!... Read More

  1. by   JennInColumbus
    There is no curve in my nursing school... there may occasionally be a question thrown out due to ambiguity but no curve anywhere at any time.

    Now when I was doing my undergrad degree in economics I had this truly dreadful teacher... didn't teach well and didn't test on what he did teach. I was terrified going into the final. My 46% for the entire class became an A after the curve and if memory serves a 28% overall was passing. Exactly the kind of class a curve was meant for because not a single person would have passed without one.

    Hope this helps.
  2. by   FutureNurse2005
    thank you for all your replies!
  3. by   nekhismom
    My fundamentals teacher HAD to use a curve because her questions on her tests were not from the chapters that the syllabus (a binding contract between the prof. and the students at my school) said the test would cover. We often got 20% of the test thrown out! That class was a farce, by far. I did MUCH better when I skipped her class and read the book on my own than when I listened to her lectures. Everything she said was untrue.

    After fundamentals, a curve was unheard of. Oh, except for professionalism, which no one ever fails, so i think all the tests and quizzes were curved.
  4. by   nurseshawna
    I guess what I want to know is, does it mean that x number of people get A's, x number of people get B's, x number of people get C's?
    i had a psych class like this, bummer