Thank you all for your replies. At my school a 94-100 is an "A" and you have to have an 80 average on all tests before any of the other paperwork will be averaged in. In other words, you may have excellant grades on case studies, or a research paper, but those grades will not be used to help pull up your test grades, and if you have an 79.9, you are out.
I don't have too much of a problem with that, but what does bother me is the different grading scales at different schools. I just recently graduated from a community college, and the nursing program had their own grading system. Many of my prerequisite classes also had their own scales. For some, an "A" could start at 90, or 92. My psych instructor used her own point system, and when it came down to my final exam I had a "B". When i figured up the points, if I made a 100 on the exam, I would still end up with a "B", and if I made a "0" on the exam, I would still end up with a "B". Just didn't seem fair to me, plus where was the incentive to even take the test!
As you all know, grades are what make your GPA. So lets say I typically average a 92 in all may classes. At my school that is a "B", so my GPA will be somewhere around 3.8. Another student in other college also averages a 92 in all classes, and ends up with a GPA of 4.0 because a 92 in her classes is an "A". Does this seem fair? If we both were to apply to a University to further our education, or apply for the same job, and each of these situations came down to who had the best GPA, who do you think would come out the winner, even though we both had the same average in each class? This also happens in high schools across the nation, and it just doesn't seem fair to me. Can anyone give me some insight into this? Am I missing something here? Shouldn't there be a universal grading system across the country? Thank you. B