How are your grades posted?

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Katie71275

Katie71275

Specializes in L&D. Has 2 years experience. 947 Posts

Our grades are left with the percentage.

So a 92.3 would be just that 92.3. It DOES add up. After the quarter is over, if our grade is a 89.3 that's when the round down or up. so a 92.6 would be a 93A and a 92.4 would be a 92B.

shortnorthstudent

shortnorthstudent

357 Posts

Our grades are listed by the number of points we got. Most of our exams were either 40 or 50 questions, so our grade would be listed as X/40 or X/50. We typically had three exams per quarter plus a final, so our total would be X/160 or X/200. Our syllabus would specify the exact number of points for each letter grade and for passing. For example, an A was 93%-100%, 86-92% was a B and anything less than 76% was failing. It varied by lead instructor on whether a class with 160 points had a cut off of 121 or 122 points for passing, meaning that some instructors rounded and some did not.

We had only exam points as our grade. We had additional work, papers, careplans, etc. which were graded on a pass/fail scoring and you had to pass those in order to pass the class, but there were no "extra" points to be had by doing well on written work.

Stephalump

Stephalump

Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience. 2,723 Posts

I don't recall rounding being an issue for my class; in each core nursing class we had 1000 possible points. Each exam was worth 100 points, the final was 200 points. However, we had to achieve a minimum exam score, meaning our combined average for the tests & quizzes had to be at least 80%, or we would automatically fail. Other points for homework/projects were not even considered if your test and quiz average was below 80%.

Grading scale if you did achieve the 80% test score average was 93-100=A, 86-92=B, 80-85=C, 75-79=D, 74 and under=F.

So what is a 92.5%? That's isn't on the grading scale.

mistydbuffa

mistydbuffa

75 Posts

I'm not sure if the grading policy is the same. But for pre req's we.were rounded up or down. But in our program, it is mandatory to get an 84% or better or you fail out and lose your seat. No makeup, no do over, no crying, just done . Harsh but its reality. That's all.

Eagle2110

Eagle2110, ADN, BSN, CNM

Specializes in Wound Care. Has 5 years experience. 110 Posts

I'm a little jealous of those of you how can pass with at least 75% and those who have grades other than from tests; 80% is passing for us and our only grades are from tests which are 50 questions/ 2pts, except for our final which is 100 questions/ 1pt a piece. But your final grade is rounded, .5 and higher are rounded up. But if for example you have a 79.49, you still fail...ONLY .5 rounds up.

melizerd, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/surg, Onc. 461 Posts

We don't get rounded either. Anything less than 80% is failing. So a 79.999 doesn't pass.

We don't have rounding issues most of the time based on the tests. I only know one person who got a partial point for something weird.

OB-nurse2013, BSN, RN

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 3 years experience. 1,229 Posts

So what is a 92.5%? That's isn't on the grading scale.

For us that would be a 92, no rounding.

studentdrtobe

studentdrtobe

63 Posts

i'm curious

didn't your instructor tell you what the grading policy is for the course? is the policy not readily available in your student handbook, online, class orientation powerpoint, posted on BlackBoard (or similar program)?

I doubt you were unaware of the grading policy...you just don't like it.

My suggestion...quit pestering the instructor because you're going to get a bad reputation and learn to accept the policy that you agreed upon when you took a seat in the program

+1.

Best post of the thread!

~passionateSN~

~passionateSN~

84 Posts

I'm a little jealous of those of you how can pass with at least 75% and those who have grades other than from tests; 80% is passing for us and our only grades are from tests which are 50 questions/ 2pts, except for our final which is 100 questions/ 1pt a piece. But your final grade is rounded, .5 and higher are rounded up. But if for example you have a 79.49, you still fail...ONLY .5 rounds up.

I do not know what I would do if we had to make an 80! usually I average 85 but there are tests that I've made 76! and passing is 75 for us. my nursing teacher said when she was in school it was 70! idk where she went though. Good luck to u!

poog

poog

17 Posts

Looked today there is nothing in grading policy that states that they drop anything after decimal all it says is they don't round up! So that's why I was confused about my grades because all my scantrons have decimal 92.5 90.8 and so on but they go on black board as 92 and 90 and nothing on grading policy said that. If this was money for a job you'd be mad then right?? It'd be like them keeping 90 cents out of check for no reason! I just want all my points posted.

RocketMama2011

RocketMama2011

13 Posts

Our grading policy is similar to most. They do not round for the decimal grades. If you have a 79.99 then your grade is a 79.99 but at the end of the semester for our final grades they will round. So if your final grade was a 86.76= 87=B. I think it's good that they at least round the final grades because I think it's ridiculous to fail over .01 of a point.

Nolli

Nolli

236 Posts

For all of our nursing clinical courses thus far you have to have a 77 to pass and the only rounding done is on final grades. We need a 76.50 technically to pass. The tests and quizzes are setup so you have nice round numbers all the time and you don't lose out on points, but it sucks when you take a quiz and miss two answers and drop a full grade when it is worth 15% of your grade. They do use statistical analysis on every quiz or test and look at the powerpoints etc to see if it was a badly written question or ran contrary to the information we were lectured on and read. If it is found to be poorly written they award the points to those who missed it and picked a viable answer, but were not completely out in left field with answers that didn't even make sense. You just can't count on it to raise your grade, but it does make us feel better.