excelsior college--minimum grade for exams?

  1. Any excelsior college (regent's) nursing students out there? Can you please fill me in on what exactly is the minimum passing grade for the concepts exams? The website isn't too clear ie., is the grade modified depending on how your peers are doing at the time or is it just a straight 'C' grade to pass? If it is C grade then what do they consider a 'C'--60 %, 55 %?

    Any help would be appreciated...it will really help me pace myself.

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  3. by   PiedPiperRN
    The exams totally baffled me. When you get the results you get a letter grade and a percentage of what questions you got right. (ie, 73% on Oxygenation and 83% on cardiac, or whatever is on the exam...)

    When I took my first exam, they handed me the breakdown sheet and my heart sank because a quick glance showed me that I didn't get higher then 80% in anything, and the average seemed to hover around the low 70%'s. But when I looked to see if I had gotten a C, I was shocked (and happy) to see that I was awarded an 'A'!

    (I actually hid the breakdown sheet from everyone and was terrified for about a week that I would get a call from EC saying that they had made a mistake and were taking back my grade.)

    Another test I scored in the high 80%'s, but was given a 'B'. Go figure. Even factoring experimental questions doesn't explain the disrepency.
  4. by   TashaLPN2006RN2012
    i thought it was based on the percent of each section...like if there are 5 sections on a test and each are weighed differently and the first section is worth 10% well if you got all of those right but the next four sections are worth 80% of your total score and you didnt do too well on those then you could potentially fail it right???
  5. by   PiedPiperRN
    Nope. Applying the percentage to the weight of each section does not give you a grade. For me, I got an 'A' in one exam that I got about 79% and a 'B' in an exam that I got 82% in. Go figure.

    I think that it has to do with a mixture of how hard the questions are, experimental questions, and other factors.

    The short answer is that it is really not possible to say what grade is a passing grade. Someone else might be able to shine some light on this... Sorry!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    As long as your overall grade is a C or better, you pass. That's about as much as any EC student or grad can tell you! The rest is as vegastar says -- the questions are weighted, some don't count, and it's nearly impossible to make sense of the breakdown page.
  7. by   Conqueror+
    A C is passing but I STRONGLY suggest that you prepare and do your best on every exam. The bare minimum will come back to bite you when its time for the CPNE and NCLEX
  8. by   SweettartRN
    I'm glad someone brought this up.
    I too, have found it to be extremely confusing, and more than a little terrifying that they don't tell you how you got to the grade that you do.
    Normally it's a straightforward, you got 23 our of 200 questions wrong, and your grade is this.
    With Excelsior, it's not like that at all, which I find to be a bit hard to swallow at times.
    A percentage of where you went wrong, is hardly help to determine where you need to study.
    I would really like for them to release the formula that they use to determine grades. It would help a lot.
  9. by   Pixie.RN
    There is a Technical Handbook that explains the grading methodology:


    I think you have to be signed in to view it, but it does explain the grading methodology. The EC exams aren't that different from the NCLEX -- I have to say that the NCLEX felt like another EC exam, but without being able to know my grade for a couple of days!
  10. by   acelawler
    The results are "curved" according to what students at incampus colleges scored. I too was baffled by my test grades, sometimes a 86 was an A, sometimes a B.