I'm in my second-to-last semester of a BSN program at a state university. I've maintained a good GPA and do well on tests and assignments. We have to have a 77 test average in every nursing course to pass the course and move on in the program. This semester, I have a course with a new professor--new to the school and new to teaching, both. We just had our midterm and I got a 78, the highest grade in the class was an 80. Now, this is NOT normal at my school. The vast majority of people in this class failed the test and some may not even be able to recover. These aren't poor students, either (those are long gone at this point!). I'm not normally one to nitpick for points or blame "bad" questions when I do miss things, but this test was awful. I studied fairly hard, because I had no idea what to expect from this professor, but I'd gotten 100% on the previous quiz so I felt confident that I was going to do well. When I opened the test, it was like reading another language, the questions were worded in such a convoluted way (nothing like the quiz), and there are a few that I KNOW had problems with the answer choices.
A few people have already spoken with her, and she basically didn't understand that was needed the 77 average on tests, and she also kept saying she didn't think the test was that hard, which it obviously was because everyone did so badly. I contacted her expressing my major disappointment with my grade but haven't gotten a response yet. My question is, is there any recourse here? Is it worth taking my concerns higher if she doesn't respond? Again, I'm NOT the type of person to argue points when I legitimately just didn't do well, but I think this test had problems beyond being a difficult test.