B+. D-mn. Ours is a 2.8 and goes up to 3.0 after the first year. What really sucks is there are some classes where everyone blew away the midterm. If the final is like that then people with high raw scores will get screwed. Theoretically if the low man has a B+ raw score, he's gonna end up with a D for the final grade. I think they should report raw scores along with the final grades and class rank so people looking at your transcript will get a better idea of your actual performance. Does anyone know what the rationale behind grade curving is?
The 1st reason for the grading curve is to put everyone in different sections on equal footing going into 2L recruiting. Another reason is so students can be compared to their classmates, even if that means some who do very well don't get top grades because others do better.
Reporting raw score on a transcript would not mean anything to potential employers. Every professor has a different scale and a different number of raw points are given. For instance in the 2 classes in which I know what my raw score was lsst year I received 47 in one and 120.8 in the other. The 47 ended up being a slightly higher grade than the 120.5 (both were mid 80s and 7-8 points above our curve). This had to do with what value each professor gave specific things, the number of issues included, and how good the analysis my classmates gave.
I am not even excatly sure what you mean by a B+ raw score. Unless your school is different than any others I have heard of the raw score is just the number of points that someone accumulates on the test and this number is not out of a potential number of points. It is not like every other test you have probably taken where you receive 80/100 possible raw points. If someone receives 80 raw points that is what they receive plain and simple - there is generally no "best" possible score. Sometimes based on depth of analysis or clarity of the answer a professor will give more points than they initially considered for a particular point. The raw scores are then put in order and the curve established.