# How many As.

#### eli250

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##### How many As.
« on: June 13, 2007, 07:00:08 PM »
On a 3.0 curve, with plus and minus grades, what percentage of students are typically given As?

#### p0six

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 07:18:27 PM »
depends on the school policy and the prof.

#### RobWreck

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007, 06:01:02 AM »
I know that each of the schools I applied to had the breakdown of grades listed in it's student handbook (A = no more than 3%, A- = no more than 7%, C+ = at least 15%, etc...). If you have an idea of how many students are in your class, you should be able to come up with a rough guesstimate about how many A's were awarded.
Rob

#### lawmama09

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007, 06:24:23 AM »
My school's distribution is:

20% - A (can be A+, A, or A-)
45% - B (B+, B, B-)
35% - C+ or lower (they are not obligated to give anything lower than a C+ though)

So in our section of roughly 90 people, there will be 18 As of some type.

#### kilroy55

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2007, 06:37:18 AM »
At my school, it breaks down like this:

Expect 15% A and A-.
Expect 15% C+ and below.
Expect 3-7% D and below.
Half are B+ to B-

Rougly 5 percent fail.

The remaining percentages allow for faculty wiggle room.  And the handbook only states these are "suggested" grading norms, not mandatory.  But in my experience, profs will hand out more Bs and Cs rather than give more As.

#### Alamo79

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007, 08:24:59 AM »
At my school, I'm pretty sure the only requirement of professors is that they give grades that average out to somewhere between 3.1 and 3.3.  That means the school could give 1 A, 1 B- and the rest B+; or give half As and half B- grades.

#### Strong

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2007, 08:46:39 AM »
Out of 60 students we have 2 A's, not sure how many A- grades.

#### TheBlake

##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007, 10:45:57 AM »
At my school (2.67 or B- curve), the only requirement is that the median grade gets a B-. Thus half the class gets a B- or less. Generally, the  breakdown is approximately as follows:

A = 5%
A- = 7%
B+ = 8%
B = 10%
B- = 30%
C+ = 10%
C = 10%
C - or below = 10%

#### unlvcrjchick

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007, 11:14:12 AM »
At my school (2.67 or B- curve), the only requirement is that the median grade gets a B-. Thus half the class gets a B- or less. Generally, the  breakdown is approximately as follows:

A = 5%
A- = 7%
B+ = 8%
B = 10%
B- = 30%
C+ = 10%
C = 10%
C - or below = 10%

This is the exact curve at my school too, with maybe a slight variation in that up to 10% get an A-.  Thus, I don't feel bad when I get a B- on such a tough curve.  You're actually doing quite well if you get strictly straight B's on such a curve.

#### likewise

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##### Re: How many As.
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2007, 12:32:00 PM »
Unless the school has specific guidelines for each grade, professors can do what they'd like to arrive at the suggested mean.  My school has a suggested mean (closely followed) of 2.85, with a second suggestion that not more that 50% of the grades fall between B- and B+.

Well, that mean can be achieved by giving only As and Cs and NO Bs.  I think most profs at my school only give 2 to 4 As for a full secxtion (60 student) class.