Bell curve grading

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: January 2004 Archive: Bell curve grading
By Succor101 (Succor101) on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 08:27 pm: Edit

Is the practice of standardized grade distribution still common in colleges? I don't wanna attend a school with cutthroat competition among students...just wanna learn
I've heard UCLA has widespread bell curve grading

By Succor101 (Succor101) on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 04:09 pm: Edit


By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 10:53 pm: Edit

I think it depends both on the college and on the subject. My engineering and science courses were graded on a strict, harsh curve (1/2 get As and Bs, everyone else gets Cs, Ds, Fs), while my liberal arts courses were not graded on a curve. Some of the curves are really harsh: the specific exams are not curved, but at the end of the year, the cumulative grades are curved. That means that you can't get a C on a test, then a B+, and have some form of B: if your classmates averaged something higher, then you'll wind up with a C or worse.

Now, bell curve grading does not necessarily mean that competition will be cutthroat - my alma mater was wonderful, as people worked together.

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