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What are considered to be 'good grades'?

HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Posts: 1,577Registered User Senior Member
edited March 2011 in High School Life
I always hear about the necessity of 'good grades' as the number one prerequisite to admission at any college, especially the Ivy League and top 25 schools. But what really are good grades?

For some, getting an 88+ is pretty good. For others, a 97, one point short of an A+, is death. I always keep hearing about the importance of good grades, and this year, my grades are kinda slumping (went from having all A's to grades in the mid-to-high 80's in 3 of my majors).
But the question remains, what are good grades? Anything above an 80? 85? 90? 95? Only 98-100's?! I'm really referring to the top 30 schools in general with this (not just HYPS or something).

Although I'm kind of expecting the usual CC 'anything under an A+/A is horrible' thing with this thread...
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Replies to: What are considered to be 'good grades'?

  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    Good grades are what you get when you put forth your best reasonable effort to doing well in the class and learning the material.

    What is good for one person may not be good for another. This is a value judgement; I don't speak for colleges and no one else here can offer you more than a guess.
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Posts: 1,521Registered User Senior Member
    I laugh at grades; grades merely measure your ability to finish assignments on time and being able to get less questions wrong on the test. The true measure of intelligence is how well you can apply that knowledge to the real world; if you just know equations and formulas, you are useless.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Posts: 2,876Registered User Senior Member
    For top 30 colleges, I think that having A's and A+'s is considered to be good grades.

    For most people, I think having A's and B's are good grades.

    For my family in general, having a C or D is considered to be good. Most don't graduate high school, let alone do well in school.

    It's pretty subjective.
  • pakipowerpakipower Posts: 585Registered User Member
    anything under an A+/A is horrible

    if you already knew the answer, why'd you ask?
  • Daxlo5Daxlo5 Posts: 1,357- Junior Member
    Anything that's > A- is good to me.
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Posts: 1,577Registered User Senior Member
    I laugh at grades; grades merely measure your ability to finish assignments on time and being able to get less questions wrong on the test. The true measure of intelligence is how well you can apply that knowledge to the real world; if you just know equations and formulas, you are useless.

    That's what I believe as well. But still, I don't think saying 'I think grades are a poor representation of a person's intelligence' is a viable excuse to not get good grades.
    AUGirl wrote:
    It's pretty subjective.

    Exactly. There are two teachers in my school for Algebra II/Trig Hon. One of them (mine), is a great but very difficult teacher. Most people think he's weird and whatnot, and most people also do poorly in his class. Those that learn from his class, end up in AP Calc AB/BC and/or some sort of other college math in high school. The other teacher is ridiculously easy, beyond belief almost. My class is 5 chapters ahead of that teacher's class, and cheating is widespread in that class (my friend says that a few main people take turns actually studying for the test, and everyone else just cheats off him/her).
    So I may bust my bum for a 90 (I AM busting my bum for a 90), while someone in the other class can pull off a 95 easy while having a basic free period.


    Anyone else?
  • mwh015mwh015 Posts: 41Registered User New Member
    anything that makes you look better than your older siblings.
  • Daxlo5Daxlo5 Posts: 1,357- Junior Member
    ^^ That happened to me in biology, and AP human.
  • toxic93toxic93 Posts: 2,684Registered User Senior Member
    Anything below a 97 is horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE!
  • MIThopeful16MIThopeful16 Posts: 7,539Registered User Junior Member
    Anything less than a 100 is a failure.
  • cjgonecjgone Posts: 1,520- Senior Member
    All 'A's no matter the class. An 'A' in art looks better to a college than a 'B+' in a difficult class. Don't bother taking difficult classes, learn from me.
  • quomodoquomodo Posts: 2,467Registered User Senior Member
    HONORLIONS, same thing happened to me in pre-calc. But now here I am kicking AP Calc BC's butt while the kids who had the easy precalc teachers are struggling/dropped down to AB. It's sort of frustrating though.

    I'm lucky because at my school we don't have +/-s on our report cards. So an A-=A=A+, B- = B = B+, etc. Takes a lot of the pressure off b/c you just need that 89.5% for an A, which is 4.00.
  • jazzparkjazzpark Posts: 376Registered User Junior Member
    Mostly A's with a possible sprinkle of a few B's. Seriously.
  • SaugusSaugus Posts: 3,881Registered User Senior Member
    Very simple for me.

    90 and above = Good
    80-89 = Bad

    Less than 80= ****
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Posts: 1,577Registered User Senior Member
    cjgone wrote:
    All 'A's no matter the class. An 'A' in art looks better to a college than a 'B+' in a difficult class. Don't bother taking difficult classes, learn from me.

    I seriously doubt this is true. A B+ in an AP/Honor's class still requires a fair amount of work. I slept through a mandatory regular class and got a 97 (asked for EC and pulled it up to a 98).
    HONORLIONS, same thing happened to me in pre-calc. But now here I am kicking AP Calc BC's butt while the kids who had the easy precalc teachers are struggling/dropped down to AB. It's sort of frustrating though.

    Yeah, this is what I presume as well. But our pre-calc teacher teaches ALL pre-calc classes, so regardless, we're all going to get the same, really lousy, lazy, and non-teaching, teacher before AP Calc.
    90 and above = Good
    80-89 = Bad

    Uggh... this year I fail to follow this standard, have a couple grades in the 80s..
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