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Pitt's grading system

kef318kef318 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2011 in University of Pittsburgh
Can anyone provide me with information regarding Pitt 's grading system? I'm looking for number to letter relationships. I know that it's not A, B, C etc. and that they use plus and minus, but I can't find anything specific.
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  • pittsmompittsmom Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
  • kef318kef318 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the reply. I was also looking for the grading scale (93 to 100 is an A, 90 to 92 is an A-). I can't seem to find that anywhere. My hs did 90-100, etc. so Pitt's is different than what I'm used to.
  • pittsmompittsmom Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
    Good question. I looked for that same information and came up empty-handed. Awesome may know the answer to that. My daughter said, that most teachers grade 94 - 100 as an A, but she had a professor last semester who had a slightly different scale. She said that she never really can anticipate her final grade until the grades are posted, especially since you don't know for sure how you scored on the final until after the grades are posted. The transcript doesn't provide a percentage - just a letter grade.
  • MTnestMTnest Posts: 1,786Registered User Senior Member
    Are you talking about how each professor grades? I believe it depends on all the scores in the class. Each professor has an idea of how many A's, B's, C's they want to give out. The Pitt News had an article about how professors compute their final grades (I believe it was last year). Anyways, for each test -- an 80 might be an A or a 60 might be an A -- your grade depends upon how you did compared to the rest of the class.
  • kef318kef318 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    Not referring to a "curve" but more of the translation from percentage to letter (94 to 100 is an A, 90 to 93 is an A-, etc.)

    My goal is to attend dental school and GPA is critical. It doesn't seem fair that schools each have different scales. A 90 at one school might be an A, while a 90 at Pitt is an A-, thereby effecting GPA.
  • MTnestMTnest Posts: 1,786Registered User Senior Member
    Here is Pitt's grading scale w/quality points for your GPA:

    A+ 4.00
    A 4.00
    A- 3.75
    B+ 3.25
    B 3.00
    B- 2.75
    C+ 2.25
    C 2.00
    C- 1.75
    D+ 1.25

    The numbers of A's, B's, C's given out depends upon the professor. The professor also decides what is an A, B or C etc. depending upon the curve (if any).
  • MedSchHopefulMedSchHopeful Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    100-94A+/A
    93-91 A-
    90-88 B+
    87-84 B
    83-81 B-
    80-78 C+
    77-74 C
    73-71 C-
    70-68 D+
    67-64 D
    63-61 D-
    60-0 F

    This is the standard, I think, but it doesn't really matter since professors don't report percentage grades, just the letter grades. Most will say on their syllabus what their scale is and some departments have their own standards. It's very frustrating, IMO.
  • MD MomMD Mom Posts: 6,728Registered User Senior Member
    My goal is to attend dental school and GPA is critical. It doesn't seem fair that schools each have different scales. A 90 at one school might be an A, while a 90 at Pitt is an A-, thereby effecting GPA.

    The plus/minus grading scale does not help the A student, IMO. However, Pitt is not the only school that uses plus/minus.
  • southeastmomsoutheastmom Posts: 312Registered User Member
    My son told me that only 40% of the class get A's and B's. Can anyone confirm this? His Honors Physics teacher told them - for that class it is actually to the students benefit but in others not.
  • MedSchHopefulMedSchHopeful Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    I can't confirm that, but it wouldn't surprise me since most professors/departments that curve grades will curve to a C average.
  • AwesomeOpossumAwesomeOpossum Posts: 1,740Registered User Senior Member
    My son told me that only 40% of the class get A's and B's. Can anyone confirm this? His Honors Physics teacher told them - for that class it is actually to the students benefit but in others not.

    Which class? Most Honors classes hang around the A/B grades for almost all the students (getting a C is hard, as in you have to do be doing poorly). I can't remember the last time I was in a class where only 40% of the students got A/B.
    I can't confirm that, but it wouldn't surprise me since most professors/departments that curve grades will curve to a C average.

    Honors classes curve easier (I know that). And at least from my experience, Engineering classes, especially upper level ones, will curve to a low B or slightly higher. And if everyone in the class is doing well, then obviously the grades won't get curved down.
  • MedSchHopefulMedSchHopeful Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    I'm just a freshman so I obviously haven't taken as many classes as you, but like I said my and my friends profs curve to a C if they curve at all and yes some will curve down/ did curve down to make the average reach their target. Idk how common it is because like I said I've only been at Pitt one semester but it does happen.
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