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 07-11-2005, 06:23 AM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 296 Grading sys. @ UW? So there're + and - 's for every letter grade except F? And it's 4.00, 3,67, 3,33, 3.00,....,0, dividing every 1.0 interval into three? Reply
 07-11-2005, 10:33 AM #2 Member   Join Date: May 2005 Posts: 352 I think it just goes A, AB, B, BC, C, etc. There are no A pluses or minuses awarded as final grades (though a few teachers may employ this notation for individual assignments within their own class). I also don't think there is any intermediate grade just above failing (that would be a DF); I think it just goes D, then fail (might be wrong about that one). Reply
 07-11-2005, 11:27 AM #3 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 296 So if A is a 4.0, then what is an AB? Is B still 3.0? And so on? Reply
 07-11-2005, 12:05 PM #4 Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2004 Location: Seattle, Lynchburg, VA Posts: 16,560 AB is a 3.5, BC is 2.5. There is no CD. Reply
 07-25-2005, 07:09 AM #6 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 296 What is the % range for each, then? Reply
 07-25-2005, 10:16 AM #7 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2005 Posts: 72 The percent range is really up to the professors/tas. A lot of classes are heavily curved as well, so you really don't know what the system will be. For the classes I've taken, the TA's or prof normally tell the class toward the end of the semester what grade a certain percentage will receive... they also tend to do this when we receive exams. In my past classes, generally,: A 92-100 AB 88(87)-91 B 82-87 BC 78-81 C 70-77 D 60-70 F Below 60 Basically, in regards to AB's and BC's, they just cover what would typically be a + or a - sign at other schools, and there really is no set, school-wide percentage for each grade. Most tend to fall within a percentage of each other, but remember it's UW and things are heavily curved so you never know what will happen. Additionally, if you get on a TA's good side you can get an A even with an 87 percentage even if that rule does not pertain to the rest of the class. The rules pertaining to these letters/numbers are rather broad Reply
 07-26-2005, 01:35 AM #8 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 296 thanks for the info Since a lot of UW courses are curved, you can't say for sure that A(4.0), A-(3.67), B+(3.3),....system is better or worse than the UW grading scale? Reply
 07-26-2005, 10:35 AM #9 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2005 Posts: 72 I don't really think it makes that big of a difference. I think it really just depends. If you want a high GPA then the A, AB system isn't the problem as much as if there is grade deflation. I've taken philosophy courses where more than half the class receives an A or an AB (a 4.0 or 3.5) and I've been in math classes (Math 222, in particular) where very few students received A's and AB's but there was a rather large range of B's, BC's, and C's. I don't think the grading system has much influence unless someone has really bad luck and continually gets 88's and is stuck with B+'s at regular schools whereas at UW it counts as a 3.5 (an AB). However, at the same time a 91 is deflated from maybe a 3.7 at another school to a 3.5. But it's pretty hard to predict what you'll receive in any particular class considering the grades in every department range incredibly. I think average department GPA's range from a 2.9 to a 3.7. It all comes down to your major. Reply

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