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My teacher is giving the whole class a B or below

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Replies to: My teacher is giving the whole class a B or below

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,007 Super Moderator
    college grades are much more based on exams - typically 15% for each of 4 exams, 25% for the final, and 15% for homework/other.
    Obviously this varies by college, but for many, there is a final and one or 2 midterms; 4 is a rarity.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 26,266 Senior Member
    Obviously this varies by college, but for many, there is a final and one or 2 midterms; 4 is a rarity.

    Also depends on the college calendar: quarter or semester.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    One more thing about grading. To get a 5 on AP Bio, you generally score roughly 70%. So the instructor’s scoring is in line with what is expected in a college science course.

    My son said that an 80-85% was good enough for an A in Biology 2 class in college. Anyone who got over 90% was pretty much considered a genius. And there were plenty of 70% grades that were normalized to a B.

  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 2,037 Senior Member
    My kid took AP Bio in high school, knowing he probably will not get an A, because I told my kid to take it to see if he likes biology. I think it's important to try different classes to see if you like certain area. He got B+. One or two B+s didn't hurt his getting into Stanford REA.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    edited April 16
    My kid couldn’t get an A in AP Biology (highest grade he got was B+) although he got a 5 on the AP test and a 790 on the Subject test. Son’s school was well known for tough graders in AP science classes where students who got Cs in class would easily get an A on the AP tests. Supposedly the AP Chemistry Class was graded where a 75% was an A although most students got barely over 60%.

    Interestingly enough his AP Biology teacher wrote his college recommendation. And he’s a Biology major at WashU and getting mostly As in his classes. He felt well prepared by how tough he was graded in high school. The OP shouldn’t worry for now-I have a feeling that he/she will do fine on the AP test.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    ^meant to that students who got Cs would easily get a 5 on AP tests.
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