Bell Curves and Writing

<p>Does anyone know which good/top research/pre-med schools don't count the SAT Writing section? I heard that Chicago and Cornell are two schools that don't count it.</p>

<p>Also Which universities don't grade on bell curves? I heard that duke is one that does while cornell is one that doesnt.</p>

<p>Thanks for any help.</p>

<p>Reed doesn't, but in general I don't think that many schools count it for much yet, it will most likely be a few more years before it is taken as seriously as the other two sections.</p>

<p>I don't know of any universities that grade on a real bell curve across the board (i.e. the same number of students have to finish at the top and bottom of every class). Most universities give professors some discretion in the design and grading of the course, and where the professor does not have discretion, the rules are usually promulgated at the level of the course or department, not at the level of the university. In other words, at some schools, there may be a rule that all introductory chemistry courses must be graded according to such-and-such a formula, but I don't know of any school where professors teaching Physics 101 and professors teaching senior English seminars are required to grade those courses the same way. (Except for schools where none of the courses have grades!)</p>

<p>Hanna is right, in my experience.</p>

<p>I'm not sure where you would find very large science classes that aren't graded on some sort of curve.</p>