Mar 20, 2006 at 7:10 PM Thread Starter

#### MuZI

The U of A has a grading system where if you get a 90-100% (A), 80-89(B), 70-79 (C).. etc. There is no such thing as a B+ or B-, just a B. So if you had all classes with a B+ you still get 3.0/4.0 GPA.

Do most colleges do this?

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:17 PM

#### Linda513

My son's high school does this and the result is that my son does the minimum needed - just enough to cross that line from 79 to 80.

When I went to college (eons ago) it was the same.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:19 PM

#### sjt78

No. I think most colleges include a minus grade as well (A-, B-, C-...). So an A- is worth less than an A, but more than a B+/B. I went to a small catholic college where we didn't have minus grades, but we did have plus grades. This was a great system as the professor would really need to consider the grade he/she gave as it mad a big difference in the GPA. So an A=4.0, B+=3.5, B=3.0, C+=2.5, etc. But I do believe most schools use the minus in their grading and it actually stands for something. It sucks that you can get B+'s and they only count for a 3.0. Sorry.
-Steve

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:28 PM

#### MuZI

Quote:

 Originally Posted by sjt78 No. I think most colleges include a minus grade as well (A-, B-, C-...). So an A- is worth less than an A, but more than a B+/B. I went to a small catholic college where we didn't have minus grades, but we did have plus grades. This was a great system as the professor would really need to consider the grade he/she gave as it mad a big difference in the GPA. So an A=4.0, B+=3.5, B=3.0, C+=2.5, etc. But I do believe most schools use the minus in their grading and it actually stands for something. It sucks that you can get B+'s and they only count for a 3.0. Sorry. -Steve

My GPA would be quite higher if we had - and + in our grading system.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:40 PM

#### Teerawit

We currently have that system right now.

But we are going to the +/- system next year.

I prefer the current system. I don't want to get a 3.7 for an A-; I want to get a 4.0 for it.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:42 PM

#### MuZI

Quote:

 Originally Posted by Teerawit We currently have that system right now. But we are going to the +/- system next year. I prefer the current system. I don't want to get a 3.7 for an A-; I want to get a 4.0 for it.

Wouldn't a 3.7 be B+?

Like in high school when you get a A no matter if it was 90-100%

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:46 PM

#### Teerawit

Quote:

 Originally Posted by MuZI Wouldn't a 3.7 be B+? Like in high school when you get a A no matter if it was 90-100%

Nope.

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:47 PM

#### granodemostasa

I don't think it's a like a B+, i have a 3.8 average and by far most of my grades have been As not B+s. but maybe Cal is different.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:49 PM

#### Coltrane

My college only gave 3.7, 2.2 etc grades. So to get a 4.0 was virtually impossible. You had to get about 99% for a 4.0. The system helps some and hurts others. I would have had alot higher gps because most of my classes were 3.5-7. Which translates to about a 94% avg, which would get me 4.0s at most schools. Even though it hurt me, that was a much better system, and it more clearly differentiates between 94% students and a 100% students.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:52 PM

#### zotjen

In my college we did have plus grades but no minuses. I think the only time the grading is not fair is for the A+ students. For example, A student with an 89 average will receive a 3.5 but someone with a 99 average would receive a 4.0, the same as someone with a 91 average.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:52 PM

#### JahJahBinks

Our college had 4.0, 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0, F is 0.0, so if your final grade is 100, you will get 4.0, if your find grade is 90, you will also get 4.0, but (assuming there is no curve) if your grade is 89, you will get 3.0, which is a significant reduction to your overall GPA. Tough life, get use to it.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:53 PM

#### Teerawit

Quote:

 Originally Posted by Coltrane My college only gave 3.7, 2.2 etc grades. So to get a 4.0 was virtually impossible. You had to get about 99% for a 4.0. The system helps some and hurts others. I would have had alot higher gps because most of my classes were 3.5-7. Which translates to about a 94% avg, which would get me 4.0s at most schools. Even though it hurt me, that was a much better system, and it more clearly differentiates between 94% students and a 100% students.

At my school, a 93+ will be considered an A (4.0) and a 90-92 an A- (3.7). I just wish this system didn't penalize A students for getting an A.

Mar 20, 2006 at 7:55 PM

#### Teerawit

Quote:

 Originally Posted by JahJahBinks Our college had 4.0, 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0, F is 0.0, so if your final grade is 100, you will get 4.0, if your find grade is 90, you will also get 4.0, but (assuming there is no curve) if your grade is 89, you will get 3.0, which is a significant reduction to your overall GPA. Tough life, get use to it.

I actually like this system more. Next year we are instituting the +/- system, which I won't enjoy. Good thing I'm graduating in a year and won't have to deal with it much.

Mar 20, 2006 at 8:43 PM

#### JahJahBinks

Quote:

 Originally Posted by Teerawit I actually like this system more. Next year we are instituting the +/- system, which I won't enjoy. Good thing I'm graduating in a year and won't have to deal with it much.

I had a couple of "close calls" in this system more than "97+ or higher", so this system benefited more to me.

Mar 20, 2006 at 9:11 PM