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I am just curious whats the largest curve you have ever seen on a test, if you don't mind sharing.
 

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well last semester the first physics (for physical science majors) test had an abysmal average (which i dont remember). what i do remember was that an 18/100 was in the C range
 
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I had an Org Chem II test that was 70+ for an A (A- was a lower designation).

I'm sure there are better out there, but that was pretty sweet for me. :D
 
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I had an organic chemistry test where the average was a 35/150. The test was actually dropped from most people's grades because the professor thought it tested people's emotional stability more than it tested organic chemistry.
 

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I had a friend whose organic class had a test with a 43 being curved to an A.
 

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39%=B+ I thought that was bad...but it looks like there are worse.
 

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Gotta love professors who want to prove that they are smarter than you are by giving the hardest exam ever. :rolleyes:

These kind of averages = FAIL on professor's part IMO.
 

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Gotta love professors who want to prove that they are smarter than you are by giving the hardest exam ever. :rolleyes:

These kind of averages = FAIL on professor's part IMO.

I had heard that the reason for the difficult exam was that the professors were looking for super-geniuses that they could then groom for a career in chemistry academia.
 

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I had heard that the reason for the difficult exam was that the professors were looking for super-geniuses that they could then groom for a career in chemistry academia.
my professor said the same thing (ochem). he also said, if you didnt get a 90% in the class, no LOR. average in the class was mid 30's
 

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This goes way back in high school, but I got a 35 on a AP calculus AB test. Turns out I still made an A for the quarter and the year. He kept the grade, but I knew the average was in the low 50s. Boy did I tank, lol. Oh btw, the high for this impossible test was in the 80s, unbelievable.
 
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On the flip-side, the last exam I got back had a mean score of 52%, which the professor said is higher than usual.

Unfortunately, she always counts the high score as 100% and some a-hole got everything right and found an error in the exam.

This has been going on all semester.

I don't mind though.
 
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Wow, what schools do you guys go to and how the hell do I transfer??

I've had tests curved so 85% somehow equated to a 2.8
Apparently the chem dept. is exempt from University policy...
 

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In one of my upper division physics classes, the mean was around 30/100. Someone got like a 99/100 though. My professor said "If you're the one who got 99/100 you probably don't need to worry about your grade for the rest of the semester".

It wasn't me, unfortunately.

Edit: I think the "curve" turned the mean into a B.
 

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One calc class had around a 40/200 as average on our final, then had a physics II class with a 18/50 as average.
 

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I always find the professors that demean entire classes for doing poorly. If the class is getting 30% on an exam then obviously the professor can't teach or it is a horrible test. Its not like there is not at least 20 people that study for these tests a week in advance. Sometimes these guys are so involved in their stuff they don't realize that the students are just now seeing it for the first time.
 

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Super hard calc test...40 points on a 120 point test was an A-, about 80 was perfect.

Orgo test..160/200 was about 100%
 

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20-30's / 150 (mean) on ochem tests were usual for this one prof. Then, there's always the guy that gets 145+/150, but my prof always used to knock off the outliers. It was pretty hilarious getting tests back with more visible red than paper.
 

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This is ludicrous. All of our exams are written so that they have a 72-75 average, usually with a little (2-5 pts) or no curve at all. Some professors need to get their heads out of the clouds and learn to be humble. You're teaching students, not tearing them apart. Pathetic.
 

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Physics II at my school had averages sitting a little bit below 50% with a standard deviation of about 10%.

I had a teacher back in high school who gave impossibly hard tests (one test per quarter). He said that one time he gave a test where an F was below 0. Everyone loved him though, so it was cool.
 
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This was true for my organic class. Now that I think about it, that was the only class truly fit on a curve. However, this is nowhere near as atrocious as some of these grades.

I admire anyone that did well in some of these situations. I would have felt the possibility of doing welll as abysmal and it would have scuttled my ship quickly.
 

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The curve in my Orgo class is the same way a 55 is a B. a 45 is a C....On every test. :( It really depresses me.
 

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I think the largest curve has been something like f(x)=x^5 on a calc test.

Oh wait, you mean like grades?
 

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differnetial equations class final.

it was 45%+ for an A. there were 4 problems total. If you wanted a C in the class you have to answer partially correct on one of the 4 problems.
 
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in my macromolecular chemistry class final, if you broke double digits you passed. he purposely made a test that even his grad students would fail because the grade distribution was too clumped together. i almost died when i saw i got a 28. couldn't believe that was a B. i think the high grade was 45ish (and this kid was a freak of nature).
 

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differnetial equations class final.

it was 45%+ for an A. there were 4 problems total. If you wanted a C in the class you have to answer partially correct on one of the 4 problems.

I loved my DiffEq prof, who had refused to curve or give partial credit (thankfully the TA did the grading and was much nicer about this). Gave a final so hard that he made it where anyone who scored an 80 or above got an automatic A in the class, regardless of any of their previous grades. Note that this was not a stated nor originally intended policy. The final killed so many grades he gave a few people A's for doing well. Me? I scored a 52 when a 54 would have given me an A in the class.
 

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I loved my DiffEq prof, who had refused to curve or give partial credit (thankfully the TA did the grading and was much nicer about this). Gave a final so hard that he made it where anyone who scored an 80 or above got an automatic A in the class, regardless of any of their previous grades. Note that this was not a stated nor originally intended policy. The final killed so many grades he gave a few people A's for doing well. Me? I scored a 52 when a 54 would have given me an A in the class.

lol, well I liked the my professor and all but he just gave insanly hard tests. If I recall correctly, out of a class of some 150+ students, some 10 people got A's (I was luckily included with my borderline A-). Then he told the class if you got A's in his class then he had a position for you to work with him in the Math department if you wanted to. After his class, I decided that I'm not cut out for the life of a math major, lol.
 

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Well my Chem I professor had a strictly curve for every test...

The curve was:

100-95 A
94-89 B
88-83 C
82-77 D
76-0 F

You guys can imagine how well this class did..... I almost study everyday 2 hours or so to get a B. By the way there were no As on the class and half the class withdrew after the first test. I hope to find a professor who really curves to benefit student NOT to to Fu..... them.
 
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