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Emergent questions about grades

So.

Grades are in.

Why is it that there are more thirteenth-hour questions than there were eleventh-hour ones?

I mean, I know I try to put students at ease when they needn't be alarmed, just because some of them are very antsy, and some are just a little insecure. Some students should be worried, though! To wit: grad students on the brink of a C or undergrads on the brink of a D or F should hit the books (or come and check on missing homeworks or their absolute standing) before the final. It's easy to say "I didn't see a grade posting, so I just guessed (read: assumed) I was okay"; it's quite another to know you only turned in half the assignments or turned the hour exams in half blank and then count on the curve.

... right?

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Banazir

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banazir
May. 22nd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, but... GRE Subject Tests?
GRE Subject Tests aren't really a hoop, and this is someone who suffered greatly taking them because of my spotty architecture background! I scored 72 %ile the first time and 86 %ile the second, and my friend and colleague John Hatcliff was talking about setting the "pass" level of the Ph.D. prelim at 85%! (But that's for the whole Ph.D. prelim; I'm talking admissions.)

My thinking is that a subject test is a prefilter that saves both the graduate school and the student some time. The student gets sorted into a general quality tier and doesn't suffer and languish in a program where he or she doesn't belong, and there are plenty of second chances - a student can decide his or her background isn't good enough and shore it up.

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Banazir
prolog
May. 22nd, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, yeah, but... GRE Subject Tests?
Do all domestic students have to do them? If such a policy were instituted at Canadian universities, it'd be a pain in the butt, as domestic students here don't write GREs. The only people I've known who wrote them were applying to American universities (coincidentally, both Stanford).

Just so we're in the same ontology, are "prelims" what we refer to as "comprehensives" or "comps"?

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