Exam Grades

In high school, most people are pretty used to the averages for major tests to be somewhere in the 80s, but in college its usually not like that. Freshman year, many classes have average exams grades in the high 70s and low 80s but this year most of the exam averages for the classes I am in are in the 60s and low 70s. It is weird to get used to getting a 65 on a test and realizing you may still be above the average. I am for the most part an A student, but so far this semester I have received 3 exams grades in the 60s and several more in the 70s. Often you get these exams backs and are really disappointed, but then you hear what the average is and realize the class will have a pretty big curve and you’ll actually be in the A or B range. It makes it much more difficult to predict what your final grade will be, but you get used to it pretty quick. Instead of carrying about how high your score is, you have to compare it to the average for the exam which most professors will tell you. Professors make exams very difficult in the engineering school, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for you.

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