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Grading [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 23:01
Hey, I'm sure I should have known this last year but it didn't occur to me. Georgetown grades on a strict curve, course means cannot be above a 3.3. Is this true for other top schools? The implication of this, in practice, is that it's basically impossible to get a grade above an A- for a course. Just wondering, also any of the guys who are out, if this is unusual, how do I convey this information to firms for recruiting purposes?
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Re: Grading [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2009, 10:42
Pretty sure it's like that at most credible schools, otherwise grades would be meaningless? I kind of have to chuckle that this is surprising. Frankly, a B+ mean is pretty high.

IIRC, Wharton policy is that the mean can't be higher than a B+, but the professor sets it where they want it at or below that cap.

The grading mechanism itself isn't much of an issue -- it's all relative. I never know what my grades specifically are along the way because it's all curved and point values for exams and papers are all over the place. You just do the work, try to gauge your marks in terms of % distribution and shoot for the top 10%.
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Re: Grading [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2009, 14:58
I wasn't so much surprised that there was some kind of system in place. I was more surprised that people seemed to be saying this was somehow different from other schools. Our policy is the same as what you described for Wharton. If everyone sucks, the curve obviously gets set lower.
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Re: Grading [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2010, 15:37
Many MBA programs have grade non-disclosure, so as long as you don't fail, your grades shouldn't matter.
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