Exam results on Wednesday

I will return your exams at the beginning of next Wednesday's class (Nov. 27). Your mark on the exam will be a letter grade. 

Here is the way in which we arrive at the letter grade for an exam. First each marker decides on the letter grade appropriate for the question or questions that he or she marked. Suppose for example that I am marking Question 1. I read your answer and decide on a letter grade. On your exam booklet I write down the numeric equivalent in the York grading system for that letter grade. These are as follows:

  • A+   9
  • A     8
  • B+   7
  • B     6
  • C+   5
  • C     4
  • D+   3
  • D     2
  • E     1
  • F     0

Each marker does exactly the same thing for each question. Once all the questions have been marked, we average the marks on the cover. This average could be anywhere between 0.0 at the low end and 9.0 at the high end. We convert this average to a letter grade by means of the same scale essentially. To be specific:

  • 8.5 to 9.0     A+
  • 7.5 to 8.49    A
  • 6.5 to 7.49    B+
  • 5.5 to 6.49    B
  • 4.5 to 5.49    C+
  • 3.5 to 4.49    C
  • 2.5 to 3.49    D+
  • 1.5 to 2.49     D
  • 0.5 to 1.49     E
  • 0.0 to 0.49    F

Many students are inclined to assess their work in terms of some sort of percentage system and are tempted to use the numbers that appear on the exam booklet to calculate some sort of percentage. Do not yield to this temptation. Our system of marking is based on letter grades as described above, and percentages do not enter in to the marking in any way at any point.