(Closed) Pros and Cons to the + and – grading system

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I also dislike it more than I like it. It isn’t fair that you can get an A-, but not an A+! And a B- can kill your gpa! It isn’t even a 3.0.

Post # 4
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It’s annoying because if you get an A- it brings your GPA down. Wth. haha. I’m a compulsive 4.0-er

Post # 5
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I also dislike it, I think more arbitrary decisions get made. Really, how can a professor consistently say what is an A vs. an A-, especially on a curve? Whereas I feel like the A/B distinction is a lot easier to make. 

Post # 6
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like it, it’s a lot more specific and accurate.

Post # 7
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That is what we used in high school, there was a percentage system that went along with it and told you where you stood.  DSS has a system that their HS is using that even the teachers don’t understand, so I would rather use something that is understandable and tried&true than some of the other jacked up systems that they are coming out with.

Post # 9
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I dislike it, because it’s not the same at all schools.

At my school, A- was a 3.67 but at my sister’s school it was a 3.75. It’s not really fair that we can both get a 92/100 and she has a higher grade than me!

Post # 10
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Eh, maybe I don’t care because my GPA is never that great anyways? I know most places that hire you couldn’t care less what your GPA is, as long as you graduated.

Post # 11
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I can’t decide how I feel. It is kind of lame to me that in a class if I make a 99% or a 89.5% I get the same A, but then at the same time, I love it when I get a 3.00 for my GPA when I made a 79.5%, which I totally did in one of my classes this semester. 

Post # 12
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have a completely different system… A, AB, B, BC, C, and F. The AB covers A- and B+… I’m not sure I like it, because a 92 is an AB, not an A… and in one class I took, I got a 94 on a paper. I went to the Prof to ask what I can do better, since I got only positive comments. He said it was the best grade he’s ever given a paper but he doesn’t believe in perfect papers… so I can BARELY make an A even with the best paper? It sucks.

Post # 15
338 posts
Helper bee

I’ve never really understood the point 4.0 grading system, because it’s too vague.  I haven’t heard anybody whose high school did that here; we all got percentages and your average was extremely specific (ex. 87.4%).  As for universities, mine has a 12-point grading system, with an A+ as 12 and a D- as 1.

Frankly, I like it.  If you have an A- your grades aren’t perfect so I don’t think you should have a 4.0.  This just makes sense to me.  But maybe I’m a youngin’, because I remember +s and -s since I was in Grade 1.

Post # 16
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly – I think it all comes out in the wash either way.

My college had a straight A, B, C grading system (not + and -) and while I made mostly As and a few Bs, some of those As would have been A- in a +/- system and the Bs would have all been B+.

So I would have gotten a slightly lower GPA for the As that would have been A- and a slightly higher GPA for the Bs that would have been B+.  So ultimately I think it ends up averaging out about the same.

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