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Marking Systems in Uni?

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Hey guys! :)

I've been hearing about marking schemes like bell-curving...can anyone explain to me what exactly happens in that?

And are there any other marking schemes I should watch out for in uni?

Thanks! :)
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A photo of JNBirDy JNBirDy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_curve_grading

Essentially they boost everybody's mark so that they have a specific class average... The lower your mark before the bell curve the more it will benefit you. If you have a 95% before bell curve it really isn't going to help you at all.

The only class that I had bell curve me in first year was first semester 'Physics for the Life Sciences'.
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Alright thanks! :)
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You don't need to be concerned about the bell curve at Western. Not common at all.

Bell curving isn't as mathematical as the name suggests. In a class of, say, 100 people. The three or so people with the highest marks at the end of the class are going to end up with A+, regardless of their percentage mark (be it 97% or 57%). The eight or so people with next highest marks are going to end up with an A in the class, again regardless of percentage mark. And it keeps going...

No other schemes that I can think of.
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Ok thanks alot! :)
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@mynameismattgotmlgo wrote
You don't need to be concerned about the bell curve at Western. Not common at all.

Bell curving isn't as mathematical as the name suggests. In a class of, say, 100 people. The three or so people with the highest marks at the end of the class are going to end up with A+, regardless of their percentage mark (be it 97% or 57%). The eight or so people with next highest marks are going to end up with an A in the class, again regardless of percentage mark. And it keeps going...

No other schemes that I can think of.



WOW, really? thats an interesting way to mark...quite fair, especially if the course is difficult for everybody!
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@Emaad13 wrote

@mynameismattgotmlgo wrote
You don't need to be concerned about the bell curve at Western. Not common at all.

Bell curving isn't as mathematical as the name suggests. In a class of, say, 100 people. The three or so people with the highest marks at the end of the class are going to end up with A+, regardless of their percentage mark (be it 97% or 57%). The eight or so people with next highest marks are going to end up with an A in the class, again regardless of percentage mark. And it keeps going...

No other schemes that I can think of.



WOW, really? thats an interesting way to mark...quite fair, especially if the course is difficult for everybody!



Yeah, but not when you're on the wrong end of the bell. Its fairness is pretty situational to be honest. And remember, our good friends at UofT get belled DOWN.
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@SUMmer123456 wrote
Its fairness is pretty situational to be honest.



Bingo. It's good because your mark in a class shows how you compare with your peers, but it can also be bad for that reason. If your classmates are top-notch, then getting a B (i.e. average) means you're an average top-notch student. A B grade, however, usually means you're an average student, and that's how most people (employers, grad schools, professional schools) will interpret your B grade, as they don't know the calibre of your classmates. When your mark is a comparison of your performance to that of your classmates, you really have to know the strength of your classmates. Unfortunately, that's not so easy to do.
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@SUMmer123456 wrote

@Emaad13 wrote

@mynameismattgotmlgo wrote
You don't need to be concerned about the bell curve at Western. Not common at all.

Bell curving isn't as mathematical as the name suggests. In a class of, say, 100 people. The three or so people with the highest marks at the end of the class are going to end up with A+, regardless of their percentage mark (be it 97% or 57%). The eight or so people with next highest marks are going to end up with an A in the class, again regardless of percentage mark. And it keeps going...

No other schemes that I can think of.



WOW, really? thats an interesting way to mark...quite fair, especially if the course is difficult for everybody!



Yeah, but not when you're on the wrong end of the bell. Its fairness is pretty situational to be honest. And remember, our good friends at UofT get belled DOWN.



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True, that makes sense!
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@SUMmer123456 wrote
And remember, our good friends at UofT get belled DOWN.


This has only happened once a few years ago. It's not a perennial occurrence. We either get bell-curved up, or receive our raw grades.
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@mynameismattgotmlgo wrote
You don't need to be concerned about the bell curve at Western. Not common at all.

Bell curving isn't as mathematical as the name suggests. In a class of, say, 100 people. The three or so people with the highest marks at the end of the class are going to end up with A+, regardless of their percentage mark (be it 97% or 57%). The eight or so people with next highest marks are going to end up with an A in the class, again regardless of percentage mark. And it keeps going...

No other schemes that I can think of.



This is new information to me. I thought we always just got our percentage..
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A photo of mynameismattgotmlgo mynameismattgotmlgo
Well, what I said there only applies if your class is "curved." Because it is information to you and because you go to Western, I'm going to take a strong guess and say that your classes are probably NOT curved. i.e. all that matters is your percentage mark.
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At UWO they'll tell you if they curve your mark. it's quite rare actually. Most of the time profs just look at exams and pull the hard questions out. Don't be worried about marking systems. They're not out to get you. Everything you need to know for each class will be laid out clearly in the course syllabus. It has to be. That's university policy.
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