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## #1 2010-05-24 18:17:25

jake_110118
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### Simple percentage question.

Hi guys,

I know this is a pretty simplistic question for you guys but I really need you're help. I am completing this particularly hard university paper, if I passed 80% of the asessments with a C average, if I failed the rest of the paper with a D average, would I get a C grade overall or a D grade overall?

Really appreciate you're help.

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## #2 2010-05-24 18:42:28

ZHero
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### Re: Simple percentage question.

How many marks fetch you a grade C?

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## #3 2010-05-24 18:53:11

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### Re: Simple percentage question.

Hi jake_110118;

You a skirting close to a total failing grade. I don't know the particulars of your system but supposing you had a 100 questions and got 75% (a C ) of 80 of them. That means you have .75 * .80 = .6. If you you didn't get any of the last 20% right then you only scored 60% for the entire 100. That would be a D.

But if you scored 60% a D, on the remaining 20% that would be .6 * .2 = .12 . It would mean that you scored totally 72 questions out of 100 for a grade of C.

Looks like you would have to do very badly on the last 20% to pull your grade down to failing.

You have to provide some numerical values on how you are being graded for there to be an answer better than that.

* A = 90 or higher
* B = 8089
* C = 7079
* D = 6069
* F = 059          Failing

Is yours something like this. Sorry, to say the modern US system, makes no sense at all.

Another point is that one exam or several exams? I have assumed you were speaking of one test.

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## #4 2010-05-24 19:16:27

mathsyperson
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### Re: Simple percentage question.

It also depends on precisely how well you do in each exam.

Let's say that the C boundary is 60-70%, and the D boundary is 50-60%.

Person A could get 67% (C) in one test and 55% (D) in another, and their average would be 61% (C).
Person B could get 62% (C) in one test and 54% (D) in another, and their average would be 58% (D).

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## #5 2010-05-24 20:16:17

jake_110118
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### Re: Simple percentage question.

ZHero wrote:

How many marks fetch you a grade C?

Here is the New Zealand grading system:

A+      89.500 - 100.000      Pass with Distinction
A     84.500 - 89.490     Pass with Distinction
A-     79.500 - 84.490     Pass with Distinction
B+     74.500 - 79.490     Pass with Merit
B     69.500 - 74.490     Pass with Merit
B-     64.500 - 69.490     Pass with Merit
C+     59.500 - 64.490     Pass
C     54.500 - 59.490     Pass
C-     49.500 - 54.490     Pass
D     0.000 - 49.490     Specified Fail

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## #6 2010-05-24 20:28:20

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### Re: Simple percentage question.

Hi;

If we weight your paper like this, getting the lowest C possible for 80% of the paper and getting the highest D possible for the remaining 20%

( 80 ( 54.5 ) + 20 ( 49.49 ) ) / 100 = 53.498 is you final score for that paper. You would pass with a C-. But if your D was lower than that:

x = 29.45 meaning if you have done better than 29.45 on the remaining 20% you should pass. Your D cannot be less than 29.45. I think it looks good for you unless you really messed up bad on the portion you failed.

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## #7 2010-05-24 20:36:54

ZHero
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### Re: Simple percentage question.

jake_110118 wrote:

Here is the New Zealand grading system:

A+      89.500 - 100.000      Pass with Distinction
A     84.500 - 89.490     Pass with Distinction
A-     79.500 - 84.490     Pass with Distinction
B+     74.500 - 79.490     Pass with Merit
B     69.500 - 74.490     Pass with Merit
B-     64.500 - 69.490     Pass with Merit
C+     59.500 - 64.490     Pass
C     54.500 - 59.490     Pass
C-     49.500 - 54.490     Pass
D     0.000 - 49.490     Specified Fail

If you get a score of 59.49 (i.e. maximum C grade) in 80% of the subjects, then you need to get at least 9.59 score in the remaining 20% subjects in order to get a C grade ; else you get a D.

If you score 54.50 (i.e. minimum C grade) in 80% of the subjects, then you need to get at least 29.55 score in the remaining 20% subjects to get a C ; or else you get a D again...

Last edited by ZHero (2010-05-24 20:38:31)

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