07-401/Results of the Term Test

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The Results

A total of 35 students took the exam; after some appeals the average grade is 64.49 and the standard deviation is 27.62.

The full list of grades is: (11 19 28 28 30 31 32 33 37 48 48 50 50 57 61 62 62 64 66 68 72 79 80 81 83 96 96 96 97 97 98 98 99 100 100).

The results are quite similar to what I expected them to be, though a bit on the low side.

How should you read your grade?

  • If you got 100 you should pat yourself on your shoulder and feel good.
  • If you got something like 95, you're doing great. You made a few relatively minor mistakes; find out what they are and try to avoid them next time.
  • If you got something like 80 you're doing fine but you did miss something significant, probably more than just a minor thing. Figure out what it was and make a plan to fix the problem for next time.
  • If you got something like 60 you should be concerned. You are still in position to improve greatly and get an excellent grade at the end, but what you missed is quite significant and you are at the risk of finding yourself far behind. You must analyze what happened - perhaps it was a minor mishap, but more likely you misunderstood something major or something major is missing in your background. Find out what it is and try to come up with a realistic strategy to overcome the difficulty!
  • If you got something like 35, most likely you are not gaining much from this class and you should consider dropping it, unless you are convinced that you fully understand the cause of your difficulty (you were very sick, you really couldn't study at all for the two weeks before the exam because of some unusual circumstances, something like that) and you feel confident you have a fix for next time. The deadline for dropping a class this semester is soon: Sunday March 11.


Remember! Grading is a difficult process and mistakes always happen - solutions get misread, parts are forgotten, grades are not added up correctly. You must read your exam and make sure that you understand how it was graded. If you disagree with anything, don't hesitate to complain! Dror graded everything, so appeals should go directly to him.

The deadline to start the appeal process is Wednesday March 21 at class time.