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Old 12-25-2018, 01:40 AM
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Why do they require a B to pass a course?
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I’ve heard the range is comprssed as a result of this... so a C basically implied failing.

As for the reason, I guess at this point because grading is somewhat subjective (grading in grad school tends to be a bit more subjectively assigned), it’s hard to fail as long as you show that you’re trying.
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Usually because you need to be competent on a topic, particularly if you're going to be generating new knowledge!
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because there are three grades in grad school: A, B, F

A= good enough for PhD students
B= good enough for masters students

and fail
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The standard in Grad school is higher than undergraduate.

You need to be able to master the information you absorb.
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Technically though, a "B/B- (depending on the degree and school)" is not a fail for a specific course.

What matters is your average. You can get one B- and 3 A's for example, and that would work just fine.
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B-School? Why not A-School?
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A better question would be why is a C considered a passing grade in any ostensibly legit education?
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A better question would be why is a C considered a passing grade in any ostensibly legit education?
A better question is why do SOA Exams require a D grade minimum (generally passmark in the 60% correct) roughly 6 score in any ostensibly legit education? Not an 8 score minimum
to pass, which would equate to a B?
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A better question is why do SOA Exams require a D grade minimum (generally passmark in the 60% correct) roughly 6 score in any ostensibly legit education? Not an 8 score minimum
to pass, which would equate to a B?
A fixed passmark always seemed like a dumb idea to me. 60% of what? Some undefined scale. On a timed exam, it is trivial to create a test where nobody should be able to get 60% (and I ran into that a couple times at school). Or one so trivial that you'd expect everyone to get 100%. If the prof is bad at designing a test, you're screwed. Or very lucky. Why penalize or reward students for the deficiencies of the prof?

But the SOA 6 isn't defined as a 60%, anyway.
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