Midterm Curve






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Midterm Curve

Postby Ellis Song 4I » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:48 pm

Does Lavelle curve his tests at all? Can we expect a curve for the midterm?

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby 504939134 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:26 pm

Going off what happened in 14A and in his syllabus, he does not curve the midterm but a 50% in the class is a C, so in that way he does curve the final grade to help those that are close to failing.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby chrisleung-2J » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:47 pm

Yes, I don't believe individual exam scores are curved, but rather that the final grade boundaries are determined based on the overall performance of the class after the final.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Dina 2k » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:56 pm

how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Patricia Cardenas » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:14 pm

I don't believe he curves the midterm or tests because of the overall class curve.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby AlyshaP_2B » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:08 pm

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?


For 14A I think we got our exam back around a week and a half after the day of the midterm!

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:54 pm

My TA said he will most likely curve the midterm because most people did very bad.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Kallista McCarty 1C » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:56 pm

I'm not sure if there is an official "curve" but all you need is a 50% overall in the class to pass with a C

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Madeline Phan 1E » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:42 pm

Lavelle doesn't adjust overall grades until the end of the quarter, so no there is no curve for any individulal test.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby nicolely2F » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:23 pm

Emma Popescu 1L wrote:My TA said he will most likely curve the midterm because most people did very bad.

I hope he does make an exception and curve. The midterm had some unexpected questions :/

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Mandeep Garcha 2H » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:10 pm

To pass the class with a C- you need 250 points. He does not curve individual tests, but he may adjust grades at the end of the quarter depending on the overall class grades.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Diana Chavez-Carrillo 2L » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:17 am

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

My TA said that midterms will be graded and handed back to us after lecture on Wed.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby WesleyWu_1C » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:14 am

Yeah, my TA said the same thing about how midterms will be given back to us after lecture on Wednesday.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby san_2F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:10 am

I really hopes he curves the midterm because it was more difficult than expected. However, I wouldn't put too much hope in that because he also could easily not curve the midterm.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Isabella Dal Porto 1H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:13 am

Yeah he usually doesn't curve the midterm even if the average is low.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Veronica Lu 2H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:37 am

I also hope he curves it although I doubt he will. On the bright side, half the class will get a C or higher in the final grade I think

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby 905373636 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:42 am

504939134 wrote:Going off what happened in 14A and in his syllabus, he does not curve the midterm but a 50% in the class is a C, so in that way he does curve the final grade to help those that are close to failing.


Does this mean all other grades are curved too? Like how low does an A or an A- go? Or does it not apply for those?

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby bellaha4F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:21 pm

he never curves actual tests, however he changes the grading scale for the final grades. for example, if you get 50% of all the possible points in the course, you pass the class with a C-, and based on how everyone did this quarter, he will adjust the grading scale accordingly.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Kavya Immadisetty 2B » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:22 pm

He doesn't curve individual tests :( but the overall grade is adjusted at the end of the quarter. There's no hope til the end of the quarter :(((

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Tahlia Mullins » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:36 pm

Sadly, no curve for individual tests since there is a curve at the end of the quarter depending on how students do overall. To pass the class, you only need 50% of points.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby SarahCoufal_1k » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:15 pm

We will be getting midterms back Wednesday after lecture. The TAs will be outside

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby 005162902 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:28 pm

From my experience with Lavelle last quarter, he does not curve the tests individually. However, he does curve the final grade of the class with 50% as a C-. This highly elevates your chances of passing the class.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby BCaballero_4F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:35 pm

I dont think he will curve the midterm considering the final grade is technically curved

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby 305385703 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:37 pm

The cutoffs for final grades are curved but we don't exactly know what the cutoffs are.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Madelyn Romberg 1H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:39 pm

Tests themselves are not curved but the grade distribution is based on everyone FINAL grade.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Omar Selim 1D » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:56 pm

On his syllabus it says that he does not curve but that grades will be determined at the end of the quarter

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Eesha Chattopadhyay 2K » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:58 pm

Lavelle does not curve his tests but sometimes in the past he has adjusted the final grades.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Lauren Stack 1C » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:59 pm

The class is point based, so tests are not curved by themselves. The class as a whole is curved or adjusted. In order to pass the class, you must receive half of the available points.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby kendal mccarthy » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:49 pm

I think he will curve the class to the median which is a B.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Yailin Romo 4G » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:02 pm

I don't know if he does curves for midterms and tests but he might do adjustments at the end of the quarter.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:07 pm

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

Dr. Lavelle said in an email that he would have them back for us by Wednesday, 2/19 after lecture.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby chemboi » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:12 pm

Individual tests aren't curved but the class grade distribution will be at the end of the quarter if the pre-curve average falls short of what he wants for the final average.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Abigail_Hagen2G » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:20 pm

Only the whole class is curved

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Prasanna Padmanabham 4I » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:34 pm

Based on his syllabus and last quarter (14a), I don't think he curves to help a B+, A-, A student...I believe the "curve" he refers to on his syllabus is mostly for students in the C (getting a 50% to pass the class)...but I will say that the midterm was hard and I do hope things are different this quarter :/

He sent out an email saying that the midterms will be given out on Wednesday hopefully...

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Alexis Robles 2k » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:58 pm

He doesn't curve the midterm but assigns grades at the end of the quarter depending on the overall class performance.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Emil Velasco 1H » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:24 pm

I don't think the midterm itself is curved

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby ayushibanerjee06 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:07 pm

I really wish but no, unfortunately ):

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Venus_Hagan 2L » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:52 pm

I don't believe he will curve the midterm itself. :(

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby saigorijavolu2k » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:26 pm

I have heard that if the midterm/final scores are exceptionally lower than normal, he usually adjusts the grades bit. For 14A the final average was very high thus no curve, but after this midterm there might be one.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Julie_Reyes1B » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:47 pm

One thing that will give you an idea as to whether the grades will be adjusted at the end of the quarter or not is the average of the midterm, which he will state in class on Wednesday. Last quarter the averages for the midterm and the final were in the mid 70's so he did not really adjust the grades. I have a feeling the average for this midterm will be way below that, so hopefully we are in luck :-)

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Sanjana K - 2F » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:05 pm

Individual tests aren't curved :(

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Kevin Antony 2B » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:06 pm

I'm pretty sure he curved 14a at the end of last quarter, but I wouldn't expect him to do as much for 14b.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Gerald Bernal1I » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:26 pm

His syllabus says he does not curve, but I imagine there would only be a curve if a very low number of people pass on an exam.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Viviana Velasquez » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:08 pm

He does not curve but they are super generous with points and your grade depends on points, not percentage.

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Aiden Metzner 2C » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:25 pm

He curves the class based on the total overall scores. Don't expect your midterm score to be curved but likely if everyones final class scores are lower then expected he will curve the class

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Re: Midterm Curve

Postby Brandon Valafar » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:21 pm

I have been told that he does not curve the midterm, however, he does curve the class grading scale at the end of the quarter by just a little bit.


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