Why even have an exam?

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    May 03, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    SO I don't understand this grading system my professor uses?

    Here are my scores for the semester (S671):

    22/30
    11.5/20

    Semester grade: 89.5%


    The first score was the highest so that was bumped up, but the last score was definitely not the highest in the class. I'm happy with my final grade because I know he did give out some Cs.

    Mind you this professor thinks our department should be pass/fail. I truly think he looks at our other semester grades and GPA and gives us a grade just to keep us teetering above the fail line.

    I will avoid him this week because we have comprehensives in a week, and he'll probably tell me to fuck off if I ask him.

    Thoughts?
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    May 03, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    Comprehensive exams are very stupid. They cover way too much information and force students to memorize instead of understand the topics. Luckily my teachers don't do comprehensive finals, they know it is impractical. We just have an exams over the last chunk of material during finals week. Not that they are any better. One of the exams I just took was a 16 page essay test with about 2 or 3 essays questions on each page. Hardest thing I have ever taken. An example of a question was to name the 5 changes some professor outlined in his discussion paper regarding the FASB leases exposure draft compared to the current accounting for leases. We are just supposed to know specifics like that!! Insane.
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    May 03, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Its standard ...

    gotta just bite the pillow ... and take it!
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    May 03, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    Makes no sense to me, but most people explicitly print their grading system in the class syllabus.

    Research shows that the points people remember from a class are the ones covered in the final exam, especially the ones they get wrong! Not sure if that holds true for "C" students though.