|Detailed student grades will be distributed
twice during the semester and the final grade once, to encourage
students to check for possible grading errors. Each
student has the opportunity to calculate the grade at any
time using the Grade Calculation Sheet available
on the Test Materials page of
the class web site. The grade calculation method is
outlined in the class
There are two
major exams in my classes:
- The Midterm
Exam is a fifty question (50), multiple-choice test.
The exam questions are taken from the quizzes that predate the
Midterm Exam. All quiz questions prior to any exam date
are eligible for an exam, including those called "extra"
- The Final
Exam is a one-hundred question (100), multiple-choice
test, the questions for which are also taken from all
the semester's quizzes and the Midterm Exam. It is comprehensive.
be an Exam Preview during a class session preceding each
exam. During that preview:
- Any math problems
on the exam will be completed as examples for the class.
- The math review
problems may not use the actual values that will be used
in the test, but the procedure used to solve each problem
will be the same as the procedure for the math on the exam.
- All the questions
on the quizzes leading up to the exam will be reviewed so that
the correct answers are communicated to all of the students
- The instructor will
answer student questions concerning the exam and the prior quizzes.
Each student will get a list of all the grades earned
to the date of each preview session in order to review them to
determine if the scores on the list are correct.
- Each student will
have the opportunity to bring graded documents to class in order
to have a mistakenly recorded grade corrected.
- This opportunity
will be available up to and including the meeting just before
the Final Exam.
- Documents that
do not have a grade from the instructor (are ungraded) will
not be accepted.
Exam grades are based on questions answered correctly.
- Each question of
a fifty-question exam is worth 2 percentage points (from a total
of 100%). For a one-hundred question exam, each question
is worth 1 percentage point (from a total of 100%).
- An analysis of the
questions missed by the highest few test scores may be used
to determine if all of the grades should be adjusted to compensate
for possible problematic questions.
- This compensation
may occur only if there appear to be problems with exam
questions and, should it occur, no student will receive
a score greater than 100%.
test's answer sheet has been returned, there will be
class time devoted to a review of the test.
- During that time,
students may get answers to questions they missed and challenge
test questions they think may have problems.
- The number of points
that a student may gain by successfully challenging questions
will be increased only if the successful challenges exceed the
number of points that may have already been adjusted, as described
- During the review
of the Final Exam, the students will receive their overall grades
that will be recorded for the class.
- The "overall
grades" distributed will consist of the final grade
and the cumulative grades for quizzes and other activities.
This last list will not detail every graded document.
- A review of the
Final Exam may not happen if the exam is not administered before
the last class meeting. In such an instance, the review
will be by appointment. See the following section for
The Final Exam
is scheduled to be administered one session prior to the end of
the semester to allow for a review of that exam.
- Once the test has
been reviewed, any documents (e.g., tests and answer sheets)
that remain unclaimed by the time the instructor leaves the
classroom on the last official day of class will be destroyed,
removing the possibility of the student reviewing graded papers
(including the final exam).
- The Final Exam
answer sheet may be taken home, but not the question pages.
- If, for unanticipated and unavoidable reasons (illness, inclement
weather, etc.), the final exam cannot be held before the last
class meeting, students may make an appointment to see the instructor
during the first two weeks of the following semester to review
the test and obtain their answer sheet.
- After the first two weeks, any unclaimed answer sheets
and other exam materials will be destroyed.
- If the instructor, who is a temporary (contingent) worker,
is no longer employed by the college, any review is likely
Opportunities to review the math used to calculate
the grade are available to each student during the semester by
using the Grade Calculation Sheet on the Test
Materials page of each class' web site, and/or by seeing
the instructor during his office time.
- A grade calculated
early in the semester may change substantially because a large
portion of the grade occurs late in the term.
The final grade is a combination of weighted values that
are described in the class syllabus.
- Once the final grade
has been discussed and challenged in the Final Exam review session,
no grade will be adjusted further (*See Cal.
Ed. Code §76224 (a)).
- If a student,
for example, is two-tenths of one percent below the cutoff
for an overall "A" grade for the class, that student will
have earned a "B" for the class unless they can prove an
- The grade
cutoff table is outlined on the syllabus and the cutoff
values will be followed.
The grading rubric and timelines above may change
due to unanticipated circumstances, such as illness, weather,
natural or human-caused disasters, unforeseen events and/or school-initiated
*(a) When grades are given for any course of
instruction taught in a community college district, the grade
given to each student shall be the grade determined by the instructor
of the course and the determination of the student's grade by
the instructor, in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith,
or incompetence, shall be final.