The Effect of Different Weightings of the Semester Test

Administrative policy requires that each teacher give a comprehensive semester test that counts no less than 5% of the semester transcript grade and no more than 20%.

The table below shows the minimum 18-week average required to earn the next higher letter grade when a 100% is scored on a semester test counted at different percentages of the final transcript grade.

18-week averages required when a semester test score of 100% is
weighted at different percentages of the semester transcript grade

100% semester test weighted at → 5% 10% 15% 20%
18-week % needed to earn an "A" 88.95 88.33 87.65 86.88
18-week % needed to earn a "B" 78.42 77.22 75.88 74.38
18-week % needed to earn a "C" 67.89 66.11 64.12 61.88
18-week % needed to earn a "D" 57.37 55.0 52.35 49.38

As you can see, when the semester test is counted at only 5% of the final grade, a student must have an 18-week average of 57.37% with a semester test score of 100%, but when the semester test is counted 20% of the final grade, even a student with an 18-week average of 49.38% can still pass the course.

Clearly, finals counted as a larger percentage of the semester transcript grade give an opportunity to more students than finals counted as a smaller percentage of the transcript grade.

Compute Your Semester Transcript Percentage

Enter all percentages without the leading decimal; for example, for ninety-two percent, enter 92, not .92.

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