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    curve

    Am I using "curve" in the following sentences correctly?

    1. I choose this course because the exam is not curved so it's less competitive.
    2. I choose this course because the exam is not on a curve so it's less competitive.
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: curve

    For example, when teachers grade students for an exam, there is a curve showing the numbers of students getting certain grade, like only 5 % students can get A, 10% students can get B.
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: curve

    The term is new to me as well although I am acquainted with the technique.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    Re: curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    For example, when teachers grade students for an exam, there is a curve showing the numbers of students getting certain grade, like only 5 % students can get A, 10% students can get B.
    Is that the way things naturally occur, or is it something else?
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    Re: curve

    Surely you've heard of "grading on a curve" before? Say you get an 75 on a test. On a straight scale (90-80-70-60), 75 would be a C.


    If graded on a curve, it depends on class performance. A 75 is bad if the class average is 85. It's good if the class averaged 60.

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    Re: curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Is that the way things naturally occur, or is it something else?
    It depends on the grading system of a school. Some schools may set a cut off, for example, students with 80 scores can get B, if all students get over 80 marks then all students can B. But if there is a curve set for the grading, then only certain % students can get grade B.
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: curve

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Surely you've heard of "grading on a curve" before? Say you get an 75 on a test. On a straight scale (90-80-70-60), 75 would be a C.


    If graded on a curve, it depends on class performance. A 75 is bad if the class average is 85. It's good if the class averaged 60.
    Yes. I don't know how I should express it in my sentences.
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: curve

    I chose this course because it's not graded on a curve.

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    Re: curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    It depends on the grading system of a school. Some schools may set a cut off, for example, students with 80 scores can get a B, if all students get over 80 marks then all students can get a B. But if there is a curve set for the grading, then only a certain percentage of students can get a B.
    You are talking about grading on the curve, as Soothing Dave suggests.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 21-Oct-2020 at 20:26. Reason: Insert missing word
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    Re: curve

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Surely you've heard of "grading on a curve" before? Say you get an 75 on a test. On a straight scale (90-80-70-60), 75 would be a C.


    If graded on a curve, it depends on class performance. A 75 is bad if the class average is 85. It's good if the class averaged 60.
    The phrase is always grading on the curve in my experience.
    I am not a teacher.

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