1. ## 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.

2. ## Re: curve

I really don't know what you mean by 'curve' here. Can you try to explain in other words?

3. ## 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.

4. ## Re: curve

The term is new to me as well although I am acquainted with the technique.

5. ## Re: curve

Originally Posted by Maybo
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?

6. ## 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.

7. ## Re: curve

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
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.

8. ## Re: curve

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
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.

9. ## Re: curve

Originally Posted by Tarheel
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.

10. ## Re: curve

Originally Posted by Maybo
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.

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