Hi everyone. The voice in my mind has been obsessively speaking about my average in the degree that I did 1997 and completed in 2001. He wants to know something about America so here I am asking…

In America, college grades seem to be A = 90% or above, B = 80 to 90, C = 70 to 80.

Now in New Zealand, our system is far more lenient. An “A” grade is 80 to 85, and 85 and above is an A+. Similarly, a “B” grade is actually 65% to 70%.

Me and the voice think the American system looks far too hard to get good grades. An “A” being 90% or more is a tough requirement.

QUESTION: How many people actually average an “A” or a “B” in America?

Is it HARD to AVERAGE a “B” in America?

What sort of proportion of people would be STRAIGHT A’s?

In New Zealand, a VERY small proportion of people actually AVERAGE 80% or MORE in their entire degree. These people are quite smart, yet in America they’d be scraping by as a B average. The average University student with a degree in New Zealand would have a “D” or “C” average by American standards.

I can’t see their being any real difference in difficulty between the two (unless in American colleges they make it easier to get “A”'s).

I don’t know about the rest of America, but I graduated from community college with a 3.79 GPA, which is about 95%. I got a C in calculus, mostly because my teacher was rotten. He didn’t even really teach, he just read from the book. The book was totally incomprehensible to me. And his tests weren’t like the homework, there were a lot of trick questions. Other than that I got all A’s, except for one B. I’m hoping to do well in the university I will be attending too.

Wow, well done. To get all A’s except for one B is excellent. How did you do it? lol. With the requirement for having 90% or more for an “A”, you must have had super precision and minimal errors. I hear a lot of stories of people in America getting similar sort of grades, and I just wonder how it’s done, given that in New Zealand the final grades of our students are much lower than in America (about 60 to 65% is average for a New Zealand graduate. They get a New Zealand B- for this). Something just doesn’t quite make sense.

Maybe New Zealand schools are harder?

I doubt anyone on here can give you the statistics you desire. We have thousands of colleges here in the U.S. How would one of us get hold of the grade averages for the thousands of current college students ? Not to mention that you would want us to look at the grades for how many years? This current year? The last 5 years? The last ten years? I attended community college. I have no idea what my fellow students grades were like. I doubt my college would tell me. It might take you a little recherche to find the answer. IDK. Maybe there’s a massive database with every grade, of every class, of every student, of every college. How could you find it? I don’t know.

I guess so. I was mostly wanting general comments than hard and accurate numbers so I should have phrased it differently.

I’m in Canada. It’s been awhile but I think I graduated from high school with a C average… math and sciences were hard for me but accounting and literature good so it evened out. College probably a B average. Worked my butt off to get it

I didn’t understand my daughter’s grading system in school when she lived with me. No numbers just levels 1, 2 or 3.

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Hi Andypr,
My sis and I live in Seattle Washington and the sis is in college now. She says that most colleges here that are on the University System and have nation wide transferable classes use the “decimal grading system” you can look that up on the web and it gives the break down of the spread and what point equals what grade.

High schools will also use this along with a straight “pass/fail” option for students who are just not that good but working their butt off.

Some private schools use their own what ever and how ever they like.

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I graduated my Bachelors of Science in Nursing program with a 3.92 GPA. My university used 90+ as an A.

And honestly, it was VERY tough for me to get all A’s. Im a slow learner, and the classes are very fast-paced.

Blessings,

Anthony

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wow… I have a deep respect for people who can understand accounting. I can’t really fathom accounting. I’ve looked over my sister’s book from this last quarter and I am really puzzled. I love algebra and geometry. But accounting looks hard. My sis has had flash cards taped all over the house. It could also be that my sis cried nearly every single day there was a test in accounting. She said her accounting teacher was a really good person and tried to be patient and fair, but she just couldn’t get it to stick in her head. She had to take two quarters to meet the requirement. So it’s been 6 months of tears. I’m so glad she passed and that part is over.

I debated for a bit going to school to be an accountant until I worked in payroll… Realized what a hassle our company was to our accounting firm and decided no way lol Plus I think I may have a bit of dyslexia when it comes to numbers so probably not a good career choice. It’s not an easy course. Debit, credit, balance sheet, ledger. It is confusing

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It’s not that hard to get a B in america. A’s take some serious mastery of the material. I made a 3.96 this last semester, which is all A’s and an A-. If you make all A’s, it means you only miss a few questions, like less than 8% on every test or paper

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