On the document assignment, I gave grades and plus grades (A+, A, B+, B, etc.) Here’s how the grade scale worked out, approximately:
On the test, I gave plus and minus grades (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc) which translate into a 100 point scale in my gradebook (100, 96, 92, 88, 85, 82, etc., down to 58, 55, 50 for F-level). The high score in the class was 47.8 out of a possible 50, not counting extra credit, so for simplicity sake I used 47.5 as the 100% mark (if you’re not sure whether that helped you, just double your raw score to get your percentage score before the adjustment). The median score was on the D/D+ border meaning that about as many people got above a D+ or above as a D or below; the average score was on the D+/C- border. The extra credit was worth up to 3 points: About half of the people who attempted extra credit went up one grade level (B to B+, etc.) and about a third went up two grade levels (B- to B+, etc.). Here’s how the grade scale worked out:
Obviously, this is a somewhat disappointing result, but it’s only the first test of five, so those of you struggling with this one will have lots of chances to improve your overall grade.