Philosophy & Logic: A Self-Paced Course

Professor Austen Clark
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269

Frequently Asked Questions

Where exactly are the cut-offs for B+, A-, A, etc? 

You might not know this, but the cut-offs for pluses and minuses are set by university policy, and described in the undergraduate catalog.  Grades in this course are reported using a 100 point basis, so scores in the 70’s are C’s, in the 80’s are B’s, and in the 90’s are A’s.  On a 100 point basis, cut-offs for pluses and minuses are found within 2 points of a grade boundary.  So a “B-“ is a score from 80 to 82, a “B” is anything within the range of 82 to 88, and a “B+” is a score from 88 to 90. 

We report your “running average” with one decimal place so that you can tell exactly where you are relative to these cut off points.  Here they are:

92.0 and above               A

90.0 to 91.9                    A-

88.0 to 89.9                    B+

82.0 to 87.9                    B

80.0 to 81.9                    B-

78.0 to 79.9                    C+

72.0 to 77.9                    C

70.0 to 71.9                    C-

68.0 to 68.9                    D+

62.0 to 67.9                    D

60.0 to 61.9                    D-

below 60.0                      F

How can I tell from what letter grade I would get for the semester if I don’t take the final exam?

Your final grade is simply the average, over all six units, of the best scores you got on those units.  If you have finished tests from all six units, this number is the same number as the one we have been reporting all along as your “running average”.   Look at the note above on pluses and minuses, and you can figure out your final letter grade.

The only tricky bit here is that your “running average” becomes your semester average only after you have taken tests from all six units.  If you have not taken tests from all six units, then to get your overall semester average, you must add up all the “best scores” you have, and then divide by six.    

To help you avoid doing some long division, here are the same grade cut-offs described in terms of “total” scores.  (Your total score is just the sum of the best scores you got on each of the units you completed.)  Each test is worth 100 point, so total scores can range from 0 to 600.  The grade cut-offs for the letters A, B, C, D are: 540 (90 x 6), 480 (80 x 6), 420 (70 x 6), and 360  (60 x 6).  Here is the full list with pluses and minuses:

552 and above                A

540 to 551                      A-

528 to 539                      B+

492 to 527                      B

480 to 491                      B-

468 to 479                      C+

432 to 467                      C

420 to 431                      C-

408 to 419                      D+

372 to 407                      D

360 to 371                      D-

below 360                       F

The top 24 total scores are reported on the web site, and they are useful if you haven’t yet finished a test from all six units.  But once you have tests from each of the six units, it is simpler to think in terms of your running average, which is also, thereafter, your semester average. 

By the way, we report running averages with a decimal point (92.1, etc) just so that there is an exact correspondence between the cut-offs for total scores and the cut-offs for semester averages.