The formula used for the final semester grade is:
Semester 1:
40% * Term 1 +
40% * Term 2 + 20% * Exam1
or
Semester 2: 40% * Term 3 + 40% * Term 4 + 20% * Exam2
Use the calculator above to determine how grades on the semester exam
will impact your final semester average.
Go to the Gradebook Summary screen on the student or parent portal and
find your current semester average Sem2. Put that in the input box and hit calculate. Numbers will display on the
right that will show the grade you need on the final exam to get to a
certain letter grade.
The semester average is the current
average of the quarter grades and will change as additional 2nd quarter
grades are added to the gradebook. The final semester grade will also
include the final exam as part of the average. Keep working on your
4th quarter grades to get your semester average
higher before the exams. Be sure to turn in all work and take advantage
of Terrier Tutoring to help with homework and writing assignments.
How does the calculator work?
Each quarter grade counts as 2/5 (40%) of your final grade and the exam
counts 1/5 (20%). Since the current semester average is just the average
of the two term grades, it can be used as an estimator by multiplying it
by 4 and subtracting that number from the various point values needed
for certain letter grades:
A 450 points is 90%
B 400 points is 80%
C 350 points is 70%
D 300 points is 60%
So the calculator multiplies your average by four then subtracts that
number from each of the cutoffs
450400350300 to determine how many
points you need on the 100 point final exam.
For example, if you type in 78 for your average, it will show you that
you would need an 88 to get a B, 38 to get a C, and you already earned a
D because it shows negative points. You would have to get a 138% to get
an A which is not possible on a 100% test.
