Calculates the grade you need on the final to earn a specific grade for the course.

On your final exam to get a final course grade of
90%.

Good Luck!

Your final grade for a course is usually based on the sum of the points you earn in various activities over the semester.

Our finals calculator can figure this out for you. Enter your current average grade for the course, your desired final grade, and the course grade you want. The Final Grade Calculator will solve for what you need to earn on your final to get the course grade you desire. This also will work as a test grade calculator if you make assumptions about how you are going to score for the balance of the course.

Check your course syllabus, but this should be a weighted average of your assignments, tests, and quizzes. Plus the always popular class participation grade! You need to tally up what you earned (or think you will earn) for each of the items on the syllabus.

Ah, you need a weighted grade calculator. This takes all of your grades and calculates a weighted average of the grades you earned for the quarter. Your Final Grade represents a piece of this average (usually 25% to 50%, but this may vary by school). Here is a weighted grade calculator that can help you work through the math.

The finals calculator can't help you with this one. You need to add up the point values for your letter grades and average them. Assign a point value to each grade. A is usually worth 4. A B grade is worth 3. A C grade is worth 2. Check with the rules of your school for anything less than that.

You are generally able to adjust the point value of your grade for every "plus" or "minus" you earn. Check the rules of your school for the value of a plus or minus, but it will generally be either: +0.3, +0.33, or +0.4. A similar logic would apply to minuses. Under certain circumstances, there may be additional modifiers for AP or honors courses (in high school, certainly. These are rare in colleges).

It is also not uncommon for the semester average grade to be calculated as a weighted average, weighted by the credit hours for each course. So intensive or advanced courses with more class times (the 1.5 credit course) will count for a greater share of the semester average. You may also find that certain electives are excluded or graded on a pass-fail basis.

This final exam calculator does this. Simply enter the percentage of the grade which the final counts for. You will need to know your average grade for the rest of the course, which should be weighted by the points already earned.

For the actual math, we're calculating a grade for each part of the total grade (10% quizzes, 20% midterm, 20% paper, 50% final) and multiplying each portion by the grade achieved. So in the example above, if you averaged a 90% on your quizzes, 80% on midterm, 100% on paper, and are trying to figure out "what do I need to get on my final?", the math would be: Current grade: .10 x 90 + .20 x 80 + .20 x 85 = 9 + 16 + 17 = 42 / 50 = 84% thus far.

Entering these numbers into the final exam calculator (84% grade thus far, want an A - 90%, final is 50%).... the final calculator tells us you need to score a 96% on your final to get an A for the course. Better get some coffee...

Admittedly a best case scenario, a perfect mark of 100 would raise your grade by the inverse of the percentage which the final counts in your final score. As the finals calculator will demonstrate, if the final is worth 50% of your grade, every two points of score above the average will improve your final grade by a point. Similarly, if it is only worth 20% of your grade, you will need to deliver five points of lift on your final exam to raise your course average by a single point. Then again, you're using our final calculator - so we're guessing you're already pretty close...

In golf we call this the "short game". When confronted with a sharp deadline and an urgent need to get better results. While the final exam calculator can tell you how far you need to improve, the details are a bit trickier. Having been there a few times myself, here are some pointers...

- First, don't panic. It doesn't help, consumes time and energy, and will cause you to miss opportunities.
- Along the same lines, a little triage is needed. You have finite time - invest your time in the courses where you are likely to make the most progress. This is generally a mix of: a) controlling your losses in the hard classes, b) pumping points in easy courses where you should be winning but aren't, and c) limiting your time where the grade is effectively settled. In roughly that order. And priority D, of course, "don't screw anything else up".
- For your disasters, carefully review your list of assignments to turn anything you've missed. Similarly, if the teacher allows for "recovery" points (fixing answers for partial credit), grab as many of those as you can. Those may still be failing grades but at least they're only counting as 50% or 70% rather than a straight zero. Mathematically, this may put you within range of a decent grade on the final. Use the final calculator to see what you need to earn in the course.
- Points pumps can be very effective when planned properly. If you've got organic chemistry and "Marketing 101" on your schedule, squeeze every point you can out of the marketing class. My study group for finance was mostly "average" math, computer science, and physics majors. After weekly beatings on "science drive", we snuck over to the business school to pad our GPA's a bit in the finance and accounting classes.
- Reach out for help. Most professors are human. If they see you trying, they'll give you some room to recover.
- It should go without saying that you need to show up at class and take notes. There's no point digging a deeper hole.
- Final comment - most courses are built around a set of core principles that they are trying to teach you. Ask a friend who is doing well in the class if they can walk you through the essence of the course. This is very common in math and sciences: the difference between clueless and competent is usually about a dozen big ideas. Figure out some or most of these, to the point where you can solve practice problems, and you will perform at a passing level. And as the final exam calculator demonstrates, elevating your score on the hard stuff from a 30% to an 80% can make a huge difference (especially if there is some easier material or class assignments you can use to pad your points).

Yes and No. From the perspective of completing the course, earning a grade of D should suffice as "passing". You were there, you completed the work, you did not fail - thus you pass. It is not, however, generally sufficient to pass if you are majoring in the subject or using it to meet a requirement for future studies.

While ultimately a personal decision, the final exam calculator above should help you with the math.

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