Grading Table
formatted and posted by Robert J. Young

This Grading Table is designed to serve the student by suggesting some of the components that are considered in assigning a grade to a paper and the level of work required to attain a certain grade. By adjusting the numeric equivalents, students may use this table in classes where the grading scale varies from that shown below.
The student is also referred to the research guide for additional suggestions concerning how to prepare papers and assignments to receive maximum credit.

 
Grade Positive Indications Negative Indications
A (96-100) 
Work that is so unusually competent and complete that it exceeds by far anything I might reasonably expect even from the most talented student. The work is free of factual errors and contains no mistakes in composition. none
A- (91-95)
Exceptional performance, showing originality, organization, and an unusually good command of the material.  May contain an occasional small error or mistake in composition.
B+ (88-90)
Very good, well organized performance that shows both originality and command of the material. Contains small errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition that do not, on the whole, detract from the excellence of the work. 
B (84-87) 
Good, reasonably organized effort that has presented the data correctly and interpreted it well.  Contains an error or two of fact and/or mistake in composition that diminishes the overall excellence of the work to some extent. 
B- (81-83)
Good effort that largely represents the data correctly and interprets it in a reasonable manner.  Lacks organization or thoroughness and/or contains errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition that detract from the effort. 
C+ (78-80) 
Largely free from serious error and interprets the data correctly.  May overlook significant data and contains errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition that hamper the presentation. 
C (74-77) 
The average, competent work one would expect from a college student. Free of the most serious errors, this work provides a reasonable interpretation of the data.  Likely contains some significant errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition that detract from the work. 
C- (71-73) 
Average, competent work that provides some reliable interpretation of the data.  Contains significant errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition. May also be weak in organization. 
D+ (68-70)
The work contains relevant data and may provide some interpretation.  Very signigicant errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition detract significantly from the work. May also be very poor in organization. 
D (64-67)
Contains enough relevant data to show that the student may understand the material to a limited extent.  Lacks organization and/or may be marred by very significant errors of fact or mistakes in composition. 
D- (60-63) 
Something about this project suggests a minimal understanding, but not a total failure to understand the material.  Very significant errors of fact, mistakes in composition, and/or poor organization that would ordinarily require an "F." 
F 
none Such errors of fact and/or mistakes in composition as to fall below any reasonable standard of college-level work. This grade may also be given because of plagiarism. 
Z 
provides a basis from which to begin This grade indicates work of D or F quality with multiple weaknesses as described above. This grade provides an opportunity to resubmit the work within one week of receiving it. This grade may also be given because of plagiarism.