# Estimating Your Course Average

## Formula for tabulating average:

- Most assignments are scored on a scale between 0 & 100.
- (Known or guesstimated score on assignment) x (percentage the assignment is worth) = (the number of points that the student has earned or estimates that he/ she will earn of the total amount of points that the assignment is worth toward an overall average for the course)
- After each known or guesstimated score on each assignment is tabulated, these numbers are added up to get an overall number between 0 & 100.
- According to the AB-Tech system:
- 0-59 = F
- 60-69 = D
- 70-79 = C
- 80-89 = B
- 90-100 = A

- If you are not satisfied with your guesstimated average, go back to the first step above and increase your guesstimated score on each assignment that you the results for.
- Recalculate based on your new guesstimates to see what it would take to get the grade that you desire.
- Doing well on assignments that are worth more (i.e., count more for more points and that worth higher percentages) will increase your grade significantly than will doing well on assignments that are worth less.

- Guesstimated assignment grades are not guaranteed and are dependent on how the student ultimately performs on the assignment.
- Ask your instructor for help as you need to.

### Examples:

**Example 1: HSE 210: Human Services Issues, YD1, Spring 2009**

**If a student currently:**

- Has a midterm exam grade of 65.
- An experiential exercise average of 100.
- A pop quiz average of 0.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn a 95 on his/ he article presentations.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn an 85 on his/ her final exam.

**Estimation of the total number of points for each assignment that the student would earn based on the information above.**

- Midterm exam average (known): 65 x .35 = 22.75 (out of a possible of 35 points)
- Experiential exercise average (guesstimate based on current average): 100 x .10 = 10 (out of 10 possible points)
- Pop quiz average (guesstimated based on current average): 0 x .10 = 0 (out of 10 possible points)
- Article presentation average (guesstimate): 95 x .10 = 9.5 (out of 10 possible points)
- Final exam average (guesstimate): 85 x .35 = 29.75 (out of 10 possible points)

**Estimation of course average based on the number of points that the student has accumulated or guesstimates that he/ she will accumulate for each assignment.**

- [Midterm exam average (known)] + [Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Pop quiz average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Article presentation average (guesstimate)] + [Final exam average (guesstimate)] = Estimated course average
- Based on the example above: 22.75 + 10 + 0 + 9.5 + 29.75 = 72
- A 72 average for the course would mean a “C” grade for the course

**Let’s say that the student was not happy with the “C” course grade average that he/ she came up with based on the above guesstimates and wanted to try to earn at least a “B” grade in the course.**

A re-estimate would need to occur with the student considering what would happen if he/ she scored higher on some assignments.

An example of such a tabulation estimate follows:

**If a student currently:**

- Has a midterm exam grade of 65.
- An experiential exercise average of 100.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will increase his/ her pop quiz grade to a 75.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn a 95 on his/ he article presentations.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn a 90 on his/ her final exam.

**Estimation of the total number of points for each assignment that the student would earn based on the information above.**

- Midterm exam average (known): 65 x .35 = 22.75 (out of a possible of 35 points)
- Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average): 100 x .10 = 10 (out of 10 possible points)
- Pop quiz average (guesstimated): 75 x .10 = 7.5 (out of 10 possible points)
- Article presentation average (guesstimate): 95 x .10 = 9.5 (out of 10 possible points)
- Final exam average (guesstimate): 90 x .35 = 31.5 (out of 10 possible points)

**Estimation of course average based on the number of points that the student has accumulated or guesstimates that he/ she will accumulate for each assignment.**

- [Midterm exam average (known)] + [Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Pop quiz average (guesstimate)] + [Article presentation average (guesstimate)] + [Final exam average (guesstimate)] = Estimated course average
- Based on the example above: 22.75 + 10 + 7.5 + 9.5 + 31.5 = 81
- An 81 average for the course would mean a “B” grade for the course.

**Example 2: SWK 214, YD1, Spring 2009**

**If a student currently:**

- Has a grade on exam 1 of 65.
- An experiential exercise average of 100.
- A pop quiz average of 0.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn an 80 on his/ her observation paper.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn a 95 on his/ he observation paper presentation.
- Guesstimates based on past performance that he/ she will earn a 65 on exam 2.
- Guesstimates based on past performance that he/ she will earn a 65 on exam 3.

**Estimation of the total number of points for each assignment that the student would earn based on the information above.**

- Exam 1 average (known): 65 x .23 = 14.95 (out of a possible of 23 points)
- Experiential exercise average (guesstimate based on current average): 100 x .10 = 10 (out of 10 possible points)
- Pop quiz average (guesstimate based on current average): 0 x .10 = 0 (out of 10 possible points)
- Observation paper average (guesstimate): 80 x .10 = 8 (out of 10 possible points)
- Observation paper presentation average (guesstimate): 80 x .05 = 4 (out of 5 possible points)
- Exam 2 average (guesstimate based on past performance): 65 x .23 = 14.95 (out of 23 possible points)
- Exam 3 average (guesstimate based on past performance): 65 x .23 = 14.95 (out of 23 possible points)

**Estimation of course average based on the number of points that the student has accumulated or guesstimates that he/ she will accumulate for each assignment.**

- [Exam 1 average (known)] + [Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Pop quiz average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Observation paper average (guesstimated)] + [Observation paper presentation average (guesstimate)] + [Exam 2 average (guesstimated based on past performance)] + [Exam 3 average (guesstimated based on past performance)] = Estimated course average
- Based on the example above: 14.95 + 10 + 0 + 8 + 4 + 14.95 + 14.95 = 67
- A 67 average for the course would mean a “D” grade for the course.

**Let’s say that the student was not happy with the “D” course grade average that he/ she came up with and wanted to try to earn at least a “C” grade in the course.**

A re-estimate would need to occur with the student considering what would happen if he/ she scored higher on some assignments.

An example of such a tabulation estimate follows:

##### If a student currently:

- Has a grade on exam 1 of 65.
- An experiential exercise average of 100.
- A pop quiz average of 0.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn an 80 on his/ her observation paper.
- Guesstimates that he/ she will earn a 95 on his/ he observation paper presentation.
- Guesstimates based that he/ she will earn a 75 on exam 2.
- Guesstimates based that he/ she will earn a 75 on exam 3.

- Exam 1 average (known): 65 x .23 = 14.95 (out of a possible of 23 points)
- Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average): 100 x .10 = 10 (out of 10 possible points)
- Pop quiz average (guesstimated based on current average): 0 x .10 = 0 (out of 10 possible points)
- Observation paper average (guesstimate): 80 x .10 = 8 (out of 10 possible points)
- Observation paper presentation average (guesstimate): 95 x .05 = 4.75 (out of 5 possible points)
- Exam 2 average (guesstimate based on past performance): 75 x .23 = 17.25 (out of 23 possible points)
- Exam 3 average (guesstimate based on past performance): 75 x .35 = 17.25 (out of 23 possible points)

- [Exam 1 average (known)] + [Experiential exercise average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Pop quiz average (guesstimated based on current average)] + [Observation paper average (guesstimate)] + [Observation paper presentation average (guesstimate)] + [Exam 2 average (guesstimated based on past performance)] + [Exam 3 average (guesstimated based on past performance)] = Estimated course average
- Based on the example above: 14.95 + 10 + 0 + 8 + 4.75 + 17.25 + 17.25 = 72
- A 72 average for the course would mean a “C” grade for the course.