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    Anyone can tell me how's grading at MUA? Are there presentations, assignments and written reports? Or is it all based on exams? and how are the exams arranged in Med1?

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    Most classes base everything on 4 to 5 block exams, and a final exam that is usually an NBME shelf (a U.S. national exam). I wrapped up basic science last term, though and from what I know, there are some new systems in place in terms of grading... so maybe someone still on the island can comment. The only class that had a presentation grade that I remember were biochem, genetics, and micro.

    The exams are arranged the same for everyone. Every 3 weeks you have a block of exams (AKA you have every one of your big exams either Monday/Tuesday, or all in one day). In med 3, the first set of exams comes 2 weeks into the term, and it's every 3 weeks after that.
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    Does anyone know about the new grading system in MUA? What is the minimum passing score for each class or term? What happens when a student fail a class? How and when can he repeats the class?

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    Under the new/modified system:
    Blockexams 1+2+3+4+ final+shelf = final grade.
    grade > 70 = pass. 70-79=C, 80-89=B, >90 = A
    No curves. After each exam, the professors look through the exam and "drop" those questions that are technically questionable. Usually 1-3 questions dropped.

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    is it important to realize that schools that may have higher or lower pass scores have similar distribution of grades.

    What I mean by that is: lets say a pass was 50% and 90% of the class passed. If the pass was 70%, still 90% would pass. (this was actually what I noticed from doing undergraduate education to graduate education)

    At saba for example, I've heard the pass is 80% rather than MUA's 70%. At the end of the day, it is likely equally difficult at both schools; having a pass of 70% does not make is 10% easier. The exams are adjusted to achieve that pass score because teachers make tests appropriate for the level of knowledge expected by students.

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