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Why do I deserve an A in this class?

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Students typically receive a grade of A in an academic course by demonstrating a very high level of achievement. Typically, A is the highest possible passing grade, though schools may use plus and minus symbols along with traditional letter grades.

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To illustrate what letter grades may represent using Cornell University as an example, an A grade indicates that a student produced excellent work in a course. Students who earn an A must show a thorough understanding of the subject matter. An A grade may also be the result of a student offering strong evidence of perception or originality with respect to the course material.

Schools may use a numerical scale to convert percentages to letter grades. For example, at SUNY Cobleskill, a numerical average in a course of 89.5 to 92.0 equates to an A minus, while an average of at least 92.1 percent corresponds to a natural A.

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