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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Don't You Love It When You Get More Than 100% On An Exam?

Got my first Molecular Evolution exam back today, 26.4 points out of 25. Not bad I suppose, but I only 1.5 out of 2 points on te extra credit question:

"What is a gene? Explain how the concept of a gene has evolved through time and how recent discoveries in whole-genome expression data changed the definition of what a gene is."
I also missed 0.1 point for what I think are rounding errors (the correct answer for calculating nucleotide substitutions under the Kimura model was 18.9. My answer? 19.2... doh!). Otherwise, I could have had 27 out of 25 point dammit.

Seriously though, I'm really stoked. I've never done this well on an exam since I took a class on Darwin in Spring 2004 (one of my two A+'s as an undergrad, the other was in Physics I). I do not consider myself a smart person by any means, but I work hard and have a good memory for science stuff. Maybe its a sign that I need to do less ecology and get more into evolution?


  1. Congratulations, Kevin! Must have been a great feeling.

    I occasionally hand out and extra point or two if the work is of a standard surpassing that of other students. When someone really makes the effort, they deserve a reward!

  2. Nicely done, Kevin!

    I have to admit that I'm a bit more confused by the concept of fractional points than I am by exceeding 100%. I mean, that's why it is "extra" credit, right? But what, exactly, does it mean to miss a tenth of a point? I guess it's just because a "point" is such an arbitrary measure.

  3. Snail, thanks, I personally don't believe in extra credit with my own students. I adopted my advisor's testing philosophy of making the exam hard but grading easy.

    Will, I don't get it either. I think they just couldn't let me get away with a perfect score ;p

    But there were 5 questions worth 5 points each, usually with multiple parts or multiple calculations that you had to get the answer.

  4. Congratulations, you deserve recognition.


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