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I got a 76 on my math final and it dropped my math grade down to a 91% , I take Honors Algebra 2 as a ninth grader should I be worried that my math grade is so low?

My teacher also taught half the material three days before the exam.

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Shirley’s Answer

Hi Sanya,

Your final average, 91%, is far more important than your individual test score, 76%. You're doing great!

Don't beat yourself up because of one test score. As you said, you didn't have enough time to study all of the material, so maybe you can take a moment to review your mistakes during the summer.
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Karissa’s Answer

If you are concerned that you have not mastered the material then I understand. Go to the local library and check out books and DVD's that will teach you the material that was crammed into the last three days. Ask the reference desk librarian about free tutoring. Also, call the school office and ask about tutoring. You have all summer to be prepared for 10th grade honors math. Part of being an honors student is teaching yourself the parts of the curriculum that the public school has failed to do. If you go to private school then your parents should call the principal and tell them about half the material being taught in 3 days. That is unacceptable and if you pay to go to school that should never happen.
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Alexis’s Answer

You got a 76 and it dropped your overall grade to a 91, which means you had a very solid A in your Honors class before the test.

This tells me a couple of things. One, you’ve been doing well and understanding the material thus far. Two, that final exam grade wasn’t typically what you get, in Math or probably any other subject.

But I want to give you a little perspective. A 91 is NOT a low grade. It’s not even a bad grade. It’s an A. Okay, maybe an A minus, but let me tell you something: your Algebra grade in 9th grade will determine almost nothing in your future. I’m serious; it won’t determine what college you get into, what job you land or how much money you’ll make. Three years from now, you’ll see an A minus on your high school transcript for this class. That’s all.

You probably looked at the test and already know where you made mistakes. That’s really the most important lesson here: sometimes, we’ll come up short. Sometimes we won’t get the grade we want. Sometimes we’ll fail. It’s okay. We’re human and we aren’t perfect. The goal isn’t to be perfect. The goal is to do our very best and not let mistakes and failures (which will happen throughout our lives) get us down and stop us from doing what we want and love.

In short, NO, you don’t have to worry about your grade at all. Enjoy your summer!
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Andrew’s Answer

I fully appreciate your concern with a grade lower than what you expected. On the other hand, we should take a long view in our academic journey. We should not be distracted by a small setback. The key is to set sight in winning the war despite losing a few battles. You have four more years in high school, and probably four more years in college. With tenacity, you will win out at the end.

Rushing half a semester of materials in three days does not appear to be prudent. You should not blame yourself for not being able to adequately digesting the materials.

Don’t lose heart, keep studying hard. You will be successful in the end.
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