Is it possible to get 100% at uni?

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Having an argument with a flatmate... he reckons he could easily get 100% in his first year. I said uni grading doesn't work like that - we now have a bet; if he gets 100% in any module he wins, if not, I win (he's doing Classics btw).

So has anyone actually managed to get 100%?

Edit: Judging by your responses it looks like I will definitely win the bet. Is it unethical of me to raise the stakes (currently £10)? :holmes:
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100% in every single assessment and piece of work? Not a single error?! Oh my. I would be frightened by anyone who has achieved this
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Of course I imagine some people will get 100%, but it is EXTREMELY difficult make no mistake. Is he just being naive because he's just left sixth form and still think's he's hot as shi*t? If so, he will fail to get 100%, guaranteed.
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Of course I imagine some people will get 100%, but it is EXTREMELY difficult make no mistake. Is he just being naive because he's just left sixth form and still think's he's hot as ****? If so, he will fail to get 100%, guaranteed.
Yep :P I can see him getting high grades (he's just one of those people) but not that high... Tbh I might raise the bet; it's only £10 atm and I could do with the money by the end of the year...
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my friend averaged 96% in maths. in second year but only 94 in first year. this is at durham too where maths is hard
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I got 100% in a statistics exam last year, and 98% in another stats exam, but essays are really, really hard to score full marks on! The highest I've got in an essay is 86%- and I don't think written exams are easy to get high marks in at all. The likeliness that you'd be able to remember everything and be able to write it all down in the perfect way in exam conditions with a time restraint is really low.
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i dont know about this as i am still doing A levels, but what is the bet for out of curoisty, but i do highley doubt he will get 100%
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i dont know about this as i am still doing A levels, but what is the bet for out of curoisty, but i do highley doubt he will get 100%
Only £10. I'm think of suggesting £100 and my friend will probably agree; he seems really confident but everyone who's replied so far seems to be on my side!
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The only 90%'s I've ever had were in stats. Getting these kind of scores is feasible in objective subjects like maths.

Getting over 75% in an essay subject is very difficult. Over 80% is near unheard of.
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Depends - for example I couldn't get 100% in one particular module in my first year as the grades were multiplied by 4 or something, in a way that could never equal 100 percent. -Though I got 99% in one assignment. :dontknow: If I'd achieved 100% in each assignment, it wouldn't reach 100%. I think that might have been because of the inclusion of multiple choice exams that were worked out in a stupid way.

It seems in essays they don't really mark out of 100% - but more like 80%.
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Yep :P I can see him getting high grades (he's just one of those people) but not that high... Tbh I might raise the bet; it's only £10 atm and I could do with the money by the end of the year...
Raise it to £1,000. I might even come in with a wager here, I guarantee he won't get 100%.
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I would love to see his face when his first piece of coursework comes back at around 50-65%.
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Tell him I wish him luck. He's gonna need it.
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Depends - for example I couldn't get 100% in one particular module in my first year as the grades were multiplied by 4 or something, in a way that could never equal 100 percent. -Though I got 99% in one assignment. :dontknow: If I'd achieved 100% in each assignment, it wouldn't reach 100%. I think that might have been because of the inclusion of multiple choice exams that were worked out in a stupid way.

It seems in essays they don't really mark out of 100% - but more like 80%.
Yeh that's what I was trying to explain to him!

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I would love to see his face when his first piece of coursework comes back at around 50-65%.
That's what I'm waiting for :rofl:

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Raise it to £1,000. I might even come in with a wager here, I guarantee he won't get 100%.
I think that might be a bit mean :p:
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(Original post by ily_em)
Having an argument with a flatmate... he reckons he could easily get 100% in his first year. I said uni grading doesn't work like that - we now have a bet; if he gets 100% in any module he wins, if not, I win (he's doing Classics btw).

So has anyone actually managed to get 100%?
Ah but can he get 100% AND get laid?
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It's doable in maths. At Warwick there are people who get over 100% for the whole year every year.
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(Original post by aliluvschoc)
Depends - for example I couldn't get 100% in one particular module in my first year as the grades were multiplied by 4 or something, in a way that could never equal 100 percent. -Though I got 99% in one assignment. :dontknow: If I'd achieved 100% in each assignment, it wouldn't reach 100%. I think that might have been because of the inclusion of multiple choice exams that were worked out in a stupid way.

It seems in essays they don't really mark out of 100% - but more like 80%.

How can an essay be marked out of 80%?
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It's impossible since you will likely be doing assessed group projects at some juncture. Also I highly doubt the marks are awarded on a box-ticking method and no subjective marker is going to give 100%.
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Pfft it is extremely unlikely. Especially, as others have said, in essay based courses where the perfect answer is subjective to every examiner. I got a few 100% results in my time at Sixth Form but haven't had any since i started uni. Anybody who goes to uni thinking it's going to be plain sailing is in for a shock! Definitely raise your bet :p:
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How can an essay be marked out of 80%?
Thats how university grading works. It gets progressively harder to obtain the mark passed around 65%. Subsequently, by the time you're in the mid 70's, it's near impossible to progress further without writing material that is potentially publishable.
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