We’ve All Been There: Waiting For Grades

"Are they up yet??"

Your stomach has been churning since you walked out of your last exam. You know the grades are curved, but you also know that leaving the last essay blank is not going to bode well on your overall score. You talked to your friends in the class and compared answers. You’ve flipped through your notes again and again. You’ve attempted to calculate your score in your head.

And now you just have to wait.

You pack your bags to head home. Then you check your grades online. Nothing.
You take a cab to the airport. Then you check your grades from your phone. Still nothing.
You check them again as soon as you land.
And again after you kiss your mom hello and drop your laundry in the laundry room.

Still nothing.

You know that there is no way the professor is going to get the tests graded in the next few days so you attempt to forget about it. You don’t want to think about grades anymore, anyway. You’re on break, the test is over and there’s nothing you can do about it now, dammit.

And then you sit down to dinner with your parents and before you can say “Pass the ketchup,” your dad turns to you and asks, “How did finals go?”

“I don’t want to talk about it right now, OK? My stupid professor isn’t going to post the grades for 2 weeks anyway and I did my best and there’s no changing it and that last question was so absurd. No one got it. I swear he never went over that thing once. And now I probably got a C in the class and my entire GPA is ruined. Why do you always have to nag??”

Your family goes silent.
Then someone changes the topic and you move on.

After dinner you check your grades again. Then again before bed. You wake up in the morning thinking about the test. You check your grades again. Still blank.

You try to keep busy – wrapping presents, watching TV, meeting up with home friends – but you still can’t stop thinking about it. You log in again and again. And are disappointed and stressed again and again.

Finally,  during your routine wake-up-and-check-your-grades-while-you’re-still-in-bed, you see it. That little space under to “final grade” has a number in it. A number way higher than you were expecting. You pump your fists. You do a little dance. You email everyone you know in the class to see how they did (but make sure to tone down the enthusiasm unless they bombed…). You run downstairs to find your parents.

Then, for the first time in weeks, you relax. Winter break and weeks free of studying, papers and exams can now officially begin…



  1. Vicki says:

    I totally get this. Ours were just posted this morning, and it felt so good to know after all the waiting.

  2. Beth says:

    Either that or you finally see them, stare in shock at the screen, and immediately begin coming up with mental excuses as to why your GPA is taking a bit of a plummet (the professor is foreign and has a huge accent, the professor is just an unfair grader, that one test wasn't my fault, etc)

  3. Casey says:

    Aaah! You NEVER leave an essay question blank! I had one teacher that gave this kid some points on an essay question that he totally didn't know the answer to because he came up with something hilarious to fill in the blank.

    Even if you don't know it's best to take a stab and be completely off than to not try at all and just have a big obvious blank. It definitely makes handing over the test a lot easier when the teacher flips through the test with you standing there.

    Unless the teacher deducts points for wrong answers (douchebags!), just put SOMETHING there. You always have the chance of a teacher who gives "Christmas presents" and doesn't actually grade the test, but just sees how many you answered, or is willing to give points or partial points for "making an effort", or just gives you credit because they didn't understand what the heck you said and just decided to "give it too you" or like my teacher above ^.

  4. Naima says:

    still waiting!

  5. nassrine says:

    i hate waiting for my grades.. sometimes id panic if its a huge grade and sit in front of my laptop for half an hour and keep refreshing the page and then i just give up. lol so i get up to leave and just sit back down and refresh again. its not like its going to change anything when you see it .. its just the feeling of knowing your mark and getting over the anxiety no more sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.. ugh just refreshed my page again= still no marks lol.. good luck with your marks girls!

  6. Lee says:

    I second Casey! I'm a TA, so I have spent many hours grading tests. Grading criteria is often very liberal with those first few points. People underestimate what they can receive points on. I feel bad for those people who leave it blank and receive nothing, while some people write one or two sentences of complete crap that has some key word in it, and get a point or two.

  7. Mel says:

    Or option B: You get your grades back and they weren't great at all. And then you wonder how you're going to tell you're parents. They're either a) going to be really freaking upset or b) be hella disappointed but talk over options for next semester. So you wait it out. And then when they DO ask about your terrible grades, they're going to do either option and you spend the rest of your break with a tense atmosphere. And oh wait! You live at home so you STILL have to be home anyway!

    … Damn.

  8. Waiting says:

    The wait is terrible.

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