MAT137: Calculus!

University of Toronto 2018-2019

Test 1 took place on Friday, October 19th. Click here to see the Test 1 information page (as it looked before the test).

How to see your grade and paper

  • Grades are on Quercus.
  • We have emailed you an electronic copy of your graded paper. It contains the score per page and a few comments. The email came from "Crowdmark Mailer (" with a subject line like "Crowdmark - Test 1 - Marks Available".

Solutions and comments

How to interpret the results

We aim to create fair tests, and we think this test was fair. It reflects our standards. Your grade on this test will give you honest feedback about how you are doing in this course. If you got full marks on Q8, it means you know how to write good proofs. If you got full marks on Q7, it means you understand the various definitions of limit. And so on. Now you have some feedback on how you are doing: use it wisely.

How to interpret your score:

  • If your grade is under 23/41, you may want to reconsider how you are approaching this course. We are not suggesting you drop the course, but you can get more out of MAT137 than you are currently getting. Maybe you can reconsider how much and how effectively you are studying, and make a plan for the rest of the year.
  • If your grade is under 16/41, you should seriously consider whether MAT137 is the right course for you at this moment. It is not going to get any easier. If you would like to discuss your status in the course, please reach out to any of the instructors.

Finally, here is some data. The test average among students who submitted PS1 and PS2 is 20% higher than among those who missed at least one of them, and 30% higher than among those who missed both.

What about the test average?

We are not going to release test averages. You are evaluated against absolute standards (not relative to each other). We do not grade on a curve. We never adjust test grades just because the class does "too well" or "too badly" (although we may adjust grades if we think we have given an unfair test, which is not the case here). If the class does very well on one test, we do not make the next test harder as a result, and vice versa.

We do not aim for a particular average at the end of this course, or for a certain number of As, or a certain number of Fs. The student population changes from year to year (because high-school curricula and standards change, because UofT admission standards change, because the ratio of local or international students change, because a new PoST starts or stops recommending or requiring MAT137...). We try to maintain the same standards in this course, not the same course average.

You are only compared to yourself. How other students perform in this course is irrelevant to your grade. You are not competing with them. Focus on that, please. This is not CS: you do not need to do better than others in order to make the PoST.

The only thing you need to know is that the test is fair, the grades accurately reflect our learning objectives, and we will not be adjusting these grades in any direction. If this is not the case in a future test, we will state so explicitly.

What to do if you think your grade is incorrect?

Follow the instructions here.

What to do if you missed the test?

If you missed the test due to illness or injury, please see a health care provider right away. You will need to have them fill the University of Toronto Verification of Illness or Injury form. Contact the coordinator Alfonso Gracia-Saz as soon as you can. It is okay if bringing him the form takes longer, as long as you contact him. You may email him the form, or give it to him in person in class, or during office hours. If none of these work, email to set up an appointment.