# How to Find Needed Final Score to Pass Class

Knowing what you need to score on a final exam can give you peace of mind and help you study effectively, but grading systems can be complicated, and teachers have different formulas for assigning grades. For this reason, it's difficult to guess or estimate what grade you need to pass a class. To be sure which grade you need to aim for, you'll need to calculate your grade yourself.

• Contact information for your teacher
• Calculator, pencil and paper or a spreadsheet program
• Class syllabus and/or grading scale
• All class assignments or list of grades so far

## 2List All Grades You've Earned to Date

List all of the grades you’ve earned so far, including attendance, homework and participation. If you don’t have this information, get it from your teacher. If your class uses a computer program or website, your grades may be listed there. If you have to guess at some of your grades, guess low to give yourself room for error. For example, if you think you’ve only missed three classes, assume you’ve missed five instead. When you’re aiming for a grade, it’s better to set your sights too high than too low.

## 4Subtract Your Calculation from the Total Needed to Pass

Subtract this total from the grade you need. Let’s say you need a total grade of 70 to pass the class. This gives you 16.

## 5Divide by the Percentage of the Final

Divide this number by the percentage the final is worth in your total grade. Convert this percentage to a decimal first. In this example, you would divide 16 by 0.2, giving you an 80. This means you need an 80 on the final to pass the class.