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Rhialto

How Important is receiving Top Marks?

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As the title asks. Will this have Y2 rewards? Also, must one be the top scorer in the exams to get any in-game reward, or is it sufficient to be near the top? And will there be rewards for each course so excelled in, or is it only for overall performance?

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Yes there will be upsides and downsides in be the best. First natural there will be students envy of you and might do everything to replace you as best in year 2. 

Then have a look at my year 2 topic about the planed extra class 

 

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I just finished a playthrough in which my character gained top marks for all final exams - no student had a higher grade. The social and adventuring life of my character was non-existent. I hope that in Y2 being such a good student in Y1 will have rewards. If we were to have a Y2 Course list, we could better understand the significance of having an extra course slot.

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Rhi;

Well, there's top marks, and then there's top marks. There's a minor reward for breaking the system utterly, but it's nothing earth-shattering. ;)

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How do you know you have the top mark? You just check that you had the highest score on the final? Or is there a special message?

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Yes, I checked my character's final exam score against those of others in all of the character's classes.

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Rhialto;

The reward hasn't been revealed yet, alas! :)

Deciduous;

Although you can find out yourself, your character will learn in game via their report from the University over summer vacation.

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Also keep in mind that to find the real score counting for year 2 you also have to calculate the mid term exam in.

Check out Exam Dates and Details at the Wikia Exams: Guide there you see that for some class the mid term result make up to 20% of the final result for year 2.

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You can check out my Gradebook thread if you're interested in calculating your class grade from both exam results. It requires inputting a lot of data, however.

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Are the mod tools capable of picking out the top 5 scores from an exam? If so, this is going on my "to mod" list.

How does this sound:

Midterms:

  • +2 Merit for top scorer in an exam, possibly a memory for later use.
  • +1 Merit for 2nd through 5th.

Finals:

  • +5 Merit for top scorer
  • +4 Merit for 2nd
  • etc

This seems the sort of things Merit gets used for. Additional complications would award further Merit if a character got the top mark in 4, 5, or all of her classes.

Players would get a nice summary message. Characters would get a reward for their hard work. Colleges would have further reason to celebrate the efforts of their most studious.

(Top 5 is chosen arbitrarily. I can also see having a top 5 for midterms to encourage people and a top 3 for finals.)

(If the program can support it, ties would push the next rank down. So, 2 people tie for 2nd, the next qualifying rank is 4th. But multiple people can share last place, so 3 people could tie for 5th which would allow 7 students to share the top 5.)

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Sadly, the mod tools cannot do anything with exam scores. As far as I know, at least.

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We suggested get merit for high exam scores years back and got parental approval for max study instead. So no unless they rewrite part of the game code it appears to be impossible even for BCS them self.

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Exam scores are only for Y2, really. If you do badly, you get punished in Y1 but that's about it.

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No there isn't even in the recalculation of your year 1 exam score at the start of year 2 you probably still best of the year with a average exam score of 150.

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