The Reality of Grade Inflation

Earning straight A’s once signified levels of academic excellence and diligence unattainable by most students. Do these grades still mean as much when 40% or more of the class carries the same perfect average? Amy and Mike invited test prep professional Brian Eufinger to explore the reality of grade inflation.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What does it mean when more than half of students at a school have A averages?
  2. How common are C-level grades at public and private schools?
  3. How can high school grade inflation harm a student’s college admissions process?
  4. What role do parents play in driving grade inflation?
  5. Why are standardized test scores essential in identifying grade inflation?


Brian Eufinger graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2004. While an undergrad, he enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for Political Science 101, a resident advisor (RA) and as a volunteer paramedic with WashU’s Emergency Support Team.

He is an active member of Washington University’s Young Alumni chapter in Atlanta, as well as the WashU Alumni Admissions Interviewer Program.

Brian is frequently invited to speak about test prep, college admissions, and scholarships at PTSA meetings at Atlanta-area high schools as well as Edison Prep’s free parent meetings.

Find Brian at


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