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The key to this method is a good toss. Without a good toss, it is difficult to get a goodspread for the grading curve. It is also important to get the toss correct on the first try.Exams can get crumpled if tossed too much. They begin to look as though the professoractually read them, and this is definitely to be avoided. Additional tosses are alsoinefficient and expend needless time and energy. Note the toss in Figure 3 below. This isan example of a toss of considerable skill -- obviously the result of years of practice.Note in Figure 3 above that the exams are evenly spread out, enabling application of thecurve. Here, however, is where the experts diverge. Some contend that the curve ought tobe applied as in Figure 4 below, with the exams at the bottom of the staircase to receive alower grade than the ones higher up on the staircase.According to this theory, quality is understood as a function of being toward the top, andthus the best exams clearly are to be found in this position. Others, however, propose analternative theory (Figure 5 below).