Pfhorrest wrote:I had a professor at university (in California) who was British in origin (Scottish I think) and used what he claimed was the normal grading scheme out there, which freaked out a lot of his (American) students until he explained it. Seems they don't neglect the bottom half of the numeric scale where he comes from, so a middle grade (passing, "C") out of 10 is a 5, a middle grade out of 100 is 50, etc. 75/100 is a B, 100/100 is a perfect A of course, 25/100 is a D, and 0/100 is of course a fail.
Needless to say, plenty of American students who are used to <60% being a failingly bad grade panicked when assignments came back graded "5/10", only to be assured that no, they are passingly average as a normal sensible non-American person would expect from a grade of half the available points. The professor thought the American system was a product of coddling and making sure that everybody ended up "above average"; I always figured it was because 50% was the noise base, what you would expect from random guessing, and so anything above that indicated a signal of actual knowledge. Does anybody here know the true origin of the American-style system (60 = D, 70 = C, 80 = B, 90 = A)?
My professors seem to like to grade like that (5/10 is more or less average)... But then they pass it on to the 90% A, 80% B, etc. system to make it really hard to do well.