When I first applied to study at my present University I didn’t really think about how the campus would grade it’s students.
Some universities in Australia use bell curve grading but the place I study with requires me to pass each and every assignment or exam I’m given and the grade I get, is the grade I get. For instance if I have 4 assignments and I pass 3 of those assignment but fail 1 then I essentially fail the course and need to do make up tests/assignments.
Now I’m not what everyone else prefers but I know I prefer to be graded on my own abilities rather than depend of my classmates to inflate my grade. In my first Uni course I had to carry out two team projects and although I did work with some clever people I did find one particular person lacking my kind of attention to detail skills.
As you can imagine I became a little neurotic during this time, more so when I reviewed his contribution to the project and found it very poor indeed. Normally I wouldn’t of cared if all he was looking for was a pass but because I was looking for more than just a pass, and this was a team project, what he did or didn’t do essentially effected my grade.
As much as I like working in teams, I hated being dependant on another person for a passing grade, even if that meant a good one. This is probably why I don’t like the bell curve grading system.
Anyway, the point of this entry is to announce my first Uni grade which is a D, as in Distinction. As in I received a score between 75 – 84 out of 100. (!!!!!) And although this grade was somewhat helped by two team projects I also know that I earned every single mark that gave me that damn D too.
What kind of grading system does the University you study with use? Do you like it?