Grading System Is Better Than Marks Essaytyper

Posted: 18 May 2016 at 10:59am | IP Logged

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It's all about precision, who is correcting the answer paper and who is using the grades/marks to do what.

Marks are supposed to be more precise but then why stop with whole numbers? Why can't we get into decimals? 98% is still less than 98.1%, isn't it?

Who is awarding the marks/grades and on what basis? For instance, in math, I could get the right answer but if I don't show the work, how much should be cut out of the max possible number for that question? Where is that defined? In science, if I don't get the definition right, but still express the idea in my own words, what should be my mark? If it is not defined, how does it matter whether it is a grade or a mark? is there a guarantee that the teacher is uniformly applying the same standard when awarding the grades/marks?

Letter grades like A+, A, A-, B+, B, B- etc can be precise too. We know what they denote. If someone is looking for a better precision then we are getting into the realm of hair splitting.

But where demand is high, admissions are tougher, because schools/colleges have to be more selective, in which case there is no other alternative to splitting hairs. It has to be done which means marks over letter grades.*

Letter grades can prove very disadvantageous too when computing the GPA. Whereas the difference between 89% and 90% is only 1%, the GPA difference between a B and a A (where a 89% translated into a B and a 90% translated into an A) could be substantial.

Both have their own merits and demerits I suppose. Tough to argue in favor of any one system.

*Editing to add that, most colleges as well as employers looking for freshmen/freshers don't make letter grades the be-all-end-all criterion for selection. Extracurricular activities like sports, leadership skills, participation in academic clubs, community service etc also carry a lot of weight. Which is why, a little difference in percentage points between two candidates shouldn't matter.






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  • We need to know where we are standing

    Then only we can realize what is needed and how can it be fulfilled that's what same goes with marking system. Marks are Supportive You can pass out from school easily with grades ,but what about the competitive world? You'll easily be left out with two or three marks . Getting adjusted to marking system from an early age helps a lot in later life .
    People say grades give students relaxation but I say ' NO PAIN NO GAIN '

  • Marks are Supportive

    You can pass out from school easily with grades ,but what about the competitive world? You'll easily be left out with two or three marks . Getting adjusted to marking system from an early age helps a lot in later life .
    People say grades give students relaxation but I say ' NO PAIN NO GAIN '

  • Marks are Best

    People say grades don't give students much stress but I say ' NO PAIN... NO GAIN ' ....
    OVERALL GRADING MAY HELP IN SCHOOLING but in reality they stand no where . Marks show the original 'us' which motivates us to improve in our academics . Competitive spirit is very important in today's world

  • People say grading system doesn't give the student too much of stress but I say ' NO PAIN ... NO GAIN '

    Overall ability might help in schooling but in reality it stands no where ... Being very able in a particular thing is very important in today's world ... Schools prefer grades as it doesn't show the inability of weak students but in this process the intelligent ones are deprived of a healthy competition

  • To maintain competition

    Of course marking system is better than grading system .
    You can pass your school easily with grading system but what will you do in competitive exams?? They don't give you grades for your performance . You can be left out just because of 2-3 marks . So schools should also follow mark system so as to prepare our mind for competitive exams.

  • Marks are better

    Marks r better as with marks we can know our actual place where we are standing but with grades eek can't know that where is are place as the student with 89 marks is getting A grare same the student with 81 marks is also getting A grade so I think that marks r better than grades

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  • No, grading system is far better than marking

    I belive that if a child got 89% then his heart will breake and he will fill guilt but if he get A2 then he will try to develope his strength. He can understand the situation and can compete with other students. In this system mark is given according to how much a student understood not how much he by-hearted.

  • Marking is better

    For intelligent students, marking is the right option.

    Otherwise he/ she will also be in the same slab, in which the other 10 percent students having lesser marks.

    Suppose a student with B grade having 61% marks in actual will be equal to another student with 69% marks but B grade only. What is the fault of the student with 69%.

  • Marking is better

    For intelligent students, marking is the right option.

    Otherwise he/ she will also be in the same slab, in which the other 10 percent students having lesser marks.

    Suppose a student with B grade having 61% marks in actual will be equal to another student with 69% marks but B grade only. What is the fault of the student with 69%.

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