[DWJ] Re: Congratulations, and an OT question

Anna Zofia Skarzynska ania.s at tiscali.co.uk
Tue May 9 17:02:53 EDT 2006

I don't know how this works in schools, because I didn't go to school in 
Britain. University marks work like this:

40%- pass
over 70%- 1st.

I can't remember how the marks in between work out; I think 63% is either a 
2.1 or a 2.2. Not exceptional, but certainly respectable. It might be that 
50%-3rd, 60%- 2.2, 65%- 2.1, but I'm not sure.

While 70% seems like not a lot to get a first, in my first undergraduate 
year at college no essay was ever marked above 70% (as a matter of policy, I 
think), so getting even near that was an achievement. In the 2nd and 3rd 
year a mark above 70% was possible but rare.

The archives course students were all highly motivated postgraduates and 
even then getting anything over 60 % was pretty damn good. I was chuffed to 
bits when I got 73% for an assignment on electronic records, of all things- 
I think that was my best mark that year. I was one of the best at 
palaeography and my end of year mark for that was 68%. So from the 
perspective of this course I did well.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kyra Jucovy" <klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu>
To: "Diana Wynne Jones" <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Re: Congratulations, and an OT question

> On Tue, 9 May 2006, Puszczewicz,  Laurie Anne wrote:
>> Congratulations to Ania on the dissertation, and the job, and the ten
>> pound note.  Your post also brought up a question thatc I'll ask to the
> What number are we up to now?  Anyway, I concur!
>> So, international list, anyone want to share grading around the world?
> When I spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh, I
> had a lot of trouble getting used to the grading system there.  I can't
> remember it all that well, but I _think_ 80% or above may have
> corresponded to an A, or maybe it was even as low as 70%.  One way or
> another, it was very confusing to me, especially since I was told that it
> was more or less impossible to get above 90%.  In the American system,
> for those who don't know, 90% is the cut-off level for an A.  I had a lot
> of trouble working out what my letter grades would be based on my number
> grades.
> ---Kyra
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