When I attended graduate school, I had a professor who gave us three letter grades on all of our essays. My first essay in his class came back with an A+/A/B+ on it. When I asked what the letters meant, he asked me why I was so desperate to know.
"So I'll know how to improve?" I asked.
He laughed to himself and told me I had a lot to learn, but never told me what the grades meant.
Some students, like me, thrive on competition. They do everything in their willpower to get that 100% or achieve that "A+" on their essays, tests and assignments. They like to see the results of their hard work on full display.
Others, though, hate the idea of getting a score for work they are supposed to do, and guess what - there are a few colleges and professors out there who tend to agree.
If your test scores cause you major anxiety, or you're always afraid of earning a letter grade you never quite understand, then consider attending one of these schools that use non-traditional grading practices. Some don't use letter grades at all!
- Evergreen State College
- Middlebury College
- New College of Florida
- University of California - Santa Cruz
Of course they have assessments; they're just not the traditional ones you're used to seeing. Here's what Evergreen has to say about it:
"Experience has shown us that these noncompetitive transcripts are valued by employers and graduate schools because they are more descriptive and revealing than traditional grades."
Perhaps my professor was onto something. Maybe he wanted me to value my work instead of his assessment of my work, but then again, maybe he just liked to frustrate the competitive types. I guess I'll never know.
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