I grade on the system I was graded on as a wee one. It’s pretty simple:
A’s are 90-100 equivalent.
B’s are 80-89 equivalent.
C’s are 70-79 equivalent.
D’s are 60-69 equivalent (I’m expanding slightly here).
An F is under 60.
An F- is WELL under 60.
A C-for-horrificness is REALLY REALLY WELL under 60.
A+ = Brilliant, truly great
A = Great
A- = Extremely good
B+ = Very good
B = Good
B- = Pretty good
C+ = Above average
C = Average
C- = Below average
D+ = Below average/Unsatisfactory
D = Unsatisfactory
D- = Very unsatisfactory
F = Failure
F- = Complete failure
So you see, unlike critics who pan a movie and then give it 2 1/2 stars, the actual grade reflects the actual quality of the film.
So if you see an absolutely wretched movie (as explained in the REVIEW) graded “C” or “C-“, that means that QUALITY-wise, it’s lower than an F-. It also means that I like watching TRULY terrible films, and as far as terrible goes, this one’s a keeper.
And I don’t understand how people can get upset (and they have) at getting a B-.
A B- is exactly what it was defined as when I got them: Pretty Good.
To give a B- to something you don’t like is just stupid.
I mean, EVERY FCKEN MOVIE on review sites is at least 5.something out of 10. It’s like 1 through 4 don’t exist. If you hate a movie, don’t give it 5 f@cking stars out of 10. Give it 1. Because, you know, it’s REALLY REALLY bad. It’s on the LOW end. Not the MIDDLE …the LOW end.
So if I give a movie a D, that means exactly what it meant for me: “Unsatisfactory”.
It doesn’t mean “Abysmal failure”. It means: I grade according to actual grades.
Even in terms of F’s, there’s a HUGE variance.
Everything from 60-100 is NOT an F.
Everything from 0-59 IS an F/F-.
That means…there is MORE variation possible in failures than in non-failures.
It means…it’s HARDER to go from a 59 (F) to a 0 (Sub F-) than it is to go from a 60 (D-) to a 100 (A+).
It also means some F’s (59) are a LOT closer to not being failures than others (0).
What’s the difference, you might ask?
Well, if you show up for a test, do your best, but just do really badly and get a 59, you get an F.
If you show up for a test, sit there and draw smilie faces and “Fck you” for answers and get a 0…you get an F.
Not quite the same.
See how that works?