JCQ’s “helpful” grade descriptors and a translation.

Anyone who knows anything about grading knows that grade boundaries are proportional, with a given % getting each grade. There is mountains of ‘advice’ on how to grade from OfQual and JCQ. So it seems strange that we are being encouraged to use grade descriptors (which in my opinion are unhelpfully worded) rather than base grades on historic grade boundaries.

If you’ve read the terrible descriptors, I’m sure you’ll be able to identify with this ‘tongue in cheek’ translation…

Grade 9 = Better than a grade 8
Grade 8 = Not quite a grade 9
Grade 7 = Better than a 6 but not an 8 (better than OK)
Grade 6 = Did ok
Grade 5 = Almost did ok
Grade 4 = Not quite there
Grade 3 = Scraped the surface
Grade 2 = Did slightly more than nothing
Grade 1 = Did next to nothing
U = did nothing