Why are high school exams in the US so easy?

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  • Why are high school exams in the US so easy?


Answer #1 | 02/01 2014 12:07
Answer #2 | 02/01 2014 12:15
First and third world are political distinctions and should have nothing to do with the quality of education. You are extrapolating from a small sample, one H.S. in one state. That's hardly enough to come to a conclusion about all U.S. high school exams. Something tells me that you would have come to a different conclusion if you had gone to my H.S. We used to raise our grades quite a bit in the semesters that we were given the state-wide exams.
Answer #3 | 02/01 2014 12:16
The systems are different in that respect, though equally as difficult. In South Africa, a 75% is considered an "A" or very close to it (if I remember correctly). In America, you need over a 90% to get an A. This is by design- ISGCE's are designed to be more challenging while grading, and American exams are designed to be easier. However, just because you get a higher percentage score on a test does not mean that it's a better grade. a 75% in SA is NOT equal to an 75% in America- it's actually worse. I hope I didn't confuse you with that. In simple terms, a 75% in South Africa is equal to a 93% in the USA. If you get an 87%, you aren't doing as well. While tests are harder in SA, you still have to put in the same amount of effort to get an A.

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