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How to mark exams

From Concurring Opinions (hat tip: TechnoLlama):

It’s that time of year again. Students have taken their finals, and now it is time to grade them. It is something professors have been looking forward to all semester. Exactness in grading is a well-honed skill, taking considerable expertise and years of practice to master. The purpose of this post is to serve as a guide to young professors about how to perfect their grading skills and as a way for students to learn the mysterious science of how their grades are determined.

Grading begins with the stack of exams, shown in Figure 1 below.


The next step is to use the most precise grading method possible. There never is 100% accuracy in grading essay exams, as subjective elements can never be eradicated from the process. Numerous methods have been proposed throughout history, but there is one method that has clearly been proven superior to the others. See Figure 2 below.


Continue reading Dan Solove’s hilarious post on Concurring Opinions. (Thanks Dan for explaining and updating this time-honoured marking system, and Andres for bringing it my attention). Now that I know what to do, I can’t wait for this summer’s scripts …

5 Responses to “How to mark exams”

  1. Eoin says:

    At the end of the post linked above, Dan Solove commented:

    DISCLAIMER FOR THE GULLIBLE: This post is a joke. I do not grade like this. Instead, I use an even more advanced method — an eBay grade auctioning system.

    Now, on the same blog, Nate Oman develops the grade auction idea, concluding:

    The real value of the auction system, however, is that it could transform the stack of exams on my desk from hours of discomfort into cold, hard cash. Who can be against that?

  2. Eoin says:

    Rather more seriously, on the same blog, Dan Solove asks Should We Get Rid of the Law School In-Class Essay Exam?, Ethan Leib on PrawfsBlawg muses on In-Class vs Take-Home — and Splitting the Difference, whilst Doug Berman on Law School Innovation has begun Urging exam (and paper) innovations.

  3. […] if you’ve made it this far, let me recommend once again that you treat yourself to the classic guide to grading […]

  4. […] you liked this, have a look at my earlier posts on the same […]

  5. […] will blog about it when it is handed down. Now, in the meantime, perhaps I had better reconsider my marking techniques! If you like this post, please click on this link to pass it on. Thanks! […]

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