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"Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Hatori » Wed 01.10.2007 11:24 pm

Hello. I was just wondering what would be considered to be the equivalent to a Japanese student's grades compared to an American students grade. For example, if an American student got a 78% on their homework, would it be more like a D in Japan?
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Wed 01.10.2007 11:36 pm

Japanese students basically do not get grades, at least not in a meaningful sense -- especially not on homework, of which there basically is not any (defining "homework" as something you have to do and hand in to the teacher for a grade).

The only thing that matter is whether the student can pass the entrance exam to the high school they want to go to during their third year. They can sleep through class every day and do nothing at school; as long as they pass the entrance exam nobody will ever care.
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby keatonatron » Thu 01.11.2007 12:30 am

At my Japanese language school, grades were exactly the same as America--78% would be a high C.
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Oyaji » Thu 01.11.2007 1:24 am

There is nothing like a GPA or cumulative grade. In primary school, test scores and such are simply used to see how well the students are keeping up. There is plenty of homework, but it is not graded, it is simply to make you practice what you are supposedly learning.

In junior high there are lots of tests which of course are scored, but the scores don't translate into a *grade*. You are told how your score compares with the class average, and what your rank in the class is. For standardized tests you are also told how you stack up compared to the rest of the country. This information is used to determine which high school you are most likely to be able to enter, or how much more you need to work to enter the high school of your choice. There is plenty of homework, but again, it is for practice, and is not given a grade, at least not one that lasts in any cumulative record, though if you do poorly you may have to do it again.

High school is hard to describe because there are several types of high schools, but in general tests are to see how well you are understanding (memorizing) the material, and homework is assigned for practice.

Report cards are sent home, but they are more a general assessment from the teacher. There are categories like "Understanding of the material" and "Desire to learn".
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Chenzah » Thu 01.11.2007 4:11 am

Oyaji wrote:
High school is hard to describe because there are several types of high schools


I'm interested, some one care to elaborate?
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Thu 01.11.2007 9:20 am

Agricultural high school, technical high school, "normal" high school...
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby keatonatron » Thu 01.11.2007 9:39 am

College prep school.

Not to mention that a very large number of students go to private schools, which can have a broad range of evaluation methods.
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby adriannrod » Thu 01.11.2007 11:50 am

Interesting. I want to do a student abroad for 12th grade. I done research, and it says I need a C to go. What sort of grade might that translate to?
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 01.11.2007 1:14 pm

well, it seems that you need a C to go, which would be the grade you receive at your current school.
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby ashitaka » Thu 01.11.2007 1:16 pm

a C would translate to a C.
[edit] however if your getting a C over in the states you are going to have a hard time in classes in japan[/edit]
In case you havn't read the posts above you their are no grades in japan.
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby paul_b » Thu 01.11.2007 1:22 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
Agricultural high school, technical high school, "normal" high school...

Not to forget everybody's favourite - 女子高校.

Actually I saw a very nice anime about 女子高校 a few months back, in the first episode they crushed every illusion held by the new first year students about girl-schools. :D
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby Rounin T » Thu 01.11.2007 1:43 pm

paul_b wrote:
Actually I saw a very nice anime about 女子高校 a few months back, in the first episode they crushed every illusion held by the new first year students about girl-schools. :D

Was it, by any chance, *called* 女子高校?
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby paul_b » Thu 01.11.2007 1:48 pm

Rounin T wrote:
Was it, by any chance, *called* 女子高校?

Darned if I can remember what it was called.

Did the one you're thinking of involve an incredibly smelly locker room?
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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby AJBryant » Thu 01.11.2007 2:04 pm

Not to forget everybody's favourite - 女子高校.


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RE: "Bad Grades" in Japan

Postby paul_b » Thu 01.11.2007 2:07 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Not to forget everybody's favourite - 女子高校.


I hope I'm not looking at your new .sig there.
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