The purpose of a public examination is to spread out, and to distinguish between, candidates, so that their performance can be related to that of their peers. However much egalitarians may desire it, it can never be the attainment of some theoretical standard, like a driving test.
The present system of grading is grossly unjust because one mark can separate critical grades that some employers and sixth-form selectors still regard as a pass/fail boundary. It would be far fairer if each certificate recorded the candidate's rank-order in each subject, together with the total number who sat that exam.
Why should not a candidate who has actually come first out of 20,000 receive credit, rather than be lumped with all the others who scored more than, say, 65 per cent of the marks? This would allow the end-users of the examination to make their own judgements about the candidate when compared with those with whom he or she is competing.
San Pablo de Buceite
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