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Relative grading

Relative grading is a system of assessment whereby teachers in some university and college classes determine student grades by comparing them against those of their peers. Unlike the system of absolute grading, where a student’s score on a given test or assignment directly converts into a letter grade (for example, 10/10 is A+; 9/10 is A, etc.), relative grading means students’ marks fluctuate depending on how they did compared to others in class.

Relative grading refers to a system of evaluation that allows educators to convert the outcomes of a student’s test, project or assignment and adjust that final grade in relation to grades from other students in the course. Relative grading is similar to bell curving or grading on a curve, and considers the highest score as the baseline (A+), relatively adjusting all others compared to that score.