German school grading system makes no sense?

Why is a 1+ better than an 1-? Unlike in Switzerland, the aim is to achieve as small a number as possible. But a 1+ is bigger than a 1-.

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But 'first class' is better than 'second class'...

It's just a different system.

In the USA there are letters from A(ss) to F (ail).

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The + is interpreted here as more

and the - as less

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Yes more, but less is better.

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Why is less better than more? If you did more than was actually required of you, then that's an A+. If you achieved less than an A but more than a B+ then that is an A-

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There are no A-s on the certificate. They invent thatTeachers only use themselves as motivation, for example if the work was half a point short of a better grade, it is a +

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Strictly speaking, the grading system is actually in decimal numbers. 3.1 would be a 3+ and 3.9 would be a 3-.

The plus and minus are intended to make it clear whether it is a strong or weak note. The purpose of this is to motivate the students.

Minus and plus come from mathematics. Minus is little and plus is more. We Germans love brain acrobatics and make the grading system just as complicated as the pronunciation of 56,729. – The plus means that it is more towards the low number and conversely it means that the minus tends more towards the highest number.

Calculating minuses and pluses, as we know it from math, is essentially turned around to achieve the highest performance. 1 is therefore the larger number than 6.

There is no other way to explain to me who came up with this grading system, because - und + actually make no sense if you look at it mathematically correctly. Well, at least we are world champions in brain acrobatics when it comes to language.

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3.9 is 4+

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3.1 would be 3- and 3.9 would be 4+, wouldn't it?

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Yes, that's right, I screwed up, I'm sorry :P

I don't know if it's worth editing the answer. The main thing is the message that arrived and not the decimal number specifically :)

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it is not -1, but 1-

a 1+ is not greater than a 1-

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Isn't a 2+ a 1.5?

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yes

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So the top grade is 0.5?

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1.0 is 1+

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No!

In the German system it is ⅓ grades because that is how it is defined in the 15-point system!

Besides, that would be ambiguous! Should 2.5 be a 2- or a 3+?

A 2- is 2.33 and a 3+ is 2.67!

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Aside from the fact that there are no points before high school, you can't calculate like that with ordinal numbers! In addition, there are of course differences between the notes in question...