A Grading Thought
“A” exams validate professors’ vanity by suggesting that the exam made sense & fairly tested the course. The rest of the pile makes us feel either like terrible teachers, or gob-smacked fools who asked incomprehensible questions. Therefore, the goal of a test taker should be to write an answer that makes the exam seem like it was internally coherent. This is not the same as trying to guess the professor’s politics and bringing vomit back to the dog.
(Yes: it’s exam-grading time in Ithaca. Expect a flurry of posts from me as I try to avoid it. If you haven’t taken your exams yet this semester, re-read Solove’s tips.)