Study Abroad Series: 51 Swedish Grades

The grading scale of my university in Sweden was different from the grading scale of my university in Italy. There were 7 possible grades: A, B, C, D, E, FX, and F.

In Thailand, we had only 5 grades: A, B, C, D, and F. So, I was not familiar with E and FX.

To pass the course, you needed to get A, B, C, D, or E. FX meant Insufficient or supplementation required, and F meant fail.

To be honest, I do not know why they had the FX grade and I still do not see the different of FX and F.

The same thing between studying in Sweden and Italy was students had 3 chances to take an exam. If a student was not ready, he/she would still have 2 more chances to take an exam. This was the thing that I liked much. One teacher told me that as a student it was great, but as a teacher it was not so great. Teaching was done in 2 months, but the teacher had to check the exam throughout the year.

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There was one course that the teacher assigned a group assignment to students. I was in the same group with the other 2 Chinese students. The teacher was a little bit anxious with my group. He told me that he was not sure about studying in Thailand, but he knew that studying in China was different from in Sweden. He tried to explain us that in Sweden the study was not just about pass or fail. After submitting the assignment, the teacher would give us comments and we might need to redo the assignment and submit it again. It was how Swedish learned.

I had heard that a student submitted his assignment in one page A4 to a teacher, and he got comments in two pages A4 from the teacher. Such a long list of comments!

I did not like it much in the beginning; I did not like to redo the assignment again. But after doing the thesis, I found that the comments I got from my advisor were valuable and I learned a lot from them.

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