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Well I'm not familiar with the Spanish system, but here in France it's kind of rare (I think, will Jérome or Agnès or others agree?). It has something to do with France liking to punish its children.

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by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Mar 26th, 2006 at 04:07:21 AM EST
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I'd told that, especially in philosophy, that is an extremela rare ocurrance. But I also refused to accept the conventional wisdom that in humanities exams the more you write, the better. I used to write my answers short and to the point, and was done in about 2/3 pages when some of my classmates would write up to 10 in school exams. It sort of helps when the university access exam allows a maximum of 4 pages.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 26th, 2006 at 05:43:02 AM EST
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Yup, when I chatted with my poli sci professor about grading, he said the essence of grading was to sniff out the best. The best ones, he said, were those which he can read "diagonally" (which in Japanese means from the top-right to the down-left) without bothering to read the entire stuff vertically.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Sun Mar 26th, 2006 at 08:22:38 AM EST
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