Friday, April 10, 2015

Have you ever been a borderline candidate?

It's not a nice thing to be a borderline candidate because, to my mind, it can be unfair. But first things first... Who is a borderline candidate?

It's a person who can score the number of points in a test or an exam that is around the required passing threshold. For example, if you're taking part in a three-stage competition, the organizer's policy can state that all borderline candidates are not allowed to go to another level of the competition, which is not fair as far as I'm concerned.

Why is it NOT fair? There are many reasons to justify my disagreement with this kind of approach to borderline candidates but I'd like to focus on just one... There are different types of people who sit exams or do tests and due to many factors their mental or physical condition may not be just perfect on the day of an exam. It may be a person who had had problems before the exam or who had been down with some illness... Why should these candidates be turned down in case they score plus/minus a few points around the required minimum? What about those who assess exams? Are they always objective and fair? Well, well, well... I wouldn't be so sure.

Do you have any experiences of having been a borderline candidate?

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