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Pass/Fail metric

Metric consisting of two levels: pass or fail relative to a certain cut-score on a scale, or as a percentage of the total score. Sometimes the pass group maybe further divided in ‘pass with distinction’, ‘pass with first division’, and so on.

Métrique réussite/échec

Métrique composée de deux niveaux: réussite ou échec par rapport à un certain score de coupe sur une échelle, ou en pourcentage du score total. Parfois, on subdivise le groupe «réussite» en sous-groupe «réussite avec distinction», «réussite première division», etc.

Métrica de aprobación o reprobación

Métrica consistente en dos niveles: aprobar o reprobar relativo al puntaje de corte de la escala, o como porcentaje del puntaje total. En ocasiones, el grupo aprobado puede ser subdividido en categorías como “aprobado con honores”, “aprobado con distinción”, etc.