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DOE-HDBK-1080-97
To arrive at the area grade, count the grade assigned to the higher
importance questions twice and those of lower importance once. Therefore,
if two questions were high importance and five questions were low
importance the total number of grades averaged would be nine. Using this
method gives added weight to the higher importance questions.
An example of the grading method mentioned, using HI for high importance questions and
LO for low importance questions, is:
The trainee received the following grades from a board member; (1) 3.7 (HI);
(2) 3.4 (LO); (3) 2.8 (HI); (4) 3.8 (LO); (5) 3.7 (LO); (6) 2.9 (LO); (7) 3.6 (HI);
(8) 3.2 (LO).
3.7+3.7+3.4+2.8+2.8+3.8+3.7+2.9+3.6+3.6+3.2 = 37.2.
Divide 37.2 by 11 and the area grade is 3.38.
Appendix B is an example of an individual board member grading sheet (the above grading
method was used to calculate the area grade for the Theory and Abnormal Operations
areas which have high and low importance questions). The area grades are given to the
board chair to determine the overall board grade.
The oral board chair should transfer each board member's area grades to the oral board
facility oral examination procedure should describe how to derive the overall area grade and