Video Game “S” Grade Is An Actual Grade Above “A” in Japan

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Many video gamers are familiar with seeing an “S” ranking flash across their screens after an exceptional performance, signaling a score higher than the standard “A.” However, it turns out this coveted grade is not just a creation of game developers, but has real-world origins – in the Japanese education system.

In Japan, each school has a different grading system. Many universities use the following set of categories:

Grade in Japanese (Kanji)English translationCorresponding percentage
shū (秀)Exemplary, excellentS (90–100%), rarely given
 (優)Very goodA (80–89%)
ryō (良)GoodB (70–79%)
ka (可)Average, passC (60–69%)
nin (認)Approved, acceptableD (50–59%), uncommon
fuka (不可)Unacceptable, failedF (0–59% or 0–49%)

The “S (shū)” grade in Japan represents a score between 90-100% and signifies “exemplary” work. It sits above the A grade, which encompasses scores from 80-89%, and is only rarely given out to students, making it a highly prestigious designation. Those who earn S grades demonstrate mastery and go above and beyond normal excellence.

Just as achieving an S rank in Japanese video games requires extraordinary talent and effort, Japanese schools reserve the S for only their most outstanding students.

So the next time you earn an on-screen S rank, know that it may reflect modes of achievement rooted in the real world. In Japan, mastering school subjects takes dedication fitting of video game heroes – maybe we could all strive for such mythical accomplishments, pixelated or not!

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