The way your gradebook calculates course grades depends on how you have set it up; see Using categories and weighted grades in Gradebook. The following examples illustrate how the different choices in Gradebook Setup will affect how students' course grades are calculated in a points gradebook.

### Displaying grades as points with no categories and no weighting

In this example, the instructor has set up the gradebook with no categories. The course grade is calculated as follows:

Essay 1920
Exam 193100
Exam 275100
Final Exam165200
Homework 1910
Homework 2810
Homework 31010
Total379450

Total: 379 points

Course grade: 84.22% (379/450 * 100)

### Displaying grades as points with simple categories

In this example, the instructor has set up the gradebook with simple, unweighted categories. Notice that the percentage for each category is displayed. These percentages do not affect the grade calculation.

The course grade is calculated as follows:

EssaysEssay 1920
ExamsExam 193100
Exam 275100
Final Exam165200
HomeworkHomework 1910
Homework 2810
Homework 31010
Total379450

Total: 379 points

Course grade: 84.22% (379/450 * 100)

### Displaying grades as points with weighted categories

In this example, the instructor has set up the gradebook with weighted categories. #### Category Essays (10% weight)

Essay 11920
Total1920

Total (Essays): 95% (19/20 * 100)

#### Category Exams (60% weight)

Note that in the Exams category, the items have different point values (proportional weighting). Items with a higher point value have a greater influence on the grade (e.g., the final exam is worth twice as much as Exam 1).

Exam 193100
Exam 275100
Final Exam165200
Total333400

Total (Exams): 83.25% (333/400 * 100)

#### Category Homework (30% weight)

Items in the Homework category all have the same point value (equal weighting) and influence the grade equally.

Homework 1910
Homework 2810
Homework 31010
Total2730

Total (Homework): 90% (27/30 * 100)