What is the difference between a grading category calculated by Total Pts and a grading category calculated by Percent?

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Create new grading categories in the Grade Setup area of your Schoology Course. Grading categories allow graded items to be placed in a course Gradebook. You can learn more about Grading Categories in our full help article on the Gradebook: Courses:Gradebook.

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You can adjust grading categories to calculate by Total Pts (this is the default setting) as well as by Percent. These options can vary the outcomes of a student's overall grade in the course.

For example, if the grading category calculates by total points:

  •  If a student scores 6/6 on an item,
  •  And also scores 60/100 on an item,
  • Total, the student has an average of total points (66/106=62%).

If the grading category calculates by percent:

  • The students scores 6/6 on the first item, and so receives a 100% 
  • If a student scores 60/100 on an item, the grade for the item is 60%.
  • Total, the student has an average of the percentages, regardless of the total maximum points for each item (80%)

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