Several factors influence how you calculate your final grade for a class. You must know how course assignments, tests, quizzes, and participation grades are weighted when determining your final grade to complete this task.
The best way to find this information is to consult the syllabus that your teacher or professor gave you. Calculating your final grade should be easy once you’ve determined the number of assignments, the weighted value of each project, and your score on each project.
Throughout the term, keep track of your grades for each assignment, quiz, and homework.
This information is often gathered for you online, such as in a system like Blackboard. You’ll have to go over your graded work from time to time. To make it easier to remember, write them all down in one column on a piece of paper.
If things like Participation or debate are weighted as percentages of your final grade, you may need to inquire about your grade on this section with your teacher or professor.
The grading system is explained in the syllabus. Teachers use various methods to calculate final grades, but points and percentages are the most common. In the second column, next to the score you got, write out the total possible points.
You should do this even if your tasks are graded on a percentage scale or a different total. Add the first column’s numbers together and write the total at the bottom. Add the numbers in the second column together to get the total.
Assume you have a total of five graded course activities. Two of these activities included 20-point examinations. Two of these activities were ten-point quizzes each. The final activity was a five-point assignment.
To get a percentage grade, divide your total points earned by the total number of points available. To put it another way, divide the number below the first column by the number below the second column.
It would help if you converted the decimal to a percentage to get a more standard grade. Multiply the decimal by 100 to get the answer. Another option is to move the decimal point two places to the right.
To determine your final grade, you’ll need to know your class’s grading scale. Some schools use letter grades (such as A, B, B-, and so on), while others use a point system (ex. 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, etc…).
These scales are all based on percentages that correspond to the total number of points that can be earned in a class.
This means that specific grades account for a more significant portion of your overall grade. For instance, your grade could be 30 percent participation, four quizzes worth 10% each, and a final exam worth 30%. The tricky part is figuring out how your participation grades and final exam affect your grade, especially since they are three times as important as each quiz grade.
To make things easier to keep track of, separate your grades and the total points available in separate columns. After that, multiply each number by the weighted amount. Make a new column to keep track of these figures.
When you multiply each score by its weighted percentage, add the total number of points you earned and the total points possible. Divide the sum of all your weighted points by the sum of all the by the total weighted number of points. Divide the total sum of all of your weighted points from the total weighted number of points.
Compare your final percentage grade to your class grading scale now that you’ve calculated your final percentage grade while accounting for the weighted assignments. For instance, A=93-100, B=85-92, etc.