How do I Calculate a Weighted Final Grade?

Calculating a Weighted Final Grade

Creating a weighted column that calculates the final/overall grade for each of your students is one of the most useful features of the grade center. Columns and categories (groups of columns) can have percentage “weights” applied to them according to the grade breakdown in your syllabus. For example:

  • Quizzes 25%
  • Homework 25%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Participation 10%

The Final Exam and Participation grades would each be single grades that live in their own columns. All you need to do is apply the appropriate percentage weight to those columns.However, the average of all quiz grades and the average of all homework grades each make up 25% of the grade. To weight the average of a group of grades like this, you would create grade categories for each average. That means you need to create a category for “Homework” and a category for “Quizzes.” You would then associate all quiz grades with the “Quizzes” category and associate all homework grades with the “Homework” category. You can then apply the appropriate percentage weights to each category when you are creating the final grade weighted column. Watch the video below to see this process this in action.If you are in need of further assistance please email us at ithelp@umassd.edu