Course Grade Scale

The Grade Scale tab found in BYU Grades is the scale that will be used to determine students’ final grades in the course.

Note: Instructors may add to or change grade calculations throughout the year, especially when submitting final grades. Because of this, the grade that appears in BYU Grades may differ from the final grade you receive.

 

 

BYU Learning Suite offers four grade scales for instructor use:

Percent

Grades are based on the percentage of points earned from the total points possible. The column on the right displays the minimum percentage students must earn to receive the corresponding letter grade shown in the column on the left.  

Note: Final grades are truncated to two decimal points. For example, 92.995 will appear as 92.99.

Points

Grades are determined by the number of points earned from the total number of points possible. The column on the right displays the minimum total points students must earn in order to receive the corresponding letter grade shown in the column on the left.

Scaled Points

Grades are determined in a mix between points and percent. The instructor sets a maximum points possible for the grade scale that does not need to equal the number of actual points possible in the course. For example, if the maximum points possible is 1000 and the actual points possible is 680, the course will be scaled accordingly. This means that if you get 550 out of 680 actual points possible you would get 808.5 out of 1000 maximum points possible ((1000/680) x 550 = 808.5).

Distribution

This scale could also be referred to as “grading on a curve.” Distribution scales are used to target a certain GPA. The column on the right shows the percentage of students that will achieve each letter grade. For example, the grade scale below shows that an A grade is reserved for the 4% of students with the highest scores, and that an A- grade is reserved for the 5% of students with the next highest scores.  

Note: Distribution grade scales reflect a student’s grade compared to the other students in the class. Grades are subject to change throughout the semester depending on student performance. Additionally, the distribution will not reflect the true impact of missing or ungraded assignments.

 

Questions? Contact the OIT Service Desk (801.422.4000, it@byu.edu).