Set up a Grade Scale

The Grade Scale tab found in BYU Grades is the grade scale that will be used to determine students’ final grades in the course. It is recommended that the same grade scale is used throughout the entire semester because changes during the semester can cause grading discrepancies and/or student confusion.

Note: Additional grade calculations can be created in the Final Grades tab. Click here for more information. Click here for more information about creating customized grade scales for individual assignments. 

To set the grade scale for your Learning Suite course, go to BYU Grades and select Grade Scale from the Grades navigation menu.


Select the desired grade scale option from the Scale drop down menu. BYU Learning Suite has four grade scale options:

Note: There are two different point grade scales; Points and Scaled Points. Points is a true points grade scale that uses the total number of points possible in the course. Scaled Points, however, is a mix between points and percent that scales the total points possible to a maximum points possible entered in the grade scale.

If deciding between Points and Scaled Points, it is recommended to use the Points grade scale. Scaled Points will eventually be phased out of Learning Suite.



The percent grade scale allows you to assign letter grades based on percentages. In the field next to each letter, enter the lowest percentage a student must earn to receive that letter grade.

Note: Final grades will be truncated to two decimal points. For example, 93.556 will appear as 93.55.



The points method displays the number of points possible in the course. It automatically calculates the total points possible from assignments and exams created in Learning Suite.


In the field next to each letter, enter the lowest number of points a student must earn to receive that letter grade.


This grade scale cannot be used if you use weighted categories. The following warning message appears if you select the points grade scale and you currently use weighted categories.


Select Use a different grade scale or Change to total points.

Scaled Points

The scaled points method allows you to set a maximum points possible value for the course. This value does not need to be the same as the 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 students’ scores would be multiplied by 1.47 (1000/680). So, a student who earned 550 out of 680 actual points possible would get 808.5 out of 1000 maximum points possible (550 x 1.47 = 808.5).

Enter the total number of points possible in the Maximum field to begin setting up this grade scale. In the field next to each letter, enter the minimum number of points a student must earn to receive that letter grade. The minimum values should be based off of the maximum score, not the actual points possible.



A distribution grade scale could also be referred to as “grading on a curve.” In the field next to each letter, enter the percentage of students that will achieve each letter grade. For example, a distribution grade scale where A is reserved for 4% of students and A- is reserved for 5%, will give A’s to the top 4% of students with the highest score and then A-’s to the next 5% of students with the highest scores. The sum of the percentages must total 100%.

Note: Because the distribution grade scale cannot be fully calculated until the end of the semester, the instructor should make students aware that the grade shown during the semester is not the grade they would receive if the class ended at the time it is viewed. It will change throughout the semester depending on how students do in contrast to other students in the class. If there are any ungraded assignments or missing scores, the distribution will not reflect the true impact of those scores.


Select Save and Continue after the desired grade scale has been set up.


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