Why Students With Same Number of Points Can Have Different Grades

BYU Grades in BYU Learning Suite allows instructors to easily record and track students’ grades throughout the semester. The Overall Score column in BYU Grades displays the overall grade each student has earned according to the assignments and exams that have been scored so far.

Occasionally, students’ may end up with the same number of points in the Overall Score column but different percentages or letter grades. This can happen for two reasons:

  1. Students have unscored assignments or exams

  2. Weighted category grading is used for the course

 

Students Have Unscored Assignments or Exams  

Students may have the same number of points, but different percentages or letter grades because the Overall Score column does not take unscored assignments into consideration.

Consider this example. In the picture below, the course consists of three assignments: reading, participation, and a final exam.

  • Student one received a 24/25, 1/1, and 25/30, respectively, on the assignments.

  • Student two received 25/25 for reading and 25/30 for the final exam but has not been given a grade for participation.

This scenario gives the two students the same number of points, 50, but different percentages and letter grades because student 2 has not received a grade for participation.

 

Weighted Category Grading is Used for the Course

Students may have the same number of points, but different percentages or letter grades because the course uses a weighted grade scale.

Consider this example. In the picture below, the course consists of three assignments: reading, participation, and a final exam. The category weights are 30%, 20%, and 50% respectively.

The students’ grades are such that they received the same number of total points, 51. However, because the final exam is worth 50% of students’ grades and student one scored better on the final exam than student two, student one has an A while student two has an A-.

 

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