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How to: create a non-numeric grading scale

Rather than using points to grade assignments you can grade using a scale e.g. 'Pass or Fail' or using letters instead of numbers.

Creating a scale

  • In your module go to the Administration block > Grades
  • Click on the drop-down at the top and choose Scales > view
  • Click 'Add a new scale'
  • Give it a general name e.g. 'Letters'
  • Write the scale options from negative to positive separated by commas e.g. F, E, D, C, B, A or Fail, Pass
  • Click save changes

Note:  once created and used the scale can not be amended, only deleted or the name of the scale can be changed.

Applying the scale to a Moodle Assignment dropbox

  • Go into the settings of the dropbox
  • In the Grade section select
    • Type = Scale
    • Scale = choose the name of your scale e.g. 'Letters'
  • Click Save and return to module

Grading using the scale

  • Go into the dropbox
  • Click the 'View/grade all submissions' link
  • Click on the grey pencil to access the individual student's marking page
  • In the Grade section click on the Grades dropdown and select the appropriate scale option


Queries, comments or questions?

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