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How to: create a non-numeric grading scale

This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onward.

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

  1. In your module go to the 'Hamburger menu' and select Grades

Grades in Hamburger menu

2. Click on the drop-down at the top and choose 'View' under Scales

View selected in Grader report menu

3. Click 'Add a new scale' at the bottom of the page

Add new scale button

4. Give it a general "Name" e.g. Letters

5. Write the scale options from negative to positive separated by commas e.g. F, E, D, C, B, A or Fail, Pass

6. Click 'Save changes'

Adding details on scale

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

  1. Go into the Assignment
  2. Click on the 'Cogwheel' in the top right and select 'Edit settings'
  3. In the Grade section select
    1. For "Type", select 'Scale'
    2. For "Scale",  choose the name of your scale e.g. 'Letters'
  4. Click 'Save and return to module'

Setting the Grade settings to Scale

Grading using the scale

  • Go into the assignment
  • Click the 'View all submissions' link
  • Click on the 'Pencil' to access the individual student's marking page
  • In the Grade section click on the "Grades" dropdown and select the appropriate scale option

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