Category Weighting Examples

Canvas uses Proportional Weight when determining grades in a weighted category. Here’s an example of how that works for a Tests category:

Example 1: All the same points possible

Test A

100

100

Test B

90

100

Test C

80

100

Equal Weight (number of assignments)

(100% + 90% + 80%) / 3 (number of assignments) = 90%

Proportional Weight (number of points possible)

(total points earned/total points possible)100/100 + 90/100 + 80/100 = 270/300 = 90%

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Example 2: Different points possible

Test A

100

100

Test B

90

100

Test C-1

40

50

Test C-2

40

50

Equal Weight (number of assignments)

(100% + 90% + 80% + 80%) / 4 (number of assignments) = 87.5%

Proportional Weight (number of points possible)

(total points earned/total points possible) 100/100/ + 90/100 + 40/50 + 40/50 = 270/300 = 90%

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Weighted Grades Example

In this example, the final grade is going to based on two categories: 30% for assignments and 70% for tests. Here’s how the student’s final grade is determined by Canvas:

Example 3

Student Score

Weight

Score

Assignments

100%

X

30%

=

30%

Tests

90%

X

70%

=

63%

Final Grade

93%

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