This lesson will help you better understand how points, scores, and percentages work.
Points represent how much an assignment is worth in your GradeBook.
Use this when weighting assignments. For example: My Quiz Score is 20 and Points is 10, making every question worth half a point. (Note: Make sure to not enter scores into a points field. Switch your input mode, in your GradeBooks SpreadSheet, to "Score" when entering for weighted assignments.)
A percentage may also be used (e.g., entered in the gradebook) to communicate a student's points and score. Examples are provided below.
For a 50-question test that should count as 100 points in the gradebook:
Points = 100
Score = 50
Clyde receives a SCORE of 47 out of 50 which is the same as receiving 94 out of 100 POINTS or a 94 PERCENT.
For a 100-question quiz that should count as 20 points in the gradebook:
Points = 20
Score = 100
Clyde receives a SCORE of 80 out of 100 which is the same as receiving 16 out of 20 POINTS or a 80 PERCENT.
Switch Input Mode
Most spreadsheets are set to enter grades using Points, by default. If you wish to enter a Score or Percent value instead of a Point value you will need to switch your input mode in your spreadsheet.
You can change your default Input Mode in the Preferences screen, in the Setup tab.