Moodle 3.2: Weight Items or Categories in the Gradebook

Applies to: Moodle 3.2.

The Moodle gradebook allows for weights to be applied to both grade categories and single graded items. Weights are used to have the value of the grade of a particular activity be worth more or less than the point value of that activity represents.

  • Example: The final exam has a potential score of 100 points. There are several 10-point quizzes throughout the course that add up to 100 points as well. However, the final exam is worth 30% of the total course grade, while all the quizzes together are only worth 5%. This scenario can be set up in the Moodle gradebook using weighting.

The sum of the weights for items and categories at the course level must total 100%. You may mix the weighting of individual items and categories to reach 100%.

Note: When making any changes in weights, it is good practice to make all changes at the course level and category level at the same time and then Save changes (see blue button on the bottom of the Gradebook setup page). If you try to change them one at a time, Moodle will alter the numbers to force them to equal one hundred.

Weighting Items

Note: To give weight to an individual item (i.e. make the course final exam be worth 30% of the total course grade), that item cannot be in a category in the grade book.

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Grades setup.
  3. Select Gradebook setup from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
  4. Check the box for the item you want to weight. Once the checkbox is selected, the box to enter the weight for the grade will turn white and allow you to type in a new value.
    arrow pointing to the checkbox that must be selected for the custom weight to be applied.

  5. Enter a weight value for the item. Do not uncheck the box.
    Note: When making any change to Moodle's natural weighting, leave the selected items checked after you save.
  6. Repeat for any remaining items that need individual weight.
    • If you are manually weighting all the items in the gradebook, confirm that the sum of all weights equals 100%.
    • If you are leaving some items alone, Moodle will calculate and adjust the appropriate weightings to total 100% for the course.
  7. Scroll down and click Save changes.

    The selected items will hold the values you have set, and Moodle will apply the natural weighting aggregation to the remaining values to create a total sum of weights equal to 100%.

Weighting Categories

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    1. Click Select Gradebook setup
  3. Check the box for the category you want to weight. Once the checkbox is selected, the box to enter the weight will turn white and allow you to type in a new value.
    arrow pointing to the checkbox that must be selected for the custom weight of a category to be applied.
  4. Enter a weight value for the category. Do not uncheck the box.
    Note: When making any change to Moodle's natural weighting, leave the selected items checked after you save.
  5. Repeat for the remaining categories that need to be weighted.
    1. If you are manually weighting all the categories in the gradebook, confirm that the sum of all category weights equals100%.
    2. If you are leaving some categories alone, Moodle will calculate and adjust the appropriate weightings to total 100% for the course.
  6. Scroll down and click Save changes.

    The selected categories will hold the values you have set, and Moodle will apply the natural weighting aggregation to the remaining category values to create a total sum of weights equal to 100%.

Weighting categories or items to not count towards the final grade

Any activity appearing in the gradebook can be weighted at 0.00 (0%) so that it does not count towards the final grade. This can be useful for activities such as practice quizzes. 

If there are many activities in the gradebook that do not count towards the final grade, it might be simpler to put them all in a category and weight that entire category at 0.00 (0%).

Additional Resources

Use Weighted Categories and Items in the Gradebook