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In the Gradebook tool, you can give extra credit or grade penalties with adjustment items and adjustment categories, either of which can take positive or negative values. See ARCHIVED: Giving extra credit or a grade penalty in Gradebook.

## Adjustment items with no categories

If you set up a points gradebook with no categories, the scores of adjustment items are simply added to (or subtracted from) the student's total score, while the total possible points for the semester is not affected. See this example:

Item Value Score
Essay 1 50 48
Essay 2 50 49
Homework 1 25 23
Homework 2 25 25
Test 1 20 19
Test 2 30 27
Total 200 196

Calculation: Sum of scores divided by the sum of the values (with no value included for the adjustment item)

## Adjustment items with unweighted categories

Grades in gradebooks with simple, unweighted categories are calculated the same way as in gradebooks with no categories:

Item Value Score Category average
Essays     102%
Essay 1 50 48
Essay 2 50 49
Homework     96%
Homework 1 25 23
Homework 2 25 25
Tests     92%
Test 1 20 19
Test 2 30 27
Total 200 196

Calculation: Sum of scores divided by the sum of the values (with no value included for the adjustment item)

The Gradebook tool displays the average for each category as a percentage, but these percentages do not affect the grade calculation. The category percentages are truncated (not rounded) for display purposes. Note that the score for the adjustment item increases the percentage for the category to which it is assigned, but affects the actual grade for the class equally no matter which category it is in.

## Adjustment items with weighted categories

In gradebooks with weighted categories, the category average is used to calculate the final grade, and adjustment items affect the category average:

Item Value Score Category weight Category average Weighted category score
Essays     30% 102% 30.6%
Essay 1 50 48
Essay 2 50 49
Subtotal 100 102
Homework     30% 96% 28.8%
Homework 1 25 23
Homework 2 25 25
Subtotal 50 48
Tests     40% 92% 36.8%
Test 1 20 19
Test 2 30 27
Subtotal 50 46

Weighted category score = (subtotal/sum of values for that category) * category weight

For example, with the adjustment item, the weighted category score for the essays is (102/100)*.3 = .306 = 30.6%; without the adjustment, the weighted category score would have been (97/100)*.3 = .291 = 29.1%

Grade calculation: Sum of weighted category scores

Note that if the adjustment item were in the test category rather than the essay category in this example, the final course grade would be different:

Category Calculation Weighted category score
Essays 97/100*.3 = 29.1%
Homework 48/50*.3 = 28.8%
Tests 51/50*.4 = 40.8%

## Adjustment categories with weighted categories

With weighted categories, you can also add adjustment categories. Note that the category weight for the regular categories totals 100% without the adjustment category.

Note:
Item Value Score Category weight Category average Weighted category score
Essays     30% 102% 30.6%
Essay 1 50 48
Essay 2 50 49
Subtotal 100 102
Homework     30% 96% 28.8%
Homework 1 25 23
Homework 2 25 25
Subtotal 50 48
Tests     40% 92% 36.8%
Test 1 20 19
Test 2 30 27
Subtotal 50 46
Bonus     5% 60% 3%
Bonus 1 50 35
Bonus 2 50 25
Subtotal 100 60

Weighted category score = (subtotal/sum of values for that category) * category weight

For example, with the adjustment item, the weighted category score for the essays is (102/100)*.3 = .306 = 30.6%; without the adjustment, the weighted category score would have been (97/100)*.3 = .291 = 29.1%