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Grade Calculation

Final grade calculations in Canvas can be setup based on points or a weighted grading system. It is important to take note of which system you have in place in Canvas so that it matches the course syllabus and student expectations.

In Canvas, the grade book is dependent upon the settings in the Assignments area of the course. It is here that you can change the final grade calculation from a points based system to weighted. By default, the grade book will use a points based system.

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Click here for a guide to setting up a weighted grading system

Click here for a guide to setting up Extra Credit in a weighted grading system, which can sometimes be confusing

NOTE: Weighted grades are determined by Assignment Groups.
Click here for more information on creating Assignment Groups


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