You can create weighted or unweighted categories in your class in which your assignments can be organized.

**Set Unweighted Assignment Categories**

Unweighted assignment categories allow you to create categories into which assignments can be organized. These categories are not reflected in the total points grade calculation. Student grades are calculated as:

Student class percentage = total points earned / total points possible

- Select the name of the class for which you would like to update the assignment categories.
- Hover over the
**Options**button and select**Grading Settings**from the drop-down menu. - On the
**Grade Settings**tab, scroll down to the "Assignment Categories" heading, which is approximately half-way down the page. - Enter the desired assignment categories for your class. For example, you may want to set classwork, homework, and tests as categories for your assignments. You may add up to 15 categories.
- Click the
**Save Settings**button to save your changes.

**Set Weighted Assignment Categories**

Weighted assignment categories allow you to create categories into which assignments can be organized with specific category weighting. Student grades are calculated as:

Student class percentage =

(category A weight * category A points earned / category A points possible ) +

(category B weight * category B points earned / category B points possible ) +

(category C weight * category C points earned / category C points possible ) +

... and so forth

- Select the name of the class for which you would like to update the assignment categories.
- Hover over the
**Options**button and select**Grading Settings**from the drop-down menu. - On the
**Grade Settings**tab, scroll down to the "Assignment Categories" heading, which is approximately half-way down the page. - Enter the desired assignment categories for your class. For example, you may want to set classwork, homework, and tests as categories for your assignments. You may add up to 15 categories.
- To weight your assignment categories, click
**Yes**next to*Weight assignment categories?*Type in the numerical weights you would like to use to the right of each category, keeping in mind that the weight percentages must add up to exactly 100%. - Click the
**Save Settings**button to save your changes.

**Weighted Assignment Categories with No Assignments**

If you use weighted assignment categories in your class and one weighted category has no graded assignments, this will cause the weighting of the category with no assignments to redistribute proportionately across every other category that has graded assignments.

For example, imagine a class that has the following categories and weights:

Homework (worth 25%)

Quizzes (worth 25%)

Final Exam (worth 50%)

One of your students currently has an overall score of 75%. He has an 80% (160/200) in the "Homework" category (set to be weighted at 25%) and 70% (70/100) in the "Quizzes" category (set to be weighted at 25%). No graded assignments have been added for the "Final Exam" category (set to be weighted at 50%). Therefore, this 50% weight is proportionately dispersed across the other weighted categories.

Now, the "Homework" category is currently weighted at 50% (25%/50%) and the "Quizzes" category is weighted at 50% (25%/50%). The student’s current grade is figured as: (80 * .5) + (70 * .5) = 75%. When a graded assignment is added into the "Final Exam" category, the weights of the "Homework" and "Quizzes" categories will re-assume their preset weights (25% each) and graded assignments in the "Final Exam" category will be weighted at 50%.