# Grade Calculation

You can configure how grades are calculated in the MindTap gradebook.

## Grading Method

- Points
- Each assignment is weighted by its point value, so a 20 point activity counts twice as much as a 10 point activity. To calculate the overall average, the total points earned is divided by the total points possible. This is the default method.
- Percentage
- Each assignment is weighted equally, so a 20 point activity counts the same as a 10 point activity. To calculate the overall average, activity scores are normalized as percentages and then averaged.

Points | Percentage | |
---|---|---|

Activity 1 | 7/10 | 70% |

Activity 2 | 45/50 | 90% |

Activity 3 | 12/30 | 40% |

Calculation | (7 + 45 + 12) ÷ (10 + 50 + 30) | (70% + 90% + 40%) ÷ 3 |

Average | 71.1% | 66.7% |

## Category Weighting

When category weighting is used, the following are not included in the overall grade calculation:

- Activities not assigned to a category
- Categories with no activity scores

When category weighting is used, the icon is shown only for activities that are counted toward the student's grade. Uncategorized activities or activities belonging to a category with a weight of 0 do not display the icon.

When you use category weighting, category averages are calculated using the selected calculation method (by points or percentages).

Category | Average | Weight | Weighted Average |
---|---|---|---|

Homework | 80% | 20% | 80% × 20% = 16% |

Quizzes | 76% | 20% | 76% × 20% = 15.2% |

Midterm Exam | 84% | 30% | 84% × 30% = 25.2% |

Final Exam | 88% | 30% | 88% × 30% = 26.4% |

Total | - | 100% | 82.8% |