Grading and Extra Credit

As an instructor, you can choose whether your students are graded in points or percentages.  You are also able to give your students extra credit assignments or drop their lowest grades.

Student Grading

By default, assignment scores are shown in percentages. You can change an individual assignment to display in points instead, using the Edit Assignment screen.

The list of assignments on the Digital Landing Page (DLP) will show assignment scores in points automatically, if and only if all of your published assignments are set to display in points.

  • See the instructions below for changing the assignment-level setting.
  • There is no manual setting to change the DLP display. It simply follows the published assignment settings.
  • If at least one of your published assignments is set to percentage grading, then the entire DLP will display all assignment and course scores in percentages.

If you set your DLP to display scores in points, then students’ overall grades are calculated based on the assignments’ different point values.

  • For example, if a student earns 8 out of 10 points on Assignment A, and 24 out of 25 points on Assignment B, then their overall grade is calculated as 32 out of 35 (or 91%).

Showing Scores In Points

An instructor can show assignment scores in points instead of percentages.

1. On the Edit Assignment page click "Show Additional Settings".

2.  You will see the setting for "Show Student Score In" at the bottom.  By default, the selection is set to "Percentages".

3. To change the assignment score to points, click the selection and set it to "Points".

4. Click "Save" to update your changes.

Extra Credit Assignments

Note: This feature is only available if you are not integrating Smartwork5 directly into your campus LMS.  If you see a green “LMS Connected” message, then you won't see the Extra Credit option appear on your assignment list.

Creating A New Extra Credit Assignment

1. Click "Create A New Assignment".

2. Select "Edit Assignment" and configure your new assignment by adding an Assignment Name, setting the Grade Accepted Until date and adding questions from the Question Library.  You may also create questions by clicking "Create New Question".

3. After you select your questions, click "Add To Assignment".

4.  Return to the "Edit Assignment" page and click "Save".

5. On the DLP, locate the new assignment and click the "Extra Credit" and the "Published" checkboxes to make the assignment available to your students.  Your assignment will automatically be updated and you will see “(Extra Credit)” next to the assignment name.

Note: If you're publishing the same assignment in multiple student sets, you must select each student set on the DLP and check the "Extra Credit" box for each of them.

Adding A Current Assignment As Extra Credit


1. Locate the current assignment you want to use as Extra Credit from your Student Set Activity Title list.

2. Click the “Extra Credit” checkbox to set as an extra credit assignment.   Your assignment will automatically be updated and you will see “(Extra Credit)” next to the assignment name.

3. Click the “Published” checkbox to make sure it is available to all your students.

Converting A Completed Assignment To Extra Credit

1. Locate the assignment from your Student Set Activity Title list.

2. Click the “Extra Credit” checkbox to set it as an extra credit assignment.  Your assignment will automatically be updated and you will see “(Extra Credit)” next to the assignment name.

Note: Your student's grades will be recalculated automatically.

3. Click the “Extra Credit” checkbox to set it as an extra credit assignment.  Your assignment will automatically be updated and you will see “(Extra Credit)” next to the assignment name.

How Extra Credit Is Graded

1. It works differently depending on if you're showing the students' overall Smartwork5 grades in points or percentages.

  • If you want to use extra credit assignments, we recommend showing the overall grades in points.
  • You can still use extra credit in a course where overall grades are percentages, but the grade calculation is somewhat more complicated.

2. If you are showing the students' overall Smartwork5 grades in points:

  • One point of credit in the extra credit assignment is worth the same as one point in any other assignment.

3. If you are showing the students' overall Smartwork5 grades in percentages:

  • The student's percentage grade on the extra credit assignment will be converted to a grade bonus.
  • See the grading example below.

Note: A student’s overall grade can go above 100 percent with extra credit.

Example: Extra Credit Grading With Percentage Scoring

Note: If you want to use extra credit assignments, we recommend showing the overall grades in points instead.

1. Suppose a student has earned these grades:

  • Chapter 1 Review (past due): 90%
  • Chapter 2 Review (past due): 100%
  • Chapter 3 Review (not yet due): 80%
  • Chapter 4 Review (not yet due): — (the student hasn’t started yet)
  • Math Review (no due date): 80%
  • Extra Credit Assignment (past due): 50% (shown on the DLP as a point score: for example, "+5 pts" if it's a 10-point assignment)

2. Remember that assignments are counted in the overall score according to their GAU:

  • For this student, Chapter Reviews 1 and 2 and the Extra Credit Assignment all count because they’re past due.
  • Chapter 3 Review counts because the student has earned a score.
  • Chapter 4 Review doesn't count, because the student hasn't done any work yet.
  • The Math Review isn’t counted because it doesn’t have a due date (that is, it’s unassigned).

3. The Extra Credit Assignment's percentage score counts as a bonus in the average grade calculation.

4. The student’s overall score is the average of Chapter Reviews 1–3, with the extra credit bonus factored in:  (90 + 100 + 80 + 50) ÷ 3 = 107%

Drop the Lowest Grade

An instructor can drop the lowest scored assignments from their student set.

1. From the DLP, click Student Results.  

2. In the Student Results, click the pencil icon in the Drop grade(s) column to open the Edit Grades overlay.

3.  From Edit Grades, the instructor can input the number of lowest grades to drop for each student and a date for when the dropped grade(s) will be applied.  Click "Update" to apply the changes.

Note: To disable dropping lowest grade(s), enter 0 grades to drop.

How Does Drop the Lowest Grade Work?

On the selected date, Smartwork5 will drop each student's lowest grade(s).

The adjusted overall grades will appear in the instructors Student Results Area and on the students' Smartwork5 homepages. Student grades will remain inside your Smartwork5 assignments even with dropped grades. You will see them in your Class Activity Report.

To disable dropping lowest grade(s), enter 0 grades to drop.

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