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Moodle assumes that you will probably be working with percentages and so offers a choice of grades from 0 to 100. If this does not reflect your mark scheme, it is possible to create a customised grade scale eg 'A to E' or 'Poor to Outstanding'. 

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Bear in mind that, if you chose to use customised grade scales, this will impact on your ability to run reports on the data in Moodle.

To create a custom grade scale:

  • Go to the course where the grade scale is required.
  • In the Administration block click on Grades
  • In the dropdown list at the top of the page select: Scales - View
  • Click on Add new scale
  • Give the scale a Name. Choose an easily identifiable name, especially if you plan to share the scale with other users.
  • If you want to use the scale in other Moodle units you can make it a Standard scale so that it is available to all Moodle users.
  • Add the Scale - each element separated by a comma.
    Although staff and students will see the values assigned by a grading scale in the Grader report, these values will function numerically in any grade book calculations. Since the first value in a custom scale is given the value of 1, and subsequent values are assigned the next whole number (e.g. "Not Satisfactory" = 1, "Satisfactory" = 2, "Outstanding" = 3), your grade scale should run from the lower end of the scale to the upper end.
  • Save changes

To add the custom scale to your assignment:

  • Go to the assignment
  • Click on Edit settings in the Settings block
  • In the Grade drop down list, choose your scale
  • Save and return to course or Save and display
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