Calculating a test grade involves taking the total amount of points you earned dividing it by the total points of the test. Then you multiply that number by 100 to get a percentage. That percentage is then used to determine your letter grade like in the table below. Enter your points scored and total possible points to determine your grade.
Test Score Calculator
As you can see in the calculator above, calculating your test grade is fairly straight forward in general. What can make this more tricky is when you start having parts of tests that are weighted more than others instead.
For example, lets say you have 5 different sections of a test. All of those sections have 5 questions each worth one point. Sometimes, those sections are broken down based on how important they are and weight as such. For instance, the first 4 sections may be worth 15% of the total grade each and the last section is worth 40% of the grade.
If that’s the case, you must multiply the total number of points of each section by the % they are worth.
For the last section this would look like the following:
5 points * .40 (40%) = 2 weight points.
You would need to do this for all for sections. Then you would need to add all of the total weighted possible points together. Then divide your scored weight points by your possible weight points to get your grade percentage.
For the example above the total weight points would be 4.40 points. Lets say you got a weighted score of 2 points. Then your grade would be as follows:
This weight scoring makes it more complicated to calculate the final grade, but it allows teachers to adjust tests to focus on the most important subjects.
For classroom teachers, grading tests and papers is second nature. However, if you are a homeschooling parent, you may be unsure about the best way to figure percentage grades, letter grades, and grade point average. You may not even be fully convinced that assigning grades is necessary, choosing instead to work to mastery on each assignment.
How to Calculate Percentage and Letter Grades
If you decide to grade your students’ schoolwork, use these simple steps to determine the percentage and letter grade for any assignment or test.
To calculate a grade, you will need to figure out the percentage of questions that your student answered correctly. All you need to know to find the grade is the total number of questions on the assignment and how many answers are correct. After that, you will just need to plug a simple equation into a calculator and convert the percentage to a letter grade.
- Correct the paper.
- Determine the number of total questions.
- Count the number of questions answered correctly.
- Take the number of correct answers and divide by the total number of questions. (Example: 15 correct answers divided by 20 total questions equals 0.75)
- Multiply this number by 100 to turn it into a percentage. (Example: 0.75 multiplied by 100 equals 75%)
- Grade ranges often vary among professors and teachers. However, a typical, easy-to-use grade scale is:
- 90-100% = A
- 80-89% = B
- 70-79% = C
- 60-69% = D
- 59% and below = F
Using the examples above, 75% would earn a C letter grade.
How to Calculate GPA
If you’re homeschooling high school, you will likely need to figure your student’s overall grade point average (GPA) for his high school transcript. Calculate the cumulative GPA by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of credit hours attempted.
A typical grade point scale is:
- A = 4.0
- B = 3.0
- C = 2.0
- D = 1.0
There are variances for +/- grades that will vary based on the percentage grade scale you use. For example, if you use the ten points per letter grade scale, a 95% might indicate an A- which would translate to a grade point of 3.5.
To figure out your student’s cumulative GPA:
- Determine the total number of grade points earned. For example, if your student received three A’s and one B, his grade point total would be 15 (3×4 = 12; 1×3=3; 12+3=15).
- Divide the grade point total by the number of credits attempted. In the example above, if each course reflected one credit hour, your student’s GPA would be 3.75 (15 grade points divided by 4 credit hours = 3.75)
Why Do Homeschoolers Need Grades?
Many homeschooling families choose not to bother with grades since they don’t move on until a child fully understands the concept. Working to mastery means that the student would ultimately never earn less than an A.
Even if your homeschooling family works to mastery, there are a few reasons you may need to assign percentage or letter grades for your students.
Some students find the challenge of getting good grades motivational.
Some kids like the challenge of seeing how many answers they can get correct. These students are motivated by earning high scores. This may be especially true for kids who have been in a traditional school setting or those who homeschool using a more school-at-home approach. They don’t see the point of completing worksheets or tests if they don’t receive a grade for their work.
Grades can provide valuable feedback for these students to understand how they are performing.
Grades provide an objective means of assessing student performance.
Many homeschooling parents find it difficult to strike a balance between being overly critical and overly lax about their student’s academic performance. It can be helpful to create a grading rubric so that both you and your student know what’s expected.
A rubric can help you assess your student’s work objectively and force you to focus on specific issues. For example, if you’re working on teaching him to write a descriptive paragraph, a rubric can help you stay focused on descriptive elements and ignore run-on sentences or grammar errors until another assignment.
High school students may need grades for their transcript.
Even if you prefer not to assign grades in your homeschool, homeschoolers who will be applying for college admission may need them for their high school transcripts.
Some courses may be difficult to assign a percentage grade, particularly more interest-led topics. An alternative is to assign a letter grade based on your student’s understanding of the topic and the effort put forth in doing the work.
For example, a strong understanding and effort might earn an A. Solid knowledge and a decent but not outstanding effort might earn a B. You might assign a C if your student understands the topic well enough to move on without repeating the course and/or you would have liked to have seen more effort applied. Anything less would mean repeating the course.
Some homeschooling laws may require grades.
Your state homeschooling laws may require submitting grades to the county or state school superintendent, umbrella school, or other governing bodies.
Assigning percentage and letter grades doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple steps can make it easy no matter which route you choose.
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An average test score is the sum of all the scores on an assessment divided by the number of test-takers. For example, if three students took a test and received scores of 69, 87, and 92, these numbers would be added together and then divided by three to get an average of 82.6.
Public schools rely on average, below average, or above-average test scores to identify how well a group of students learns. In some cases, students may be compared to their peers in the school district, county or state.
With the rollout of the Common Core State Standards, which established a common set of academic guidelines for states across the country, students may more frequently be compared to their peers nationally.
Other times, school officials distinguish average students from others to see who’s on grade level or how well an individual child performs in school compared to classmates on nationally normed tests.
What Does Average Mean?
In special education, average test scores are particularly useful in standardized evaluations and in tests designed by teachers. Educators determine the average by adding a set of numbers and dividing the sum by the total number of numerals used in calculating that sum, also known as the mean.
Anyone who’s been graded on a curve likely knows the concept well. Teachers and specialists can use averages to determine the “middle” group of test-takers.
Statistically, about 68% of any large group of students will score within the low average to high average range on most tests. The other 32% will be in either the above average or below average group.
So how do educators proceed once they’ve identified the average?
How Educators Use Average Scores
Teachers and specialists may use averages to monitor the rate at which the class is learning the material. Teachers also use averages to estimate where an individual student’s scores place them in relation to the rest of the class.
This is especially important for students with learning disabilities. Educators may also use averages to measure how an individual students’ abilities rate on tests used to diagnose learning disabilities.
Sometimes educators and analysts use other methods to identify an average score. Rather than the mean, they may refer to the median, or the 50th percentile, which represents the score in the exact middle of the list of numbers. If your child scores in the 60th percentile, then they have performed better than 60% of test-takers.
You might have learned about finding the mean or median of a set of numbers in math class. They may be used interchangeably with the term “average,” but mean and median can be very different numbers, so take care when calculating.
Examples of Averages
Want an example of an average? See if you can figure out the mean test score with the following information. Suppose six students scored 72, 75, 78, 82, 84, and 92 on a test.
To calculate the average, add the test scores together and divide the sum (483) by six. The average score would be 80.5. Anyone with basic math skills can determine an average.
If you are trying to find the median of the same set of numbers, you would identify the exact middle score. Since there is an even amount of numbers and thus no exact middle, you average the two middle scores (78 and 82) to arrive at a median of 80. In this case, the mean and median are very close, but that is not always the case.
Factors That Affect Test Scores
If your child scores below average on a standardized test, don’t panic. A number of factors could have produced this result. As you’ve likely heard for many years, eating well and getting a good night’s sleep before a standardized test can influence scores.
If your child is struggling emotionally in any way, this can be a factor as well. Some children are very bright but have test anxiety, making these tests an inaccurate measure.
If you are concerned this may be a problem, talk to your child’s teacher. There are a number of ways in which you may able to get around test anxiety so that your child’s scores truly reflect her understanding of the content of the test.
Learning More About Test Scores
If your child is struggling, you may need to understand more about test scores. For example, teachers use what is known as a standard deviation to describe students who fall outside of the 68 percent of scores which are described as below average, average, and above average.
What to Do If Your Child Needs Help
If your child performs below average on a test or you find out that your child has learning difficulties in a subject area, it’s important to get the child the help needed. Early intervention can prevent your child’s struggles from worsening.
You may wish to begin by talking to your child’s teachers or the school psychologist.
If you don’t understand what is being said about test scores, ask questions. You are your child’s greatest advocate and it’s important for you to understand both what your child’s teachers are saying, and any plan they devise to help your child succeed.
How to grade a test
There are about as many ways to test students as there are ways to teach them. And while summative assessments can effectively measure student performance at the end of a particular subject or time period, formative assessments can be instrumental in maximizing student performance along the way. The challenge for teachers, however, is figuring out how to grade a test quickly enough for that feedback to be helpful.
Often, teachers use simplified formats, like multiple choice, true/false, and matching tests, that can either be scored by hand using a printed answer key or automatically using an easy grader app, but not all material lends itself to those kinds of answer options. Sometimes, students need to show their work, demonstrate degrees and levels of competency, or articulate ideas and comprehension through writing – all of which require a closer review by the teacher in order to evaluate and score them appropriately.
Alternative scoring methods
Even when specific content or coursework doesn’t intuitively conform to a standard bubble test format, teachers still need to assess and respond to student work in a timely manner. Unfortunately, responses like spelling, fill-in-the-blank, short answers, graphs, multi-step processes, problem-solving, and essays can be significantly more time-consuming to grade without the assistance of a test grader.
Many teachers even use rubrics as a formative assessment tool, but scoring them quickly, by hand, is not an easy task. The good news is that there is a grading solution – created by teachers, for teachers – that simplifies and streamlines these kinds of assessments, too.
GRADING OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE
GradeCam is a teacher grader app that offers all of the standard bubble test functionality, like multiple choice, true/false, number grids, etc. But it also does a whole lot more. In fact, the bubble contents themselves are customizable.
GradeCam also allows teachers to score rubrics using teacher-completed bubbles that can be instantly scanned and recorded, and the rubric with capture option will even scan answer content right into the app for grading on-the-go. Perhaps best of all, a revolutionary and proprietary handwriting recognition capability can read and score handwritten numbers, letters, and short answers, as well, making a whole host of new answer types automatically scannable and scorable.
By Angie Nelson
Last Updated November 4, 2020 . Disclosure: We may receive compensation if you sign up for or purchase products linked below. Details on offers may change, and you should confirm them with the company prior to taking action.
One work-from-home job loved by many in my community is contracting as an online test grader. In this position, you are working online grading tests, essays and other papers. In many cases, these essays are submitted as part of a standardized test like the ACT or SAT. In some cases, they are in conjunction with Engish as a Second Language, or ESL, studies.
To qualify for many of these positions, you often need a bachelor’s degree. Some companies allow that degree to be in any subject. Others may be looking for specific degrees like English. Make sure you read through the company’s current job openings for specifics.
Online grading jobs are seasonal in most cases. We see many companies hiring in the fall and spring as this is when most standardized testing is done. That being said, don’t be afraid to check for openings in the off-season as well. And once you are accepted as an online scorer, most companies will invite you back year after year provided you do a good job and meet the workload requirements.
8 Legit Online Grading Jobs
1. Measurement, Inc.
Measurement, Inc. is one of the most popular scoring jobs with my readers. They require a bachelor’s degree in any subject. Their projects include test items in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and other areas.
For most remote positions with this company, they do expect you to work Monday through Friday for the duration of your temporary contract. Their busy season is March through June. Available hours may vary by project.
Onsite positions are usually open year-round. Hiring for remote work is typically done November through March. Openings were listed on the site at the time of writing this post.
Pearson is a well-known name in the learning community. They hire tutors, at-home test developers, online scorers and more. The company was named as a Top 100 Company with Remote Jobs for 2019 by FlexJobs and they have a solid review rating on Glassdoor of 3.6 out of 5 stars.
Opportunities vary throughout the year and some may be location-specific. Most positions are temporary and project-based. A bachelor’s degree is required.
One of their most recent scoring openings was for an edTPA Scorer. This particular test makes sure new teachers are ready for the classroom. This was a more specialized scorer job and required not only a bachelor’s degree but also teaching experience or experience working with teachers.
You can often find Pearson’s most recent needs and requirements on FlexJobs.
Educational Testing Service, or ETS, provides scoring for a variety of tests from student leader proficiency tests to high school equivalency exams. As such, the requirements can vary greatly for each position. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree. Some require a Master’s. Some require applicants to possess a current teaching certificate while others do not.
As was stated previously, many of the current openings will be filled in spring and fall 2019.
4. Write Score
The Write Score site states that orientation for their scoring season will begin in late July to early August though positions are available throughout the year.
Unlike other companies, Write Score only requires a two-year degree and the ability to pass their qualifying test. They do accept resumes for their waitlist and applicants are contacted as needed.
ACT hires Readers to read and score student papers for the ACT Writing Test. This is an opportunity to read and score anytime and from any personal computer.
The site states this is performance-based work. Your earnings will depend on the accuracy and number of essays scored. The company does say Readers can earn $12 per hour or more.
To qualify, you will need a bachelor’s degree or higher, reside in the U.S., and have current teaching experience. Teaching English to high school junior and senior students is preferred.
6. Creative English Solutions
Creative English Solutions, or CES, provides evaluations for students wishing to take the TOEFL, Testing of English as a Foreign Language, and TOEIC, Test of English for International Communication. As such, applicants must be a native English speaker and possess a University degree.
Positions at CES offer a lot of flexibility. Though they do ask for a commitment of at least 10 hours per week, Evaluators can accept and decline assignments as they wish.
In addition to hiring Evaluators, CES also hires freelance writers and voice actors.
Literably is a little different in that their scorers evaluate oral recordings of elementary students. Transcriptionists listen to student audio recordings and transcribe errors.
This position does not require any experience or special degrees. You simply need to pass their sample tasks. As with most transcription jobs, pay is based on performance, speed and accuracy. The most recent job posting state “$10-20 per hour.” PayPal is required to receive payment.
This is a flexible position and you can set your own hours.
8. ALTA Language Services
If you possess native fluency in another language, ALTA Language Services currently has several testing evaluator positions available. These are typically on demand, part-time positions.
A degree is required, as is a minimum English proficiency level of a 2+/2+ on the ILR proficiency scale. As with most companies in this industry, training is required and paid.
At the end of the day, you aren’t going to get rich as an online test grader. At the time of writing this post, most positions offer around $10 to $13 per hour. That being said, it can be flexible, fulfilling work at home for the right person. Most people report being happy with these positions. The biggest complaint is often that the work isn’t available year-round, but many consider it a nice supplemental income source.
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About Angie Nelson
Angie Nelson began working from home in 2007 when she took her future into her own hands and found a way to escape the corporate cubicle farm. Today she balances several successful online ventures and loves to share her passion for home business with others.
About Angie Nelson
Angie Nelson began working from home in 2007 when she figured out how to take her future into her own hands and escape the corporate cubicle farm. Angie’s goal is sharing her passion for home business, personal finance, telecommuting, and entrepreneurship, and her work has been featured on Recruiter, FlexJobs and Business News Daily.
How To Create Self Grading Assessments With Google Forms
by TeachThought Staff
Google Forms isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of assessment resources.
It’s not especially elegant, it won’t wow students, and the learning curve isn’t as mild as it might be. But with a little bit of work on the front-end, Google Forms can return the favor in spades on the back-end in the form of self-grading assessments.
While there isn’t an app (yet) that can uncover the true nuance of understanding, if you’re using multiple-choice assessments–even just as pre and summative assessments–this trick can save you time, allowing the real potential of assessment to shine through consistently extracting data to revise planned instruction.
How To Create A New Quiz In Google Forms
- In Google Forms, click Plus .
- At the top right, click Settings .
- Click QuizzesMake this a quiz.
- Optional: To collect email addresses, click GeneralCollect email address.
- Click Save.
With just a little work, you can make an answer key, assign points, and provide automatic feedback for students. You can also make an answer key for certain types of assessment items and question types, including:
- Short answer
- Multiple choice
- Multiple choice grid
- Checkbox grid
How To Create An Answer Key In Google Forms
- To add a question, click Add question .
- Fill out your question and answers.
- In the bottom left of the question, click Answer key.
- Choose the answer or answers that are correct.
- In the top right of the question, choose how many points the question is worth.
- Optional: To add a written or YouTube video explanation to an answer, click Add answer feedback.
- Optional: To edit question or answer options, click Edit question.
Note: You can assign points and add feedback on all question types.
How To Grade Individual Assessment Items & Responses
If you collect email addresses, you can assign points and leave feedback on individual responses. After you grade each response, be sure to save your changes.
- In Google Forms, open a quiz.
- At the top, click Responses.
- Click Individual.
- To move between individuals, click Previous or Next .
- Find the question you want to grade.
- In the top right, enter how many points the response earned.
- Under the answer, click Add feedback.
- Enter your feedback and click Save.
- To save your changes, at the bottom, click Save.
How To See Quiz Results
- In Google Forms, open a quiz.
- At the top, click Responses.
- Click Summary.
How To Create A Test That Grades Itself Using Google Forms
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18 months later, Final / Test Grade Calculator has finally been updated with all the features promised in the original version. Scroll down to see what’s new (and why it took so long), and thanks for stopping by!
A tool designed to help you figure out what grade you need to get on your final in order to reach a certain grade, or to see how your test score will affect your grade. This tool supports much more than just the common “one weighted final category” system. If you have an unweighted grade (points based), a test / grade replacement policy, and/or a grading curve on your final, you can put all of that into this tool!
First, is your grade weighted? Weighted Unweighted How do I know?
What do you want to find? What’s the difference? *This will also tell you what you need to raise your letter grade up if possible!
For a final or a test/exam? Final Test/Exam Which one do I choose?
Is each test weighted equally? Yes (default) No (less common) Which one do I choose?
What is your current grade? %
What is your current grade? out of pts
What grade do you want to get? %
What did you get on your final? %
How much is your final worth? %
How many points is it worth? * pts
*“It” refers to your upcoming test, exam, or final. With unweighted grading, only the point value matters.
Any test adjustment policies?
How much are the tests worth? %
How many tests did you take? *
*The test you’re calculating for should not be included, only previous tests.
What is your test average? * %
*You can put either the overall value (ex. 95%) or the weighed value (ex. 45% (out of a 50% weight))
Points in test category: out of pts
Points your test/exam is worth: pts
*“It” refers to your upcoming test, exam, or final. With unweighted grading, only the point value matters.
What’s your lowest test grade? %
Is your test/final curved?
How high is the top grade? %
What is n (the root)?
Calculate / Tell Me!
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You’ll need a . % (??) post-curve in order to get a . % (??) in your class.
Your overall grade in the class would be a . % (??).
This results in you needing to get before the curve.
This is equivalent to getting . , or . before the curve .
If you want to keep your current letter grade, you’ll only need to get a . % (??) post-curve.
If you get a perfect score (100%) on your final, you’ll end with a . % (??).
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Your current test grade is 0.00% (0.00% out of 0.00% weighted), before any adjustments.
After dropping your lowest test, your test average increased to 0.00% (0.00% weighted)
You’ll get 0.00% back on your lowest test, increasing your test average by 0.00% (unweighted).
Overall, you’ll get a 0.00% increase in your final/combined grade from test adjustments.
info If you have any, feedback is always greatly appreciated! You can leave feedback here or tell me in person (if you know me), thanks!
Questions that aren’t frequently asked but you’re probably wondering anyways:
1) Why use this site? Why not RogerHub?
- A (hopefully) more intuitive and modern design
- Supports more features with fewer steps (ex. unweighted grades, test grades, typo catching, etc)
- A developer that still actively develops this site and listens to feedback (send feedback here)
- Support someone who’s still a HS student where as Roger already appears rather successful
2) What’s new in v1.0.0, and why did it take 18 months?
- Starting a brand new project right before finals week (May 2019) probably wasn’t a great idea
- Since nobody really used it, the project got abandoned afterwards. until it started showing up on Google and people started sending feedback to me. so I decided to finish it now!
- The big new features in v1.0.0 include the following:
- Dark mode (automatic based on time of day and/or system preferences, but can be toggled with the sun/moon icon on the top right corner)
- Unweighted grade support and test/exam support (rather than “final”), as promised in the first version but never implemented until now
- Support for test curving if your teacher does that!
- Smoother and faster overall with minor UI improvements
3) Why does this site exist?
- I was bored and was totally not procrastinating on my homework
- Wanted a tool that supported more grading policies w/o needing to use RogerHub’s “advanced” mode
- ^ even though it would definitely uses a lot more time in the long run
- Make something people actually want and search for (but currently doesn’t exist)
- Get more traffic on my tiny little website and maybe show up on Google
Most question types in Tests & Quizzes are automatically graded by the system. However, you will need to manually score short answer/essay questions, file uploads, and audio recordings. You may also adjust the auto-graded scores, add comments, or give partial credit.
If you would like to send your assessment scores to the Gradebook so that they can be included in the course grade calculation or allow students to see an answer key or other feedback in Tests & Quizzes, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?
On the Total Scores screen for an assessment, you can see the total score each student received based on the points from auto-graded questions (such as multiple choice and true false). You may adjust the students’ scores and for students who submitted the assessment, you can add comments.
For more information on manually grading individual student submissions or questions, see the following articles:
- Tests & Quizzes will NOT automatically grade students with no submission. If a student who did not submit an assessment should receive a grade of 0, you’ll need to enter a 0 for their grade.
- Comments cannot be added within the Tests & Quizzes tool for students with no submission and they do not have access to feedback for assessments they did not submit. If you’d like to print an answer key to an assessment to provide to students who did not submit, see How do I print an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)?
- Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, you cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student’s course grade. If you inadvertently assign a score to a student who should not have received one for an assessment, and the assessment score is being sent to the Gradebook, you may need to override the course grade in the Gradebook.
Go to Tests & Quizzes.
Select the Tests & Quizzes tool from the Tool Menu of your site.
Select the Published Copies tab.
Click on the Published Copies tab to view the assessments that have been released to students in your site.
Go to the assessment submissions.
Select the Scores option from the drop-down menu for the assessment you would like to grade.
Alternately, you may also click on the number of student submissions in the Submitted column to view the submissions.
Display multiple submissions for students. (Optional)
By default, the submission that displays for each student will be based on your assessment’s Recorded Score setting. For example, if you accept the highest score, the highest scoring submission will display. If you accept the average score, the average point value of all the student’s submissions will display.
If your assessment allows multiple submissions, or if a student has submitted an allowed retake, you can choose to view all student submissions by selecting All Submissions from the View drop-down menu.
Enter score adjustment and overall comments.
To make a grade adjustment to the overall assessment score:
- Enter a positive or negative score into the Adjustment column to add or subtract points from the student’s overall score.
- You may also enter comments in the Comments for Student column if you like. Students will see these comments when they view the assessment feedback. Optionally, you may also attach a file containing additional feedback. Click Add Attachments to attach a file.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the list and click the Update button to save your changes.
Note: The Final Score column will display the adjusted score after you save your changes.