What are Grade Letters?

Grade letters, also called letter grades, are symbols used to represent a range of grades.

  • Example 1

    • A could be used to represent grades of 80% and above
    • B to represent grades from 70% to 80%
    • C to represent grades from 50% to 70%
    • F to represent grades below 50%

  • Example 2

    • Pass for grades equal to or above 50%
    • Fail for grades below 50%


Displaying Grade Letters

To change particular grade items, category, and course summaries (called aggregations) in the grader report and user reports to display letter grades:

  1. Follow the grades link in the course administration block.

  2. Select Categories and items from the grade book drop-down menu.

  3. Click the edit icon for Category total or Course total.

  4. From the Grade display type menu, select letter.

  5. Click the "Save changes" button at the bottom of the page.

Repeat this for any other totals that you want displayed as letters.

Alternatively, to display ALL grades as letter grades:

  1. Follow the grades link in the course administration block.

  2. Select Course settings from the grade book drop-down menu.

  3. From the Grade display type menu, select letter.

  4. Click the Save changes button.

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Editing course-level grade letters

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Grade letters are set initially at site level. To use different grade letters in a particular course:

  1. Follow the grades link in the course administration block.

  2. Select Letters from the grade book drop-down menu.

  3. Click the edit tab in the middle of the page.

  4. Check the override site defaults box.
    A message will appear to remind course teachers of this change: The default grade letters are currently overridden .

  5. Change grade letters and/or boundaries as required.
    You may wish to use words, for example Below Pass, Pass, Merit, Distinction, rather than letters.

  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save changes button.

  7. If you need to add more than three new letters boundaries, add first three, click save and then you will see fields to add three more.

Accuracy of Grade Calculations

Grade calculations are made with an accuracy of 5 decimal places and grade letters assigned accordingly. The overall decimal points setting (in the system grade item settings and for individual grade items) is for display purposes only and is not used when assigning grade letters.