Scoring Answers

WebAssign provides flexibility to control how assignments are scored.

You can score assignments by setting the Scoring Answers option in the Assignment Editor
  • Last awards points for the last submission for the student's score
  • Question Parts awards points for the best answer for each question part as the student's score
  • Questions awards points for the best answer for each question as the student's score
  • Assignment awards points for the best entire assignment submission as the student's score
The Scoring Answers settings that are available are based on the Submitting Answers settings for your assignment.

Submitting Answer Setting

Available Scoring Answers Settings

Require new randomization after N submissions

Question Part
  • Last
  • Question Parts
Not Allowed
  • Last
  • Question Parts
  • Questions
Allowed for all options
  • Last
  • Question Parts
  • Questions
  • Assignment
Allowed for all options

The scoring method you choose could change the score a student will receive. For example, consider the following settings. Your students are allowed 4 submissions for each question, you have set the questions to change randomizations after every 2 submissions, and the question the student is answering has 4 parts worth 1 point each:


Question Part 1

Question Part 2

Question Part 3

Question Part 4

1 incorrect incorrect correct incorrect
2 correct incorrect correct correct
New Randomization
3 correct incorrect incorrect incorrect
4 correct correct incorrect incorrect
If you score the question using
  • Last: the student receives 2 points because he provided 2 correct answers for the final submission
  • Question Parts: the student receives 4 points because he provided a correct answer for each part of the question across multiple submissions
  • Questions: the student receives 3 points because he provided 3 correct answers on his second submission
Note A student is always awarded the highest possible score when the Scoring Answers setting is set to Question Parts.
Best Practice Do not change assignments that your students are already working on. You are likely to cost your students points, submissions, or both. Instead, consider creating a copy of the scheduled assignment and making your changes to the copy.

If you must change a scheduled assignment, notify your students of the change and rescore the assignment. See Rescore Assignments.