Set Points for Assignments (Weighting Questions Equally)

You can change the total point value for your assignment to weight every question equally. For example, if your assignment has 8 questions and you set the assignment to be worth 32 points, each question is worth 4 points, regardless of the number of question parts or the previous weight of the question on the assignment.

Even if you do not intend for every question to have the same weight, this can be a useful starting point if you want your assignment to be worth a particular number of points.

Note: Setting the total number of points for an assignment is important for your GradeBook if you are weighting assignments by points. If you are normalizing assignment scores so each assignment in the category has the same weight, then the total number of points on any assignment is not important.

To ensure that every question on the assignment is worth the same number of points, question pools are weighted by the number of questions used from the pool.

Important: The point value of the assignment is always the sum of the point values of all questions on the assignment. If you add or remove questions, or if you change point values for questions, the assignment point value will change.
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.

To weight every question equally:

  1. In the questions list, click edit beside the total in the heading row of the Points column.
    edit points popup
  2. For Total, type the total points for the assignment.
  3. Click Distribute.
The points you entered are divided evenly among all the questions on the assignment.