Combined Grades

Written by Diane Sievert
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Combined grades are by far the best way to demonstrate the ways in which different aspects of a class can affect a student's final grade. They can be, however, quite a pain to calculate. Nevertheless, combined grades will wield a final grade that accurately reflects the overall performance of the student.

How to Calculate Combined Grades

As you grade student papers, tests, essays, what have you, you will record the grades in different categories. Unit tests might be recorded in one category while homework grades would be recorded in another. At the end of the term, you'll want to total up all the points earned in a given category as that category's final score and combine it with the other categories to get a final grade.

One the best things about this kind of grading system is that you can easily identify a student's strengths and weaknesses. A student who gets a B in the class may have had a score of A in the unit tests department but had a D in the homework category. Combined grades are therefore a great way to distinguish a student's performance in various aspects of your class when it comes to grading time.

As wonderful as combined grades may be, they can be a real nightmare to calculate. First you have to calculate each individual category before you calculate the final grade. Using a computer grading system will make the afore-mentioned calculations much easier and cut down on careless mistakes.

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