Sapling Learning > Question Weighting in Flash-based Activities

Document created by Digital Support on Jan 25, 2017Last modified by Digital Support on Apr 24, 2018
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Questions within an activity have equal weight unless you turn on the Question Weighting option.

Edit activity settings

From the main course page, click on the assignment name to open the activity editor. In the Settings panel, click the Edit Settings icon. If you don't see the Settings panel, you may need to first collapse the library by clicking the book icon.

Add question weighting

Click the checkbox for Question Weighting. Keep Show Students checked if you want your students to be able to see which questions are worth more. Click the save icon to save your changes.

Settings with Question Weighting and Show Students checkboxes selected.

Add weights to each question

A new column, entitled Weight, now appears in the assignment. Click directly on a number in the Weight column and type to edit it. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to save.

Assignment with Weight column and cursor typing 0.5 for a certain question's weight.

Important notes

Student attempts for three questions shown with scores (100,90,80) and weights (1,3,0).
  • A student's overall score on the assignment will be the weighted average of their individual question scores. In the example shown here, this student would have an overall score of (100×1 + 90×3 + 80×0) / (1+3+0) = 92.5%
  • Avoid highlighting a weight with your mouse because you may accidentally drag the whole question. If you need to move the cursor, use the right and left arrow keys on your keyboard combined with the shift key to highlight.
  • Weights may be 0 or any positive number, including decimals.
  • A weight cannot start with a decimal point, but it can start with 0. (e.g., enter 0.5 not .5).
  • A question pool has a single entry box for weight, which applies to each question in the pool. For different weights, unpool questions or split them into smaller pools.
  • To weight entire assignments relative to each other, use the Points Possible setting.
  • At this time, individual questions cannot be made extra credit within an assignment. Entire assignments can be made extra credit by changing the Grade Category. If you do not have an extra credit category available, talk to your Client Success Specialist or see Advanced Gradebook Settings.