What are Grading Scale and Score Band Templates?
A grading scale and scoring band templates can be used in a test if you would like to assign a letter grade (such as A, B, C...) and other rankings or values to a score (such as Excellent, Good, Satisfactory...). These templates are often used in behavior and personality assessments to deliver a result to a test taker. The result can be a ranking (word or short phrase) and/or a block of text providing an explanation to the user about the meaning of their score.
Adding a Grading Scale and Score Band Template
To add a grading scale and score band template, go to Manage > Settings > Configuration Settings > Grading Scale Templates. Once there, click Add Scoring Band Template to begin.
Enter a name for your new template and provide a brief description. Before you can use your new template, it must be activated so be sure that box is checked.
Instructions on How to Enter Scoring Bands and Basic Settings
Each band entered represents one letter grade or optionally a ranking based on a score range.
16 Available Scoring Bands Per Template
Each template can have up to as many as 16 scoring bands. Most templates will need far fewer than the 16 provided. The empty score bands will be ignored. All scoring bands are listed in highest score order, regardless of entry order.
By default, score ranges are computed as a percentage score out of 100%. For example, for the letter grade A, typically the scoring band score range would have a starting high value of 100 and an ending low value of 90. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating score ranges:
- Ranges cannot overlap
- Values must be entered as whole numbers and not decimals
- The starting high value is always equal to and less than
- The ending low value is always equal to and greater than
- If the Percentage or Points Based radio button below is set to Points, then score ranges will be computed against the points scored versus the percentage scored
You also have the option to choose ranges that are point based. Be sure to select the one that best meets your needs.
By default, a template is set to display a grade and therefore the corresponding label is worded as Grade.
This wording choice is used as a label next to the Letter Grade or Other Result Value described below. Choose Grade is using a Letter Grade; otherwise, choose one of the other selections to best fit your needs.
Wording Label Options:
Letter Grade or Other Result Value
Is very short 50 character value. Examples include but are not limited to: A, +A, Satisfactory, Proficient, Needs Work... The entry of this value is required for every band.
Letter Grade or Other Result Description (optional)
The entry of this value is optional. When used, it displays following the above Letter Grade or Other Result Value. Entry is limited to 1,000 characters.
Letter Grade or Other Result Narrative (optional)
The entry of this value is optional. When used, it displays a block of text in the results. Entry is limited to 5,000 characters.
Click "Save New Scoring Band Template" to finish