Gradebook - calculate the topic total when students have a choice of assessments (advanced)

Grades icon This entry relates to the Gradebook.

Note: This page assumes you know how weightings are used in the Gradebook. If you are not sure how weightings work, first check out our guide on calculating a topic total using weightings.

In some topics, students may have a choice between multiple assessments, or may only receive marks for the highest of a group of assessments (eg the best 8 out of 10 weekly quizzes).

Important notice: Grades published in FLO are not official until they appear in the Student Information System. More information about final results


  1. On the Gradebook setup page, click on the Add category button, which appears under the list of assessments Add category

  2. Give the category a name and change the aggregation method to Simple weighted mean of grades

    category name

    Then click on the Show more link.

  3. In the Keep the highest box, enter the number of assessments that you want to contribute to the final grade. For example, if there were four activities and you wanted the best three to count towards the final grade, you would enter '3'

    Enter the number of assignments that will be calculated

  4. Click on the Save changes button save changes

  5. To move the grade items into the newly created category, select the check box next to the far right of the item and use the Move selected items to menu to move the items into the category you just created.

    Move items into a category

  6. Finally, add a weighting for the category that matches the percentage listed in the Statement of Assessment Methods (SAM). There is no need to add weightings for each activity in the category, as the aggregation method will automatically give each activity an equal weighting

    The category has a weighting of 20, and each of the four activities have a weighting of 5 (i.e. 4 x 5=20)
    FLO will now automatically calculate a grade based on the parameters you entered.

Note: If your gradebook is more advanced than this, please contact your eLearning support team.

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