How to work with question weights

TalentLMS lets you define how a specific question affects the overall grading of a test, by assigning a different "weight" to each question.

Here's how question weights work:

Each question can be assigned with a weight value from 0 to 20. The points that each question awards ("1" if the answer is correct and "0" if it's wrong), are multiplied by its weight. The sum of the recalculated question points is then divided by the sum of all question weights to give us the final grade:

Test Grade = (Q1×W1 + Q2×W2 + Q3×W3) / (W1 + W2 + W3)

Note: When a question is assigned with a weight value of "0" the answer does not affect the final grade in any way.

Here's a quick example:

We have a test with 3 questions. The questions weight value is 1, 2, and 4 respectively (i.e., question 2 awards twice the points awarded by question 1, and question 3 awards four times the points awarded by question 1).

If the answers to questions 1 and 4 are correct and the answer to question 2 is wrong, the test is graded with:

Test Grade = (1×1 + 0×2 + 1×4) / (1 + 2 + 4) = 0,7 or 7/10

How to assign different weights to the questions of a test:

1. Sign in to your TalentLMS account as Instructor and go to a course page.

2. On the course content, point to a test and click edit.

3. On the right-hand panel, click Set questions weight.

On the questions list, each question is now preceded by a drop-down list that contains numbers, from 0 to 20.

4. From the drop-down list, set a weight for each question.

5. Click Save and view to update your test.


Well done!

You're now ready to customize the way your tests are graded.

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