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How do the different kinds of grading and scoring work?

With ProProfs Quiz Maker, you can grade your quizzes in three different ways:


Regular grading: Points are automatically given when a question is answered correctly.


Partial grading: Points are given when a question is partially answered correctly (some correct options are selected)


Custom grading: Points are given based on each answer option as selected and defined by the quiz author (custom point value for each selected option).


The above three are the most common ways to grade quizzes. In addition to these, you can also make use of the following scoring methods:

  1. Manual Grading - While most quiz question types are automatically graded by our quiz software such as multiple choice questions, instructors can also manually grade essay questions and other open response questions.
  2. Negative Marking - You can use negative marking to penalize wrong answers of learners and discourage them from randomly guessing the answers, during online tests.
  3. Bonus Points - You can assign your learners bonus points in their final reports based on different criteria such as completing their assessments in time, extra credits for attempting certain questions etc. 


1) Regular Grading

Regular grading  is the default & most commonly used grading is the default & most commonly used grading. In this case, points are given only when a question is answered correctly. There are no points given unless all correct options are selected. For example, in the question below, if learners select options A,B,C - they get 0 points. Again, if learners select only option A, then they get 0 points. Learners only get points when the question is answered correctly by selecting both A & B and not selecting C & D. 


What color is the sky?
A) Blue (correct)
B) White(correct)
C) Pink
D) Beige



2) Partial Grading

Like in the example above, certain quizzes consist of two similar answers out of which one is the correct answer but the second option is also not altogether wrong. Partial grading is used to give credit to learners for getting the answer partially correct. In the above example, if learners select only option A and B, then they are considered to have answerd the question partially correct and will be given 50% of the total points assigned to the question. 


Partial grading can be used when you create matching or checkbox question types. In such cases, if you have selected partial grading during point assignment, your learners will then be automatically rewarded certain points for choosing an answer, which is partially correct. Learn more about what partial grading is and how it works.



3) Custom Grading

Unlike partial grading, where learners are automatically awarded points for a choosing more than one correct answer, with custom grading you can manually add specific points to the answer options in your quiz. This makes the grading of your quiz rigorous and detailed. In addition to this you also have full control over the grading process, as you can assign unique points to each answer option, unlike partial grading where the points are equally divided among the answers when a learner selects two or more answers.