Grading overview

When you want to evaluate student you can use assignments for grading. You can switch grading on when you add an assignment to a course. Alternatively, you can later enable grading in the assignment settings (but you must do this before students start doing the assignment).

Grading is a three step process:

  • For each question a score must be determined. We call this assessing. A score is a number between 0 and 100.
  • Next the scores for the questions are combined to determine a score for the assignment. For this we use a weighted average of the scores of the questions. For each question you can indicate the relative weight. Default, all weights are the same.
  • Finally the score is turned into a grade using a grading scheme.


Assessment is normally done by the teacher or a TA. However, Quarterfall can largely automate this process for you. To set up (semi-) automatic assessment for a question, you go to the Assessment tab in the question editor. This replaces the Feedback tab, as assignments with grading don't produce feedback for students. Here you can change the assessment settings for the question, and add assessment actions. There is automatic assessment of multiple choice questions, you can assess code questions based on unit test results, and you can define automatic assessment actions for all question types. But the teacher can also manually assess the questions. And even when you use automatic assessment, you must still approve the results before they become final. You can also adapt the automatically computed score.

Combining score

When all questions are given, Quarterfall combines the scores using some weighted average. You can indicate how this is done in the assessment tab for the questions.

Computing the grade

To turn the score in a grade, a grading scheme is used. Default the grade is simply the score (so a number between 0 and 100. The grading scheme is a simple piece of JavaScript code that turns the score into a grade. A number of schemes have been provided. The organization can define other schemes that can be used. And you can even define a dedicated scheme for a particular assignment.

Viewing and using the grades

Each course that has graded assignments will have a grading page that is accessible from the left panel. Here you see all assignments that have grading enabled. For each of them there are buttons to grade the submissions and to view all grades. When you view the grades you get a table that you can export as a CSV file to use in a spreadsheet.

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