Updated 30 Jul 2021
As each assignment's due date/time passes, its score is counted in your Mastering score (top right) on the Scores page. Your total Mastering score is a weighted average based on completed assignments in each category.
If your instructor chooses to hide this score
You can still choose to view the average assignment score for each weighted category, such as for homework or quizzes.
Open the Scores page.
Choose Scores from the course menu on the left to open your personal Scores for Student Name.
Don’t see the course menu? Select the menu icon (top left).
Select under Mastering Score.
When category weighting is in effect, each assignment category score is multiplied by the category weight % assigned by the instructor. The Mastering Total Score is the sum of all category scores.
- Your instructor can withhold the display of your Mastering score from students in your Mastering course, even if individual assignment scores appear on the Scores page. Since this may be temporary, either check back or ask your instructor when the total score may become visible.
- Many instructors choose to weight assignment scores by category. When weighting is in effect, the category weights are shown when you choose .
- Changes to your total score: In addition to updates in your total score as more assignments are scored, changes your instructor makes during the course can also affect your total Mastering score.
Weighting means that some assignment categories or individual assignments can count more than others in your total score. For example, homework may have more weight than quizzes. Assignments may have an implied weighting based on the number of points they are worth. If you have questions about the weighting in effect for your Mastering course, please check with your instructor.
Weighting by category
- Any category weighting in effect is shown when you select below the Mastering Score (top right) on your Scores page. The calculation also shows your % score for each category before weighting is applied.
- As assignments are scored, each score may contribute a smaller portion toward the category total weight.
- Instructors can change category weighting decisions during the course. For example, your instructor might change a category weight based on how well or poorly your class did on quiz assignments. This would cause your Mastering Score to be recalculated.
Weighting by assignment
Some instructors weight assignment scores, whether they are weighted equally, by points, or in a more customized way. Any custom weighting for assignments appears as percentages in the Weight column for each assignment on the Scores page.
- A category total score can change significantly as assignments of different weights are scored. For example, if your mid-term test counts as a third of your Mastering grade, your total score may change a lot after this heavily weighted mid-term score is added.
- Instructors can change assignment weighting decisions during the course. For example, if many students had difficulty on a particular assignment, your instructor might reduce the weight of this assignment. Your instructor might even choose to drop one or two assignment scores at the end of the course. This would also cause your total score to be recalculated.