Multiple assignment attempts (for best score)
Updated 01 Feb 2023
Some Mastering assignments let you complete them more than once to try to improve your score. Only your best score is recorded in your instructor’s gradebook and on your Scores page. You must complete the assignment before you can try again for a better score.
Before you start the assignment
x Attempts Available — The Course Home says “x Attempts Available” for the assignment, whether you’re in List View or Calendar View.
After you complete the assignment at least once
Improve your score — If your current best score is less than 90%, the “Welcome Back!” section of the Course Home reminds you that you have more tries left to improve your score.
x Attempts Left appears for the assignment listed on the Course Home, whether you’re in <![CDATA[ ]]>List View or <![CDATA[ ]]>Calendar View.
When you open the assignment, appears and x Attempts Left appears at the top.
- You can complete such assignments between 2 and 5 times, depending on how the assignment was set up. The Course Home and open assignment indicate the number of tries allowed.
- You don’t have to complete any remaining attempts if you’re satisfied with your score after one or more attempts.
- The questions in each assignment attempt may be the same or slightly different if they contain randomized values. In some cases, the questions may be different, but cover similar content.
What are randomized values?
Randomized values are one or more values in the question that differ, whether a number, molecule, or other. Although the structure of the question is the same, the correct answer will be different.
- Your former assignment attempts become unavailable after you select from the assignment. You can only access items in the current attempt.
- The open assignment shows your score for each attempt, to help you decide whether to retake the assignment. Best Score appears at the top left.
When a multiple-attempt assignment is for practice (0 credit), the percentage of questions answered correctly appears for each attempt instead of 0%.
- Your Scores page shows only your best score for a multiple attempt assignment. (The same is true for your instructor’s Gradebook.) Selecting the assignment name returns you to the assignment, where you can see your score for each attempt.
- If an info button appears next to Best Score in the assignment, select it to see the adjustment your instructor has made that can affect your score, like changing the late penalty or adjusting the assignment point value.
- Your highest score can be for an assignment you don’t complete. This can happen on a multiple attempt assignment if you get enough credit to surpass your score on an earlier completed attempt.