Create a Grade Category in Moodle

Create a Grade Category in Moodle

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A grade category in the Moodle gradebook is a collection of grade items. Grade categories are a way to keep your gradebook organized and are especially useful if you wish to assign a weight to each category (ex. exams = 35%, discussion forums = 10%, research paper = 20%, and presentations = 35%).

Note:  When using category weighting, all of the assignments within a category must total 100 when totaled.  If no weight is entered, Moodle will provide an average.

See the screenshot below:



  1. Starting from the course page, select Grades from the left navigation menu
  2. Select Setup 
  3. Select Add category 
  4. Within the Grade Category section and next to Category name, enter a name for the grade category 
  5. Next to Aggregation, select the desired aggregation method from the dropdown menu 
  6. Select Save changes. You will then see your grade category displayed


Adding Categories to the Gradebook Video

Watch the Adding Categories to the Gradebook (5:18) video demonstration to assist you with creating grading categories to organize and/or weight assessments.

Select the play button to watch the video.  Select the CC for the Closed Captioning and the diagonal arrow to maximize the video and access the video transcript by clicking on the Captions link on the left menu.