What are What-If Grades?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

What-If Grades allow students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for all ungraded assignments.

Current Grades

Current Grades

Canvas is always working to calculate two grades, the current grade and the total grade, for students. The current grade is calculated by adding up the graded assignments according to their weight in the grading scheme. It is displayed by default in the Grades tool [1].

Total Grades

Total Grades

The total grade is calculated by adding up all the assignments according to their weight in the grading scheme. This grade is only displayed if the student or instructor unchecks the Calculate based only on graded assignments checkbox [1].

"What-If" Grades

"What-If" Grades

The "What-If" tool allows students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for all ungraded assignments.