What are What-If Grades?

What-If Grades allow students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for assignments. Only students can enter and view What-If scores. Learn how students use What-If Scores.

Notes:

  • Students may not be able to view their total grade in the student Grades page when multiple grading periods are enabled.
  • Currently instructors cannot create hypothetical scores for students like What-If scores. However, you can view current and total scores for students by viewing the Student Interactions Report.

View Student Grades

View Student 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.

Calculate Based on Graded Assignments

Calculate Based on Graded Assignments

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.

Enter What-If Grades

Enter What-If Grades

The "What-If" tool allows students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for all assignments. To test a different score for an assignment, students can enter a score in the score column.