How do I approximate my assignment scores using the What-If Grades feature?

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.

As a student, you can view your grades based on What-If scores so that you know how grades will be affected by upcoming or resubmitted assignments. You can test scores for an assignment that already includes a score, or an assignment that has yet to be graded.


  • What-If scores simulate updates to your final grade. Depending on the grade calculation for your course, your total grade may display as a point value or as a percentage.
  • If your instructor is using grading periods, you can always view a total grade for each grading period, but when you select All Grading Periods in the drop-down menu, you may not be able to view the total grade or assignment group points.

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

View Grades

View your current grades. Your current total grade is displayed in the sidebar [1].

If your instructor is using grading periods, the grades page defaults to the current grading period. To change grading periods, click the grading period drop-down menu [2].

Note: If you select the All Grading Periods option in the drop-down menu, you may not be able to view the final grade.

Test Assignment Score

Test Assignment Score

Locate the assignment and click the score cell.

Enter What-If Score

Enter What-If Score

Enter a hypothetical score for the assignment.

View What-If Grades

The Grades page updates the total score with the What-If grade, which is shown in red.

Revert to Actual Score

To revert your What-If score to your actual score, click the arrow next to the What-If grade [1]. You can also revert scores in the sidebar by clicking the Revert to Actual Score button [2].

Show Saved What-If Scores

To view your grades using any What-If scores you've ever tested in your course, click the Show Saved What-If Scores button.

Grades shows all your What-If scores and updates the total score accordingly.