KB1213 - How to Test Your Moodle Gradebook

The Moodle Gradebook has many options to help you handle all of the possible grading scenarios. With so many options available, it can take time to learn to set it up to work exactly how you want it to. Sometimes, instructors don't notice mistakes in their setup until students are knocking on their door, pointing out the errors. 

**** It is IMPORTANT that you test your Gradebook before students start looking at their grades to avoid last minute panic situations. ****

Here are some steps to follow to test that your Gradebook is working properly and calculating correctly:

  1. If working on or experimenting with your Gradebook while a class is active, temporarily hide it from the students to avoid confusion and possible panic (under Course Admin, Edit Settings, Appearance, Show Gradebook to students, Yes/No). Remember to show it again, when you're finished.
  2. If you have a student login, as well as an employee login, enrol your student login into your course as a student or a teststudent role.. Alternatively, search for the user named TestStudent and enrol it. Enter fake grades for this user, being sure to manually calculate and compare with Moodle's results. A user in the TestStudent role can also see hidden courses, so there's no need to "unhide" your course if its visibility is set to hide.
  3. Use the Grader Report and the SINGLE view (the grey pencil icon, located just to the right of a student name) to enter sample grades for one or two students (see previous tip) and check to ensure that the totals add up as you expect them to.  You can delete these grades, after your testing, but be sure to UNCHECK the Override boxes on the Single view page.


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