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how to use a quiz as extra credit.

I have a quiz set up as graded quiz for 40 points but I want to use that as extra credit. How can I do this? I do not have weighted categories it is straight point system  Please advise.

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Learner II

The easiest way I can think of is to convert to weighted categories, put everything in one category worth 100%, and then put your EC quiz in its own category worth whatever percentage you want it to be.  So for example, you have 1000 total points and you want the EC to be up to 40 more points, you could make the EC category worth 4%.   Does that make sense?

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Learner II

The easiest way I can think of is to convert to weighted categories, put everything in one category worth 100%, and then put your EC quiz in its own category worth whatever percentage you want it to be.  So for example, you have 1000 total points and you want the EC to be up to 40 more points, you could make the EC category worth 4%.   Does that make sense?

Community Team

Warning: subjective and editorial comments follow. :smileymischief:

@James_Kocher_UF ​, your suggested method is by far the easiest way to accomplish this--and for that matter, to create any sort of extra credit assignment in Canvas. I use this method all the time--but then again, I'm a staunch advocate of weighted assignment groups. When we migrated to Canvas a few years back, a total points calculation wasn't even available in the Gradebook, and we seized that opportunity to convert all of our faculty members to assignment group weightings. Students absolutely "get it." They can see their cumulative grade at all times and can take advantage of the "what-if" functionality on their Grades tab.

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This was exactly what I needed - thanks!!

Community Coach

Making an entire quiz worth extra credit isn't easy in Canvas if you are using a Points based gradebook. The following directions explain how to make this happen:

• Create a quiz
• Provide point values for each question. (making the quiz worth "X" amount of points - the total number of points the extra credit should be worth.)
• Publish the quiz and have the students take it.
• Once all students have taken a quiz and received a score, which is recorded in the gradebook.
• Edit the Quiz and change the Quiz type to a Graded Survey worth "0" points.
• The student will then receive whatever extra credit value they earned.

IMPORTANT: When copying the course it will copy it as a survey - so be sure to Edit and revert it back to a graded quiz for the next term!!

Hope this helps!

Community Member

Can you make a new quiz worth zero points, but then manually override the score to give it a point value?

Community Coach

clarkem​, the only way this would work is if the student got full credit for just attempting the quiz and you weren't assigning points based on the number of correct answers. If you wanted to assign extra credit based on correct answers you have to assign points otherwise you'd have to manually go into Speedgrader and try and figure out how many points each student deserved. In the long run it's probably easier to do what I recommended because you wouldn't need to manually grade every quiz.

Community Team

And BTW, hello, vartouhi.asherian --nice to see you again! I also wanted to call your attention to this related Canvas Feature Idea:" modifiedtitle="true" title=" Mark a Quiz as Extra Credit

Voting opens tomorrow (Cinco de Mayo)!

Community Member

I like this workaround but won't students be worried if they get a bad grade on the extra credit quiz? It will affect their overall score.

I think one more step to this workaround would be to make sure you mute the quiz grade after it's published so the grade won't affect their overall score in a negative manner.

Community Team

kakanczu, that's a good idea; muting the grade will keep students from seeing the negative effect on their grade. If you think students will want to see their results on the extra credit quiz, as long as you're using weighted assignment groups and are putting the quiz in an assignment group of its own that is worth 0% of the grade, a bad grade on the extra credit quiz will have no effect on the overall grade; the extra credit quiz will not impact their overall grades until you change the assignment group weighting.