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Letter Grades in Moodle

Moodle only supports inputting numerical grades into the gradebook. However, it is possible to have Moodle display these numerical values as their letter equivalents.

This page explains how to adjust the numerical values that correspond to the letters in your grading scale (A, B, C, etc.), and how to configure the gradebook to display letter grades. If, at the end of the semester, you Import Grades from Moodle to SPIRE, the points-to-letter grade conversion set up in your course is used to convert the values in the Course Total column to a letter grades in SPIRE. 

Please note:

  • It is not possible to import letter grades from a spreadsheet application (e.g., Excel) into Moodle. For more on how to manage grades in Moodle, see About Grading in Moodle.
  • Even if a column is set to display letter grades, when editing is turned on in the Grader report, you must read and input numerical values. To input grades, see Manually Edit Grades and Grade Overrides in Moodle.
  • There can only be one points-to-letter grade scheme in a Moodle course. Individual graded items cannot have different conversion schemes.

Edit Grade Letter Boundaries

To change the numeric-to-letter conversion scheme in your course:

  1. On your main course page in the Administration block, click Grades. The gradebook will open to the Grader report.
  2. In the navigation tabs (at top), click Letters. The Grade letters page will open showing the values currently being used to convert scores to letter grades.
  3. Click Edit grade letters at the top or bottom of the page. The Edit grade letters page will open.
  4. To edit the grade boundary values, check Override site defaults. The fields for Grade Letters and Letter grade boundaries will unlock and become editable.
  5. Enter new grade letters and/or boundary values as required.
    Note: Numerical values will be rounded to the second decimal place.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.

Display Letter Grades

To change grade items and category totals to display letter grades:

  1. On your main course page in the Administration block, click Grades. The gradebook will open to the Grader report.
  2. In the navigation tabs (at top), click Categories and items. The Categories and items page will open.
  3. Under Actions, in the row for a grade item or category title, click Edit (Edit Grade Item Icon). The Edit page for this item will open.
  4. Click the Grade item or Category total heading to view and adjust settings. In the Grade display type drop-down menu, select Letter (If you do not see this option, click Show more...).
    Note: This setting allows up to two grade display types. For example, by selecting Letter (percentage), the grade will display as "B (85%)".
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes. This will change how the grade displays on the User report and the Grader report when editing is turned off.