Moodle: How to Add Extra Credit Items?

General Information

If you would like to give a student extra points on a grade item, you can edit the student's score by adding those points to it, and Moodle will calculate it accordingly.

Example: If a student scores a 97 out of 100 on an exam, and also got the 5-point bonus question correct. You can type in 102 for that student's exam score, and Moodle will calculate it as 102%.

Moodle allows for extra credit items to be added into your grade book. You can place the extra credit item in a category that you create if you would like the extra credit points added toward that specific category total, or you can place it in the parent course category and the extra credit points will be added to the course total.

NOTE: When Moodle calculates a total for a category, it first processes all of the non-extra credit items. Any extra credit items are then added to that subtotal. For example, a category having 3 grade items (a 90 out of 100, a 100 out of 100, and an extra credit item worth 3 points) will first process the non-extra credit items (the 90 and 100 will have a simple weighted mean score of 95.) Then it will add the extra points to the subtotal (95 + 3) to get a category total of 98 points.

To Add an Extra Credit Grade Item

1. From the Gradebook Setup screen, scroll down and click the Add Grade Item button

2. At a minimum, specify the desired Name, Maximum gradeGrade category, and check the Extra credit checkbox.  Then click the Save changes button.

extra credit checkbox and save changes button at the bottom of the new grade item screen

  • NOTE: There are three different Aggregation Methods to calculate grades in Moodle: Custom Weights, Natural, and Weight by Points.  How you will add extra credit depends on which aggregation method you choose. For example, in Custom Weights option, the number of extra credit points that you put in your gradebook will be percentage points.

Existing categories and grade items can also be configured as extra credit. 

1. From Gradebook setup, simply Edit settings for the desired category or grade item

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, check the Extra credit checkbox and Save changes. 

  • NOTE:  For existing grade items, the Extra credit checkbox will initially be unavailable for selection.  In this case, you must select the Weight adjusted checkbox first and then you will be able to select the Extra credit checkbox.  Make sure they are both selected and Save changes.


Support & Training

Support and training for Moodle is available via the Faculty Technology Center at For more information, please see the following article: Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview

Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of training sessions, as well as to register for a slot, please see

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