What-If Grades allow students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for assignments. Only students can enter and view What-If scores. 


Canvas is always working to calculate two grades, the current grade and the total grade. 


View Current Grade:


The current grade is calculated by adding up the graded assignments according to their weight in the course grading scheme for only those assignments that have been graded.


This grade is calculated when the 'Calculate based only on graded assignments' checkbox is selected in the sidebar from within the student grade book:





View Total Grade:


The total grade is calculated by adding up all the assignments according to their weight in the course grading scheme.. If there is not a grade for an assignment, a zero will be used in the calculation. This method should only be used towards the end of the course as there will be many assignments that would be calculated with a zero that may have yet to be assigned.


To view the total grade in the course, deselect the 'Calculate based only on graded assignments' checkbox.




Enter 'What-If' Grades:


The "What-If" tool allows students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for all assignments. To test a different score for an assignment, students can click an assignment grade and enter a score in the score column.


To enter a "What-If" grade, select the box 'Show Saved "What-If Scores":



Enter a grade for a given assignment and watch your 'total grade' change!