The required fields for each assignment are Category, Name, Maximum Points, and Factor.

In the Factor column, you enter how many times the assignment counts in calculations. This defaults to 1 and is limited to whole numbers. You can increase the factor to count an assignment multiple times in a calculation. For example, you can give one homework assignment 3 times as much weight as the other homework assignments. This feature is most often used if you calculate marking column averages from assignment grades.

**Notes:**

- An assignment with a factor of zero is excluded from automatically calculated averages and is not considered when dropping lowest assignment grades.
- The factor you set for an assignment is different from the factor you set for categories

**Note:**You can use category averages instead of assignment grades to calculate the marking column average

When you define a marking column average to be based on category averages, you define the percentage each category average counts toward the marking column average. For example, the Tests category is 60% and the Homework category is 40%.

For more information, refer to How to set up marking column factors for calculations