Understanding Your Grade


How Much Is Your Portfolio Worth?

When you submit your "timesheet", you tell me how many words are in your portfolio, and then I convert those words into points, at the rate of one point for every 10 words. The more you write, the more points you earn.

Since I am the one who converts your words into points, there's no need for you to do this calculation for yourself. That said, there may be times when you want to know how many points you have earned from a particular writing assignment, or how many points your portfolio is worth altogether.

To do this calculation for yourself, use one of the following methods:

Method 1:

  • Total word count รท 10 = points you have earned.

Method 2:

  • Drop the last digit.

This method works because "dropping the last digit" is the same as "moving the decimal point one place to the left", which is the same as dividing by 10.

Personally, I like this method better, because it's easy to do in my head.

Let's imagine, for example, that Joe's portfolio is 2417 words. In this case, the last digit is 7, so I mentally ignore it. That leaves me with 241.

And that's the answer! Joe's portfolio is worth 241 points.

Understanding how your portfolio is graded is an important step to understanding your overall grade.

Yes, I know, not every word in your portfolio was written by you; there were headings and titles and other words that were already there when you first made a copy of the template. But those words don't matter; I've already taken those words into account. You don't need to tell me the number of words that you have acutally written; just tell me the total number of words in your writing portfolio.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.