Subject Assessment Area Maintenance - Mark Book bar

Use the Mark Book bar to set up and maintain mark book areas of assessment against a subject assessment. For example, topic tests, homework checks and assignments that are not part of the mainstream class assessment. These assessments are not usually printed on semester reports but can be.
Once the mark book assessment areas are set up against the subject assessment, teachers can import them to the class, which are then used by either:


 Opening the Mark Book bar

To open the Mark Book bar:

  1. Select Curriculum > Assessment Area Maintenance from the SynWeb main menu.
    The Set Subject Assessment Area Search Criteria window is displayed.
  2. Search for the assessment area.
  3. Click on the Mark Book bar.

     You can click anywhere on a navigation bar other than the caption to open it.

    The Mark Book bar of Subject Assessment Area Maintenance is displayed.

Subject Assessment Area Maintenance - Mark Book bar key fields and buttons




Assessment Code

Code for the selected class.


Description for the selected class.

Grid area fields




Identifying sequence number.
Use to place assessment areas in a specific order if required.


Name of the assessment area.
Warning: If you alter the name of an assessment area, you may change the meaning of results already in the system. If you need to do this, then you should either create a new assessment area or merge it with another one. See Merging other assessment areas into the current assessment area in the Synergetic Assessments and reports manual.

Result Type

Result values available for the subject assessment area.
Result types restrict the valid values that you can enter in this field. This is so that the data presented on reports is consistent.

Result Group

Group of subject assessment areas.
Tip: Use to create groups if you have a large number of assessment areas to manage. You can work with the groups instead of each individual assessment area in Results Maintenance. See Student Results Maintenance - Single Student tab in the Synergetic Assessment and reports manual.
Note: Values are maintained in the luReportResultGroup lookup table. See luReportResultGroup lookup table in the Synergetic System maintenance manual.

Mark Out of

Specify the maximum numeric value for the mark.


Priority that this assessment is to take in the calculated result.
For example, a Weighting of 1 is greater than a Weighting of 0.5.

Override Mask

Range of valid result values. Staff can only enter values within the range specified.
For example, an Override Mask of 0-100 restricts your values to between 0 and 100. You can have a numeric or alphanumeric result.
In most cases, it is a good idea to have a comma at the front of your mask. This allows you to select a blank value for the result. If you do not have the leading comma, you will have to enter a value for every student. Use a comma to separate each result value.
Note: You only have to select a Result Type when entering an override result mask if the results are numeric. In this case, select a numeric Result Type, for example MARK, as well as entering an Override Mask.

Numeric masks. For example:

  • ",0-10"
  • ",0-100"
  • ",80-0"

    If the higher number is first then the numbers are in descending order, rather than ascending order.
    You can also:
  • Specify a mask as 100-0(0.5). This generates a value list of 100, 99.5, 99, 98.5 ... 0. If you leave off the (0.5) suffix then the default increment is 1.
  • Force a fixed decimal place by specifying a mask such as 100.0-0(0.5). This generates a value list of 100.0, 99.5, 99.0, 98.5, 98.0 ... 0.0.
  • Specify a larger increment by specifying a mask such as 100-0(2). This generates a value list of 100, 98, 96 ... 0.

    Make sure that it goes down to 0 (zero) so that even students who receive a 0 will get a grade.

Alphanumeric masks. If you want to define values like Beginning,Consolidating,Established then you set up these values as follows:

  • ",B|Beginning, C|Consolidating, E|Established”
  • “,G|Good, VG|Very Good, E|Excellent”
  • “,A+, A, B, B+, C, C+, UG”

The pipe (vertical bar) within each type indicates that the characters before it is the value stored in the database. Those characters (for example, B) and the description after them (Beginning) are displayed when you enter results. You do not need to use the pipe but it is recommended so that you are only storing B and not Beginning in the database for each result.

Also see How the combined result is displayed in the Assessments and reports manual.

Show in Portal

Select whether the mark book results are displayed in the Community Portal.

Test Date

Date of the assessment.




Add another mark book assessment area using the Mark Book window. The new mark book is added after all existing mark book assessment areas.

Launch the Mark Book window to edit the selected mark book assessment area.

Deletes the selected mark book assessment area.

Launch the Import Mark Book window to import a mark book assessment area.

Move the mark book assessment area above the one immediately above it.

Move the mark book assessment area below the one immediately below it.

Common buttons



Navigate between the subject assessment areas.


Delete the selected subject assessment area. See Deleting subject assessment areas.

Create a new subject assessment area.

Search for another subject assessment area.

Customise which navigation bars are displayed and their order.

Create a task relating to the selected subject assessment area.