Choosing Between Percentage- and Points-Based Rating Systems

For each inspection form you create, you can choose to either use a percentage-based rating system or a point-based rating system. Both of these systems will also allow you to add other ratings, such as number pickers and signatures.

For most teams, we recommend starting with a percentage-based rating system as it is the easiest to understand and share with your team. If your team already has extensive knowledge about point-based systems, like APPA, and has the training resources available for your team then you may consider implementing a point-based rating system for your organization.

Percentage-Based Rating Systems

OrangeQC defaults to using percentage-based ratings. We recommend these for most of our clients, as they are a widely used, intuitive way to rate line items. Each rating the inspector chooses represents a certain percentage—for example, in the pre-loaded 1–3 rating system, “Meets Standard” is 100%, “Needs Attention” is 75%, and “Below Standard” is 50%.
The overall score for the inspection will also be a percentage.

Point-Based Rating Systems

If your industry uses a point-based rating system, OrangeQC supports that, too. For example, the APPA standard, often used at universities, is a 1–5 rating:

Since each rating has a point value, the overall score for the inspection will be an average of those points:

If you haven’t created a point-based rating system before, when you create a new inspection form, it will default to a percentage-based rating system. If you have created a point-based rating system, you’ll see a drop-down menu asking you to choose between a Percentage-based inspection form or a Points-based inspection form: