In my native language, there's a single word that identifies an object as something that can get a score, let's say, from 1 to 10. I tried some translators, and I'm getting "scoring", but doesn't sound good to me. Any ideas?

Edit: The word in Spanish would be "puntuable". I'm designing a database. So that word would be the name of a field in one of my tables.

  • As a DBA myself, I would use a field name like CanBeScored or AllowsScoring. Also, judging from this, it seems like a lot of uses are associated with sports. Is that the context for the program/database that you are developing?
    – mathewb
    Oct 26 '18 at 17:19
  • @mathewb, not actually. The context is a school. I already have a table for grade, meaning the level of knowledge every kid has, for example fourth of fifth grade, that would be a group of kids. And I needed a word for the points? score? grade? that kids get in their assignments. Oct 26 '18 at 17:25
  • By request this conversation has been moved to chat. (And I messed up and accidentally declined the comment flag - please ignore that @mathewb)
    – ColleenV
    Oct 26 '18 at 18:44

Honestly, I would say scorable is a word. It may not be in the major dictionaries, but you can often find it in academic literature:

Using GFP as a Scorable Marker in Walnut Somatic Embryo Transformation

Construct Validity of Free-Response and Machine-Scorable Forms of a Test

...the grader may draw up to 21 additional sample units and apply the criteria in the AIM Foreign Material Manual, Table II, (flavor is a non-scorable factor).

and so on.

However, if you are talking about something that you can score yourself (or which can score itself), then use self-scoring (or self-rating) instead of self-scorable.

(Edit) "Scorable" is fine for a database column, since those don't have to be perfect English anyway. Any who reads it will know what it means.

  • Is this something a native english speaker would understand without explantion? I think yes, but just asking what do you think. Oct 26 '18 at 17:14
  • @KennyBarrera I was surprised to find it's not in the dictionary, as it seems perfectly normal to me. But it might depend on your target audience.
    – Andrew
    Oct 26 '18 at 17:19
  • +1 scorable would be decent name for a boolean column. Oct 26 '18 at 17:43

What about Rateable?

capable of being rated or appraised.

Source: Dictionary.com

  • It's worth noting that this word can mean something else (i.e., "liable to taxation"), and that some dictionaries don't even include this definition (see, e.g., vocabulary.com, Wordnik, YD, and Wordnet 3.0).
    – J.R.
    Oct 26 '18 at 14:31

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