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Gradescope: A Guide for External Examiners


Gradescope is an assessment tool which has been used since 2021 for exams and coursework in a limited number of subjects.

Most Gradescope exams are of the ‘Homework / Problem Set’ type – students generally write their answers by hand on paper, then scan their work and upload it to Gradescope.

A handful have been set up as ‘Online Assignments’ – these can contain multiple choice questions, but also some questions where students need to submit a file (which often would be a scanned copy of handwritten work).

Except in the School of Biological Sciences, all Gradescope exams were set up as timed assessments (exam available for 23 hours, but must be completed within a set time, say 3 hours, once started).

How to access Gradescope

You should access Gradescope via a Blackboard course on which the tool has been enabled.

On most courses you will see a Gradescope link on the Blackboard course menu – click on this to access Gradescope in a new browser tab.

Gradescope link on a Blackboardcourse menu

Alternatively, navigate to the Take Home Exams menu area, and you will find a Gradescope link inside the Exam folder.

Either of these will take you to the Gradescope course relating to this Blackboard course.

Once inside Gradescope you can navigate to any other courses on which you are enrolled – click on the Gradescope icon top left.

Gradescope Home icon

This takes you to your Gradescope Dashboard.

Viewing student work, marks and comments

When you enter a Gradescope course, you see a list of Assignments.

In most cases there will only be one Assignment – the exam for that module.

Click on the assignment name.

List of Gradescope assignments

If all marking is complete, you will be taken to the Review Grades page.

You can sort the list by any of the criteria – e.g. sort by Name, or by Score.

Viewing work by student

To view the marked work for a specific student, click on their name.

Select a student on the Gradescope Review Grades page

You see a summary of the student’s marks per question. Click on the Question number to see the student’s answer, how marks have been awarded, and any comments left by the marker.

Gradescope - select question to view

Please note

Gradescope marking is done using a rubric. These may be positive (awarding points for criteria met) or negative (deducting marks for criteria not met). Please check with the Module Convenor if you are unsure how marks have been allocated for your modules.

Markers will have left a variety of marks on students’ papers. They may simply have ticked answers, to show that they have marked them. Or they may have left comments to assist with moderation.

Gradescope - view student's work and feedback

Click on Next Question to move on.

Viewing work by question

If you want to sample the answers to a specific question, choose Grade Submissions on the left-hand menu. Then choose the Question you want to view.

Gradescope - review grades by Question

You will then see a list of students. Click on the first name to view their answer to this question, and then when you want to move on, click on Next  at the bottom of the screen.

Gradescope - move to next submission

Guide last updated on October 3, 2022

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