Gradescope: set up a Rubric

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Once you have created a Gradescope assignment and set up the Outline the marking Rubric for the assignment can be defined.


The programme administrators for your school may set up a basic rubric, with a point structure that corresponds with the total number of points possible for each question. Inform your programme administrator in advance if you want to set up the marking rubric yourself or have a different marking structure in mind.


This will be the responsibility of the module convener, or lead marker for the exam.

Design and plan your marking rubric. You are responsible for deciding if there are specific point awards or penalties you want to include, as well as the wording of any descriptors.

You will construct your rubric as you are marking, by adding rubric items. If you are marking in Maths & Stats you may be using one of the templates that programme administrators will attach. If you do not speak to your programme administrators, a default point structure rubric will be attached to each question of your exam that you will need to adjust as required when marking.

  • Are you going to use a positive or negative scoring rubric?
  • What will you be awarding or removing marks for?

For guidance about constructing rubrics please see the Gradescope guide on Rubric Basics.

Managing rubrics

Rather than waiting till you start marking, you can Set up your rubric in advance

You can also reuse rubrics between assignments and between questions – see Copying Rubrics