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Creating an Exam/Quiz Assignment

An Exam/Quiz in Gradescope assignments are where students answer in designated regions. These can be either instructor-uploaded or student-uploaded.

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Creating an Exam/Quiz assignment

To create an Exam/Quiz:

  1. Open the relevant course.
  2. Go to the Assignments page, and select Create Assignment in the bottom right.
  3. Select the Exam/Quiz option, and select Next.
  4. For the Assignment Settings:
    1. Enter in an Assignment Name.
    2. Upload a blank copy of the exam for the Template that will help you create the assignment outline that you’ll use for grading. The Exam/Quiz assignment type can use our AI-assisted grading. Check out our Using AI-Assisted Grading article to optimize AI-assisted grading for this assignment.
  5. Who will upload submissions? setting, by default, the Exam / Quiz assignment type is set to Instructors to upload and submit their students’ work. If you’d rather have students upload and submit their own work, select the Students option.
  6. Customize any other settings to your preferences. For more information on each setting, check out our Assignment Settings Overview article.
  7. Select Create Assignment.
Managing Scans

Why doesn't my assignment have a Manage Scans page? The Manage Scans page is only part of the workflow for instructor-submitted assignments. For student-submitted assignments, this page will not appear in the assignment workflow.

Uploading Scans

Need guidance on scanning best practices? Check out our scanning tips.

  1. Once you have your PDFs ready to upload, click Select PDF Files on the Manage Scans page.
  2. Select your files and they will begin uploading. You can also drag and drop submissions directly onto the Manage Scans page. While you can upload a PDF for each student submission, it's recommended that you upload PDFs that contain multiple student submissions for faster processing.

Creating submissions from the uploaded scans

  1. Once the scans have been uploaded, Gradescope will attempt to create submissions by matching the uploaded pages to the template PDF (which you uploaded when you first created the assignment).
    Where do I go to change my Template PDF? Navigate to theSettings for the Assignment. Click Replace PDF and upload a new template.
  2. If Gradescope was able to break up the entire PDF into submissions, you’ll see a message that submissions were created automatically (see image below). You can click Show to double-check that everything was split correctly. Note that if the first page of your template file matches the first page of all students’ submissions, more of the submissions will be automatically and confidently split.
    A scan (or PDF) that was uploaded and automatically split into individual student submissions.
  3. If Gradescope was not able to break up the entire PDF into submissions, you’ll see a yellow error message above your uploaded file that says “Ready to Create Submissions (Unable to confidently auto-split)”. If you see that message...
    1. Click Show to expand the pages of your scanned PDF. Then scroll down until you find the pages that Gradescope couldn't split accurately. These pages will have yellow error messages above them.
    2. Hover over the thumbnails of the PDF pages in question. When it appears, click the magnifying glass icon to zoom in on each page and see what's causing the error (e.g., a student included an extra page in their submission).
    3. Reorder, split, or merge pages as needed (see next section). If you need to, you can also click the red X in the top left of a thumbnail to delete that page from the upload.
    4. Click the Create Submissions button when you're finished.
      Resolving extra scanned pages
      To enlarge/restart the gif: Right-click on it > Select Open Image in New Tab.

Reordering, splitting, and merging submissions

Be sure to review the recommended splitting to make sure your scans turn into correct submissions. An easy way to check this is to look at the first page of each submission to make sure that it matches the template.

  • If a proposed submission has pages that are out-of-order or has an extra page, you can drag and reorder pages, as well as set your own split points by hovering over the submission and clicking Split.
  • You can also merge submissions together by clicking Merge With Previous.

Rotating submissions

If Gradescope automatically split your scans and you need to rotate a page, a submission, or all submissions in your batch, first, select the Undo Automatic Split button at the bottom of the page. If Gradescope did not auto-split your submissions, you will already be able to rotate pages.

  • To rotate a single page in a submission, find the submission, hover over the thumbnail of the page in question, and click the circular arrow the appears in the bottom right of the thumbnail. Keep clicking until the page is oriented correctly.
  • To rotate all pages in a submission, find the submission and click Rotate Submission to the right of it. Keep clicking until the submission is oriented correctly. To rotate all pages in all submissions, scroll to the bottom of the Manage Scans page and click the Rotate PDF button.
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