Gradescope helps you seamlessly administer, collect and grade all of your assessments, whether online or in-class. Save time grading, grade more consistently and get a clear picture of how your students are doing.

This page covers:

  1. Getting started with Gradescope
  2. Gradescope support documentation
  3. Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started with Gradescope

Intro workshops and tutorials:

We strongly recommend that instructors new to Gradescope attend or watch a recording of a 1-hour getting started workshop:

If you are an instructor new to Gradescope, and after watching or attending a getting-started workshop you still would like more specific training, you may request a 1:1 Zoom-based tutorial from Gradescope by emailing help@gradescope.com. In the email, please clarify on what topics you need more training.

Instructors of large classes may also request training for their entire teaching staff (co-instructors, TAs and other support staff), and departments may also request training for a group of instructors by emailing help@gradescope.com or using the “Get a Demo” button at the top of the gradescope.com homepage.

Some basic instructions for Duke/DKU

Note: Full Gradescope documentation is available at their help site. The instructions below are solely for a few Duke/DKU-specific things of interest to instructors using Gradescope here. Please see the help site for much more.

Note: In Gradescope’s documentation about using Gradescope with Sakai, there are different instructions in some places, depending on the method of integration a university is using between Gradescope and Sakai. Duke currently uses the LTI 1.0 + API integration type. Be sure to use the documentation for that integration type, where relevant.

Step 1. Always login with your Duke NetID

You can do this one of two ways:

  1. Enable Gradescope as a tool in Sakai (see “Linking your Sakai and Gradescope courses“) and access Gradescope via a Sakai menu button. Note that Gradescope will open as a new tab/new window as a pop-up, so you may need to enable pop-ups in your browser.
  2. Go to http://gradescope.com, click “Login” at the upper right, click “School Credentials,” choose Duke NetID.

Note: If you login via NetID and don’t see all of your expected Gradescope sites, it may be because you inadvertently have two Gradescope accounts. You can merge these accounts and then try logging in again. If you still don’t see all expected sites, contact Gradescope support. If one of your students reports not seeing your course site when they log into Gradescope using their netID, first ensure you have completely synched your Gradescope roster with Sakai (see below), if using Sakai, or that you have recently uploaded an accurate roster .csv file. If resynching the roster doesn’t resolve the issue, the student can attempt to merge accounts, or contact Gradescope support.

Step 2. Create a course site connected to your Sakai site

If you enable Gradescope as a tool within your Sakai site, the process will walk you through creating a corresponding Gradescope site and linking it to your Sakai site.

If you prefer to establish the link from the Gradescope side, in Gradescope:

  1. Click “Create a course” to bring up the course creation screen. Be sure Duke University is listed as your School.
  2. Inside your new course, click “Course Settings,” then click the “Link” button under “Sakai Course” to choose the Sakai site to which you want to connect your Gradescope site. Linking to Sakai will allow you to import your Sakai roster (including TAs and any other personnel you have added in Sakai), and will allow you to send grades from Gradescope back to Sakai.
    If you don’t have a Sakai site, skip this step. You can also do this later.

Step 3. Sync your Sakai roster

To add the full roster from your chosen Sakai site, click “Roster” in the left Gradescope menu, then click “Sync Sakai Roster” in the middle of the right-hand page.

If you prefer not to link your Gradescope site to Sakai, or if you don’t use Sakai, click “Roster” to add your roster as a .csv file, as described here.

Note: If some students aren’t able to see your Gradescope course site when they login with their netIDs, although you see them in your Sakai or SIS roster, be sure your roster in Gradescope has been updated/synced recently. If that doesn’t help, the students may have two separate Gradescope accounts and need their accounts merged. See the “Note” under item 1, above, for instructions.

Step 4. Create an assignment

More information on assignment types and set-up instructions can be found in the Gradescope Help Center.

NOTE: For paper-based “bubble sheet” assignments and exams, students must use the Gradescope bubble sheet template, which they will need to be able to print if they are learning remotely and you aren’t handing that out in class. You can also do multiple-choice style exams completely online in Gradescope, using the Online Assignment assignment type.

Step 5. Manage student submissions

Manage instructor-uploaded submissions. Also see scanning tips for instructors.

If you are using an assignment type in which students upload their own submissions, you may skip this step, but you may want to inform students about Gradescope’s recommendations for improved scanning, and ask students to use one of Gradescope’s recommended scanning apps for capturing and uploading their work.

Step 6. Grade student submissions

Information about the basic grading interface, but see also information about fully online assignments.

Step 7. Export grades to Sakai

Final grades for an assignment can be moved to Sakai, or can be downloaded to your computer. Note that students will need to login to Gradescope.com to see detailed grading feedback on their assignments; only the overall assignment grade gets moved to Sakai. Also note: at this time, synching grades to Sakai creates a new column in the Sakai gradebook, rather than posting grades into an existing column.

Learning Innovation can help

We know that changing the way you assess and grade can be a daunting process. Our consultants can help you think through your grading process, and which tools and approaches might work best for you, given your assessment needs. Feel free to request an assessment consultation.


Full Gradescope documentation

  1. Gradescope’s comprehensive help site (new materials being added daily)
  2. Setting up a course in Gradescope
  3. Setting up an assignment in Gradescope
  4. Student documentation, including how it looks to submit an assignment as a student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why don’t I see all of my sites when I login?

If you login via NetID and don’t see all of your expected Gradescope sites, it may be because you inadvertently have two Gradescope accounts. You can merge these accounts and then try logging in again. If you still don’t see all expected sites, contact Gradescope support. If one of your students reports not seeing your course site when they log into Gradescope using their netID, first ensure you have completely synched your Gradescope roster with Sakai (see below), if using Sakai, or that you have recently uploaded an accurate roster csv file. If resynching the roster doesn’t resolve the issue, the student can attempt to merge accounts, or contact Gradescope support.

How can I know what Gradescope functionalities are in development?

If you’re curious about what is on Gradescope’s product roadmap and which features are in beta release or being explored, you can view their product roadmap (must log into Trello to view most content). You can suggest new features by commenting on the “click here for how to give feedback” card.

I am having trouble using Gradescope and need more help.

Contact Gradescope support at help@gradescope.com, and copy learninginnovation@duke.edu. Gradescope support personnel are available 24/5 and for urgent inquiries on the weekend.