Gradescope at Duke

Gradescope is a tool that makes it easy for instructors to take existing paper-based tests, homework, or programming assignments and focus on two important tasks:

    • Speeding up the grading process
    • Providing more consistent feedback to students

This page covers:

  1. Getting started with Gradescope
  2. How Learning Innovation can help you implement Gradescope
  3. Gradescope support documentation
  4. Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started with Gradescope

Step 1. Login

If you’re new to Gradescope, you can start by logging in with your netid:

If you already have a Gradescope account, login with those credentials at first. Then click “Account” in the lower left and select “Edit Account.” From there you can link your Duke NetID under the “Linked Accounts” section.

Step 2. Create a course

  1. Click “Create a course” to bring up the course creation screen. Be sure to choose Duke University as your School to gain access to all features.
  2. Click “Roster” to add your students. Coming soon: The Gradescope integration with Sakai will allow you to auto-import your students from your Sakai site.

Step 3. Create an assignment

  1. Enter the course dashboard and click “Assignments (left menu) > Create Assignment (bottom menu).”
  2. Upload your PDF template and select the appropriate options for your assignment. More information on assignment options can be found in the Gradescope Help Center
  3. Create your Gradescope Outline by drawing colored rectangles for name and question regions, if necessary.

NOTE: You may grade “bubble sheet” assignments and exams using Gradescope, but student submissions must use the Gradescope bubble sheet template. To set up this type of assignment, choose “Assignments (left menu) > More > Create Bubble Sheet Assignment (beta)” and follow the steps presented.

Step 4. Manage student submissions

How you answered the “Who will upload submissions?” section on the create assignment page will determine how Gradescope will manage submissions. At this time we recommend instructors upload the submissions, for better quality control on the scanned submissions.

For instructor/TA uploaded submissions

For student uploaded submissions

Scanning tips

It is important to get a high-quality scan of the assignment submission. Gradescope offers the following tips for getting a great scan.

Step 5. Grade student submissions

  1. From your course, click “Assignments” (left menu) and select the assignment you wish to grade.
  2. Click, “Grade Submissions” on the left.
  3. Select the question you wish to grade.

Step 6. Download Grades

You can download grades from Gradescope to use in your Sakai, Excel, or other Gradebook. Coming soon: The Gradescope integration with Sakai will allow you to publish grades directly to your Sakai site.

Learning Innovation is here to help!

We know that changing the way you grade can be a daunting process. Our consultants can help you get started and answer your questions.

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Gradescope Support Documentation

    1. Gradescope Get Started page
    2. Setting up a course in Gradescope
    3. Setting up an assignment in Gradescope
    4. Student help

A full production demonstration was given on 02/21/18 and recorded below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I login with my netid?

Visit and login with your Duke netid.

If you’re have trouble logging in with your netid, visit

How effective is Gradescope?

UC Berkeley conducted a study with Gradescope in published in 2017 which can be found on their website.

I am having trouble and need more help.

We’ll connect you with one of our consultants to help troubleshoot your issue.

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How is the Gradescope project being managed?

Visit for the most up to date information on the Gradescope project.