Gradescope is a tool that makes it easy for instructors to focus on two important aspects of grading:

    • 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

Recorded workshops:

Two one-hour “Introduction to Gradescope” workshops were recorded recently and are available for viewing: April 4, 2019 and April 10, 2019.

Step-by-step basic instructions

Step 1. Login with your Duke NetID

You can login with your netid at or going to, clicking “Login” (upper right), then “School Credentials” (lower left).

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.
  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.

Step 3. Sync your Sakai roster

To add the full roster from your chosen Sakai site, click “Roster” in the left 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 shown in the video below.

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 roster, the students may have two separate Gradescope accounts and need their accounts merged. For help with this, please email

Step 4. 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, student ID,  and question regions, as 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” and follow the steps presented.

Step 5. 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 exams, for better quality control on the scanned submissions. If students upload submissions, we recommend that student use a scanner app (Gradescope’s tip sheet for student-submitted scans).

Scanning tipS for faculty

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

Step 6. 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 7. Download grades

You can download grades from Gradescope to use in your Sakai, Excel, or other Gradebook. The Gradescope integration with Sakai will also allow you to publish grades directly to your Sakai site. Students will need to go to to see detailed feedback on their work, if you allow that.

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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

Two recent one-hour Duke Gradescope workshops were recorded and are available for viewing: April 4, 2019 and April 10, 2019.  The features and processes demonstrated in the workshops are the same, although the questions asked by the attendees differ (and therefore slightly different information was presented in each).

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.

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