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: or going to, clicking “Login” (upper right), then “School Credentials” (lower left).

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. 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.Note: To use the gradebook integration, you must be using the Sakai Gradebook, not the Gradebook Classic.Note: 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.

Fall 2018 gradescope sites created prior to the sakai integration

If you had already created a roster in your Fall 2018 Gradescope course manually, before the Sakai integration was available, but now wish to enable the Sakai integration in your Fall site, click the “Sync Sakai Roster” button at the bottom of your roster page. All of your students will be linked to Sakai. If some students end up with duplicate accounts (because their email on your manually-created roster is different from their email in Sakai), please email, and they can merge the accounts.

Syncing your Sakai roster with Gradescope won’t affect any already graded assignments.

Step 3. Create an assignment

NOTE if you have your site connected to Sakai: at this time you are unable to connect a Gradescope assignment to an existing column in the Sakai gradebook. Instead, create the assignments in Gradescope first, then when you send the grades to Sakai, a gradebook column for that assignment will be created in Sakai. Reminder that you must use Sakai Gradebook, not Gradebook Classic.

  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 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 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. The Gradescope integration with Sakai will also allow you to publish grades directly to your Sakai site.

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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.

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