Gradescope: A Feedback and Assessment Tool

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Save time on grading so you can do more of what matters - teaching! 
With Gradescope, students receive faster and more detailed feedback on their work, and instructors can see detailed assignment and question analytics. And it integrates with Nexus as an external tool.




On This Page:

What is Gradescope
Basic Process
Get Started
Links to Gradescope Support Documents
Getting Help

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope is on online tool to help you grade more quickly and consistently by using rubrics for point assignments and sets of standard responses to common errors. The tool enables you to grade assignments, quizzes and exams faster and more uniformly, and to give better feedback to students.

It's especially useful for materials that are handwritten, providing an interface for students to turn in scans of their paper assignments, which can then be structured within the program to link responses to particular questions.

Gradescope is popular with any teacher who assign problems requiring mathematical or diagrammatic responses, but it is also useful for other disciplines with text that is difficult to typeset such as languages using non-Roman alphabets, or for more graphical materials such as musical scores or maps.


Watch this short introductory video: (less than 2 mins)




The Basic Process


Here are the basic steps:

  1. The instructor prepares homework or exam questions. This could be as a PDF delivered to students, or as another online document.
  1. Students print the document or simply reference the question numbers on blank sheets of paper. In either case, they print their name at the top of each page, answer the questions, and assemble their responses in proper order.
  1. Students scan the document with their smartphones, using any of a number of available scanning apps, or on a regular scanner. Alternatively they can be submitted in physical form to the graders, who then scan them (e.g. with a sheet-fed scanner).
  1. The scans are uploaded to Gradescope under the student’s name, and their answers are delineated with drawing tools, in correspondence to the instructor’s template.
  1. Faculty score submissions on Gradescope, each question across all students, using a standard rubric and providing comments from a set describing common errors. If the rubric needs to change, point assignments are automatically updated.



Getting Started


Learning Technologies would be glad to help you get started with GradescopeJust send an email to the Help Desk, submit a ticket through the ITS Service Catalog, or call (518) 388-6400. Be sure to check if there are any upcoming workshops on our Upcoming Learning Technologies + Environments Trainings (+ Recordings) page in the Knowledge Base.

If you want to get started immediately, you can log in to Gradescope using the College’s single sign-on.

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Gradescope is now on your MyApps page.

Go to MyApps, and make sure you're logged in.

Click on the Gradescope button to be taken directly there.  



Image: Login button

Go directly to and click on the [Login] button in the upper right corner. 


On the login screen, select the [School Credentials] button.

Scroll down to select Union College from the list of institutions. (They are in alphabetical order.)

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If you're logged in through MyApps, you'll be directed to the Gradescope website.

If you're not signed in through MyApps, you'll be directed to the college's Single-Sign-On page and then on to the website.



Links to additional documentation

You can visit Gradescope: Get Started anytime. Click on the links below to go to the specific item on the page. 


Course Management:

Assignment Workflow

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Getting Help

The Gradescope team is the fastest and easiest way for faculty and students to get assistance. They are happy and eager to help you at You can find more information about the support Gradescope offers in this blog post and in this FAQ Guide for delivering remote assessments. Extensive online documentation is available through Gradescope’s Getting Started videos and support articles. You can also see what features are in development and leave your feedback on Gradescope's product roadmap.

The Gradescope Tool in Nexus can pass course information and authorization to Gradescope to simplify setting up your assignments and student access, and can link directly to assignments in Nexus to return grades. Follow this link to Learn How to Integrate Gradescope into Nexus.




If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.


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Article ID: 121312
Mon 11/30/20 4:30 PM
Thu 12/3/20 9:42 AM

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