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How do I grade Tests & Quizzes?

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Most question types in Tests & Quizzes are automatically graded by the system. However, you will need to manually score short answer/essay questions, file uploads, and audio recordings. You may also adjust the auto-graded scores, add comments, or give partial credit.

If you would like to send your assessment scores to the Gradebook so that they can be included in the course grade calculation or allow students to see an answer key or other feedback in Tests & Quizzes, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?

On the Total Scores screen for an assessment, you can see the total score each student received based on the points from auto-graded questions (such as multiple choice and true false). You may adjust the students' scores and for students who submitted the assessment, you can add comments.

For more information on manually grading individual student submissions or questions, see the following articles:


  • Tests & Quizzes will NOT automatically grade students with no submission. If a student who did not submit an assessment should receive a grade of 0, instructors need to enter a 0 for that student.
  • Comments cannot be added within the Tests & Quizzes tool for students with no submission and they do not have access to feedback for assessments they did not submit. To print an answer key to an assessment to provide to students who did not submit, see How do I print an assessment (i.e., test or quiz)?
  • Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, instructors cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student's Course Grade.

Select Tests & Quizzes.

select tests & quizzes

In the target Sakai site, select Test & Quizzes from the Tool Menu.

Select the Published - All view. (Optional)

select the view menu and choose  published - all

Select the Published-All option in the View dropdown menu to view only the assessments that have been released to students.

Go to the assessment submissions.

select the number of submissions for a test

Select the number of student submissions in the Submitted column. Alternatively, use the Actions dropdown menu to choose Scores.

Display multiple submissions for students. (Optional)

choose which submissions to display

By default, the submission that displays for each student will be based on the assessment's Recorded Score setting. For example, if the test is configured to accept the highest score, the highest scoring submission will display.

If the assessment allows multiple submissions, or if a student has submitted an allowed retake, instructors may choose to view all student submissions by selecting All Submissions from the View dropdown menu.

Enter score adjustment and overall comments.

enter any score adjustments

To make a grade adjustment to the overall assessment score:

  1. Enter a positive or negative score into the Adjustment column to add or subtract points from the student's overall score.
  2. Enter comments in the Comments for Student column. Students will see these comments when they view the assessment feedback. Optionally, attach a file containing additional feedback. Select Add Attachments to attach a file.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select Update to save all changes.

Note: The Final Score column will display the adjusted score after saving any changes.

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