Essay Grading

March 10, 2016 Kelly Basara

Users with the proper permissions are able to grade essays online to include individualized comments to each Exam Taker's response. Essay Graders can be assigned to specific questions, Exam Takers, or a combination of both. When setting up Essay Grading, Users can designate a maximum number of points for each question. If grading the same essay question, the question stem can be hidden to provide a full screen view of the essay answers.

Note that this guide refers to Essay Grading. If you have Advanced Essay Grading Enabled, please refer to Advanced Essay Grading Guide.

Creating Essay Scoring Only User

1. Open the Settings & Preferences menu by hovering over your name in the upper right-hand corner.   

2. Choose Manage Graders.

3. Click Manage Graders.

4. Click Create Grader.


6. Fill in the Grader's information. Click Create to finalize.

Setting Up Essays for Point-Based Grading

  1. Navigate to the Assessments tab.
  2. Select an assessment.
  3. Go to the Grade Essays tab.
  4. A list of the available Essay Questions and
  5. Exam Takers who submitted their essays will
    appear. Select the essay desired from the 
    Question # dropdown menu. That essay
    question and each Exam Taker will appear by ID.
  6. Click Assign to assign essay graders to specific questions.
  7. To select specific Exam Takers to assign to each essay grader, check Assign Exam Takers. A new selection opens allowing you to quickly identify the specific Exam Takers responses to assign to each Essay Grader, or you can randomly assign Exam Takers.

Grading Essays

  1. Navigate to the Assessments tab.
  2. Select an assessment and click Grade Essays tab.
  3. All answers will be displayed. To select an essay to grade, click the ID. The user can assign points and add comments in the grading window. Click Save Comments.
  4. Click Print to print the Exam Taker's answer.

Running Essay Grader Reports

  1. Navigate to the specific assessment.
  2. Selecting Reporting/Scoring tab, and select Grader Report
  3. Choose Question/Item and Grader to run report. Note, users with Essay Grader only rights cannot run this report.
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