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Gradescope is an online grading tool that allows paper-based assignments to be scanned, submitted, graded, and analyzed quickly and efficiently.

Stanford provides campus-wide access to Gradescope

All Stanford users can access Gradescope using their SUNet credentials. Click "Launch" below to access your Stanford Gradescope account.

If you have previously created a Gradescope account with a non-Stanford email address refer to "How do I login using my school's credentials?" for more information.

Grading hand-written assignments

Gradescope's primary use is to grade and manage paper-based handwritten assignments. After initial setup and syncing with Canvas, hand-written paper assignments can be scanned and uploaded to Gradescope by the instructor or by individual students. Once uploaded, Gradescope uses handwriting recognition to identify the students' names and responses, organizing them for grading. Gradescopes dynamic rubric provides flexibility in grading and providing feedback. The final scores can then be synced to Canvas and students can view the feedback.

Other use-cases

Gradescope also allows you to create online assignments that include a variety of question types, such as multiple-choice, short-answer, and open-ended, that students can answer directly within the interface by typing, selecting, or uploading their responses. 

Additionally, Gradescope programming assignments work with all programming languages and can be autograded, manually graded, or use a combination of autograding and manual grading. Instructors can also check code similarity reports to flag potential plagiarism cases.

Benefits of Gradescope

Gradescopes handwriting recognition and dynamic rubric can save your teaching team a lot of time. Student submissions are easier to organize and keep track of with Gradescope. Assignment questions with similar responses can be graded all at once. And changes you make to the rubric as you are grading are automatically applied and recalculated on all submissions. 

Gradescope also helps instructors in grading fairly and objectively. Gradescope allows you and the teaching team to grade anonymously and changes to the dynamic rubric are automatically applied to all submissions ensuring accuracy and fairness.

Gradescope also makes it easy to give feedback comments and annotations on student submissions.

Gradescope for remote exams

How can Gradescope help with remote exams?

Gradescope allows you to collect and grade existing paper-based printed assignments more efficiently online.

Is Gradescope the right fit for my exam?

If you already have an exam in place that is designed to be completed by hand and can’t or don’t want to convert it into an exam that can be taken on a computer, you might consider Gradescope as an option.

Gradescope works best for hand-written exams. If your exam requires students to solve equations by hand, draw diagrams, or annotate then Gradescope is the best choice. 

In a remote exam context, students would print a paper copy of the exam PDF you provide, complete it by hand, then scan and upload it to Gradescope to be graded. 

Gradescope also works well with bubble-sheet or scantron-style multiple-choice exams. Students would print a paper copy of Gradescope’s bubble-sheet template, then fill in that sheet while viewing a PDF of the exam questions you provide. Once completed, they would scan and upload it to Gradescope to be graded.

Gradescope supports scheduled release and due dates and times for a timed exam.

Which remote exam solution do you recommend for my exam format?

Gradescope recommended:

  • Paper exam where student writing by hand is critical
  • Bubble-sheet or scantron style exam with only multiple-choice and no other question types

Canvas Quiz recommended:

  • Exams that can be completed by students with only a keyboard and mouse
  • Exam with a mixture of question types 

Canvas Assignment recommended:

  • Essay or final project where students upload a completed work

How to use Gradescope

Here is a brief summary of the Gradescope workflow for a typical handwritten assignment or exam:

  1. Instructor
  2. Students
  3. Instructor

Learn more

Introduction to Gradescope

Introduction to Gradescope with Galileo Friedman, Sept 12, 2019.

See also the Introduction to Gradescope with Olga Stadiepresented on March 11, 2020.


Technical support questions related to Gradescope should be directed to

For all other inquiries, please contact us:

Academic Technology Solutions Lab
Center for Teaching & Learning
(650) 723-4242