What is Gradescope? 

Gradescope is a tool designed to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, and code assignments. It supports problem sets and projects as well as worksheets, quizzes, exams, and papers. With Gradescope students can upload pen-and-paper problem sets, to be graded by an instructor or teaching assistant in an easy online interface that also allows for on-the-fly rubric creation and feedback. With Gradescope, instructors can create more consistent grading across students and sections. Also, students receive more consistent feedback.

Why use Gradescope? 

  • Gradescope helps instructors grade problem sets and other assignments more quickly and consistently while still allowing for detailed feedback. 
  • It helps standardize grading across sections and graders, particularly in large classes. 
  • If a grading rubric is changed, Gradescope will retroactively adjust assignments that have already been graded. 
  • Detailed analytics show where students might be struggling with a particular concept. 
  • It integrates with D2L and the D2L grade book, so grades can be easily transferred to D2L.

Create: Link to Gradescope in Course

Provide students with an easy link to your Gradescope course from within D2L.

  1. Open Content.
  2. Add a new module to your course for the Gradescope link.  
    • Type in the module name in the "Add a module..." box at the bottom of the Table of Contents on the left side of the Contents page and press Enter.
       Shows module title Gradescope being typed in the Add a module box in d2l contents tool


  3. Create a Gradescope topic in the module.
    • ​Select Existing Activities, then select External Learning Tools from the Actions menu.
       screenshot showing selecting Existing activities then external learning tools from the actions menu
    • Find Gradescope in the list of tools and click on it to select it.
       Shows the list of external learning tools with gradescope circled in red.
    • A new topic titled Gradescope will be created in your module.
       Screenshot showing the newly created Gradescope content topic


  4. Click on the link to finish the link between Gradescope and your D2L course.
  5. The first time you open the link, you'll be asked what Gradescope course this D2L course should be linked to.  Unless you have already been in building courses, you should choose the first option "A new Gradescope Course."
     window that opens when you first link to the gradescope course with the options for linking.
  6. You will now see your Gradescope course displayed using the same name as your D2L course.  You are now ready to use Gradescope.

NOTE:  We recommend you always access Gradescope through your D2L course to ensure you are signed in to Gradescope correctly and have the full suite of tools available to you through your UArizona account.


Optional:  Open Gradescope in a New Tab

Make it easier to work in Gradescope by opening it in its own tab outside of D2L.

  1. If you'd like a bit more screen area to work in, you can set the link in your D2L topic to open as an "External Link."
  2. Locate the Gradescope topic in your course Contents.  
  3. Click the down arrow next to the topic name and select "Edit Properties In-place" from the Actions menu.
     Screenshot - down arrow has been selected and a red arrow is pointing to edit properties in place
  4. Select the option to "Open as External Resource."
     screenshot - shows the box selected for open as external resource
  5. Now when you select the topic, it will open a new tab with your linked Gradescope course.  You'll see that you can have a lot more room to work in Gradescope in this view and it has all the same functionality as when you use it within your course.

Sync: Your D2L Classlist to Gradescope Roster

Snyc your D2L Classlist to the Gradescope Roster to make it easy for students to access your Gradescope course.

  1. Select the Gradescope link in your Course Content.  This will take you directly to your Gradescope course linked to your D2L course.
  2. Select Roster from the options in the left pane.
     screenshot of gradescope with the Roster option on the left pane circled in red
  3. Select the "Sync Brightspace Roster" button.

    arrow pointing to the sync brightspace roster button which is circled in red
  4. Check that the Gradescope course is linked to the correct D2L (Brightspace) course.  If you are satisfied, select the green Sync Roster button.
     screenshot - area showing the linked course surrounded by box with red border and arrow points to sync roster button

    NOTE:  Uncheck the email notification.  Students will use the link in Content in your D2L course and won't need any other point of access.

  5. A progress bar will be displayed.  Once finished you'll see everyone in your Classlist displayed in the Roster. 
     screenshot showing a roster listing in the gradescope course

NOTE:  The roster does not sync automatically.  If new students are added to your course after your last sync, you'll need to return to the Roster option and click the Sync Brightspace Roster button again to add the new students.  


Learn: Using Gradescope

Where do I find resources to help me learn to use Gradescope in my course?

Gradescope offers instructors excellent support via online help pages and email support.  

  1. Complete online help for all Gradescope questions can be found at ""
  2. If you are new to Gradescope and would like to start at the beginning, you'll likely find this Getting Started page helpful.
  3. Can't find your issue on the help pages?  You can contact the Gradescope support team by using the online form (click Contact at the top of their main Help Page)
     screenshot of top navbar with the Contact link circled in red

    OR you may just email their team directly at

NOTE:  The University of Arizona contracts with Gradescope for all support on using this tool.  At this time there is not a team within the university structure equipped to support Gradescope.