Where do I start grading?

You can start grading from four areas:

  • Grades
  • Activity Stream
  • Gradebook tab of a course
  • Submissions tab of a course

When grading from a tablet, only one of the side panels will be open at any time. Accessing one panel will collapse the other.


Start grading from the Grades page. The Grades page provides immediate access to all your courses' grading tasks. From the navigation bar, select Grades. On the Grades page, grading tasks are organized by course, so you can quickly scan your progress, set priorities across the board, and even begin grading. No need to navigate to each course to see what's ready for grading. 

The page only displays information if you need to take action. You see tests that are ready to grade or overdue for students. 

Activity Stream

Start grading from the activity stream. You're alerted when student submissions are ready for grading. Select the link to go directly to the Submissions page for the test. The Submissions page is filtered is filtered to only show students who need grading.  


Start grading from the gradebook. From a course, select the Gradebook tab on the navigation bar. You can choose a gradebook view:

From the grid view 

From the grid view 

From the Gradebook tab, select the Grid view button.  From the grid view, you can see your roster of students who submitted new work. When a student has a new item to grade, select New Submission, View to access the grading page for the submission. 

From the gradable items view 

From the Gradebook tab, select the List view button with three horizontal lines, and then select the Gradable Items tab. You can sort assignments in this view by Grading Status. Graded work is labelled All Graded or Complete.  Select the name of the assignment or X to grade to access the Submissions page. The Submissions page will have the Needs Grading filter applied. Select a student name to start grading a submission. 

From a test

Start grading from a test. When you access a test, the Submissions tab displays all students enrolled in your course. You can search for a student by name or student ID or use the Grading Status filter to display only those submissions that need grading. 

Grade a test submission

With Learn Ultra’s Flexible Grading interface, you can choose to grade assessments by student or by question. This gives you the ability to adapt your grading process. 

Grade by student

Select a test to grade to access the Submissions page. Then select a student to open the grading page. 

Callouts for descriptions of flex grading for assignments
  1. Close the grading page. 

  2. The list of students in the class.

    • If a student has accommodations, a purple pill appears next to their name. 
    • If a student has late submissions or the due date passed with no attempt submitted, a red circle appears around their profile picture. 
  3. Total number of questions in the test.

  4. Expand the Student side navigation menu for increased screen real estate. Collapse the menu to view more of a student's submission. 

  5. By default, the student list includes all students in the class who made an attempt or submission. Use the filter to display all students or only those with attempts that need grading. Use the Needs Grading filter to focus on remaining grading work.

  6. The student you selected to grade. 
  7. The final grade for the submission. Displays once the submission is graded.
  8. Post grades for all graded students. 
  9. The name of the student you are grading.

  10. If the assessment is configured to allow multiple submission attempts, you can select which attempt you want to grade. It also displays the submission time stamp.

  11. The grade for the selected attempt.

  12. The final grade for the submission. This can be overridden.

  13. Use this menu to:  

    • Post the grade for the submission  
    • Delete the submission 
  14. The submission receipt number. 

  15. Show or hide the feedback panel.

  16. The question score.

  17. Use this menu to:  

    • Edit the grade
    • Regrade the submission 
  18. Show or hide the question.

  19. Add feedback to the attempt.

​​​​​​Feedback panel

Select the feedback button to open the feedback panel. The panel remains in place as you scroll evaluate test questions. 

When you post grades, students can view feedback you provided for each attempt, including ungraded attempts. 

Insert a feedback recording in the editor 

You can embed an audio or video recording of your feedback in the editor as you grade attempts. The recording option appears in the feedback editor for most graded items in your course. Students watch or listen to your feedback alongside any text you include. 

This feature isn't supported on all browsers. For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox. 

More on adding audio/video feedback 

Grade by question

Select a test to grade to access the Submissions page. Then select the Questions tab on the left to grade the submissions by question. The center panel displays all the student responses for an individual question. This is especially useful when grading essay questions.

Callouts for descriptions of flex grading for tests by question
  1. By default, the question list includes all questions in the test presented to students. Use the filter to display all questions or only those that need manual grading, such as essay questions. Use the Needs Grading filter to focus on remaining grading work. 

  2. The selected question you have chosen to grade. Includes the question type and text.
  3. The number of responses to the question graded so far. 
  4. If the question is long, expand it to view the full text.
  5. The student you selected to grade. 
  6. Timestamp for the attempt submission.
  7. Question score.
  8. Hide the student response.
  9. Student's answer. 
  10. Show or hide the model answer, if available. 
  11. Scroll down to grade the next student's response.

Grade a test with multiple attempts 

When you create a test, you can choose to let students submit more than one attempt. Multiple attempts change how the test's final grade is automatically calculated. Choose how you want to calculate the final grade: 

  • Average of all attempts 

  • First attempt with a grade 

  • Attempt with highest grade 

  • Last attempt with a grade 

  • Attempt with lowest grade 

If the student has made multiple submission attempts, you can select which attempt you want to grade. In the attempt dropdown menu, you can view the  attempt number, the submission time stamp, and the grade for each submission made. 

The Grade attempts setting determines how the final grade is automatically calculated, but you have the option to override the final grade. Each attempt is subject to the due date you set for the test. If a student submits an attempt after the due date, the attempt is marked late. Attempts submitted before the deadline are shown as on time. 

You can only override the final grade, not the grades for each attempt. If you assign an override grade without grading the student's first attempt, the attempt displays a Needs Grading status. An override label appears next to the grade.

More on the ramifications of overriding grades 

When you post grades, students can view them and any feedback you provided. All feedback for all attempts, even ungraded attempts, shows to students. If you used a rubric or questions that are scored automatically, the grade may already exist for the attempt. 

Final grades 

The final grade for a multiple attempt test is calculated based on the Grade Attempts setting you chose in the Assignment Settings. In the panel that lists a student's attempts, the final grade appears when those attempts are graded. For example, if the final grade is calculated based on the highest graded attempt, the final grade appears immediately after at least one attempt is graded. However, the grade may change as you continue grading more attempts. After you finish grading the attempts, you can post the final grade for the student to see. 

What do students see? 

Tests with multiple attempts list the number of attempts allowed, as well as how the final grade is calculated. Students view this information on the Details & Information page before they begin. When grades are posted, students can view grades for each of their attempts, as well as the final grade. If you decide to override the final grade, a message appears to let the student know.