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What are the different types of submissions in Gradescope?

This article provides an overview of submission types allowed for in Gradescope.

Understanding submission types

Variable-length submissions

In most cases, your instructor will allow you to turn in a variable-length submission for written assignments and as a students can upload either images (JPG & PNG) or PDF. This means your answers may span across any number of pages and responses may not be located in the same place on each page. If your instructor will accept a variable-length submission, when you open or start the assignment, you’ll have two options for submitting your work:

  • Individual images, one or more per question. 
  • One PDF that contains the whole submission; Gradescope will ask you to mark where each answer is located.

Note: When an instructor submits on behalf of a student to a variable-length assignment, this would need to be in a PDF format only. 

Fixed-length submissions

In some cases, such as when you’re turning in a worksheet, your instructor may want your responses fixed to particular locations on each page of the document you submit. This is called a fixed-length submission. Because your instructor already knows where your responses will be, you only need to upload your completed PDF and will not be asked to indicate which page(s) contain the answers to each question. If your instructor would like a fixed-length submission, when you open or start the assignment, you’ll only have one option for submitting your work:

  • One PDF that contains the whole submission
Note: For fixed-length (templated) assignments, Gradescope only accepts PDFs.

Online Assignment submissions

Your instructor can also set up what’s called an Online Assignment. Online Assignments let your instructor give you a mix of questions with some that ask you to enter your answers online in Gradescope and others that ask you to upload images or files containing your answers. Here are the ways you could be asked to give your answers in an Online Assignment:

  • Short answer - you enter your response on Gradescope using a word, number/equation, or a few words. Responses are auto-graded as ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ based on an instructor-provided correct answer.
  • Free response - you enter your response on Gradescope using multiple lines or paragraphs
  • Multiple choice - you select the single correct answer from a group of options on your screen
  • Select all - you select all the correct answers from a group of options on your screen
  • File upload - you answer the question outside of Gradescope and then upload a file or image of the answer

Code submissions

In addition to creating written and online assignments, your instructor can also set up programming assignments that allow you to submit code. For programming assignments, you’ll have three options for submitting your work:

  • Drag and drop your code file(s) into Gradescope
  • Submit a GitHub repository
  • Submit a Bitbucket repository




Keywords:length, homework, file, page, response, answer, options, work, complete, question, code, variable, fixed, online, submission   Doc ID:104395
Owner:Szymon M.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-07-27 14:05 CDTUpdated:2020-08-10 20:01 CDT
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