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Grading with rubrics

Before getting started

Rubric grading comes after importing exam papers. If you haven't imported your exam papers yet, check out Importing handwritten answers and Importing scanned bubble sheets for more information.

What are rubrics?

A rubric is a grading guide that makes explicit the criteria for judging students' work. For example, if you have an essay question, you might have the following rubrics:

  • 10 points: for the perfect answer.
  • -3 points: for deviating from the topic.
  • -2 points: for reptitive sentences.

By default, OpExams adds a rubric for the full scroe and a rubric for 0 points.

How to use rubrics?

When you're grading method is set to groups, the rubric item will apply to all answers in the group.

  1. You can see the list of rubrics in the right sidebar. To assign a rubric to an answer, you simply click on it. You can see the total score above the rubric items.

  2. You can add a new rubric by clicking on the Add rubric item button. Or by pressing the letter R on your keyboard.

  3. You can edit a rubric by hovering on the item and clicking on the Edit button. You can delete a rubric by clicking on the Trash icon.

  4. You can reorder the rubrics by dragging and dropping them using the drag handle next to each item.

  5. After you're done grading an answer. You can use the navigation panel to move to new answers.


Here are some shortcuts that you can use while grading to make your life easier.

  • Press R to add a new rubric item.

  • Press Enter to jump to the next ungraded answer.

  • Press Left Arrow to jump to the previous answer/group.

  • Press Right Arrow to jump to the next answer/group.

  • Press Up Arrow to jump to the previous question.

  • Press Down Arrow to jump to the next question.

  • Press the number of the rubric item to assign it to the answer.