Moodle: Activities & Resources: Manually Grading a Quiz

Instructors must manually grade some question types in a quiz activity. For example, essay questions cannot be auto-graded by Moodle and require a grader to input a grade. Manual grading is also an opportunity to provide timely and helpful feedback to students in the feedback area on the grading screen.

To Manually Grade a Quiz Question:

  1. On your course page, click on the quiz with questions that need to be manually graded.
  2. On the quiz page, click on the quiz name or on the attempts link on the quiz card. On the next page, click "Attempts: #."

    Quiz page with Attempts link highlighted

  3. In the list of student attempts, find the question(s) you need to grade. To go directly to the question that needs grading, click Requires grading in the question column. Clicking on either Review attempt or Not yet graded will take you to the top of the quiz attempt, and you will have to locate the question in the quiz.

    quiz attempt screen with links to grade circled in red.

  4. When you click Requires grading, a pop-up will appear for that individual response. Enter a grade and leave a comment by clicking Make comments or override points.

    the pop-up window for manually grading a quiz question

  5. A new pop-up window will open where you can type in the Comment box and enter a grade. If you have entered information for graders in the quiz settings, this will display above the comment box. NOTE: Students are not notified if you leave comments here. You will need to let students know that they should check the Comment area of the questions.

    Pop-up for grading a quiz question manually.

  6. Scroll down in the pop-up to save your response and the grade.

To Access Only Manually Graded Quiz Questions:

  1. You can also go to a page that lists only the questions that need manual grading. To do this, enter the Quiz administration menu from the admin cog wheel in the upper right and click Results. In the dropdown menu, click Manual grading to see a list of only questions that need grading.

    Quiz administration menu showing manual grading link

  2. Clicking one of the grade links on a row will allow you to grade responses for that question. You can view the ones you need to "grade," need to "update grades" under Already graded or select "grade all" under Total to view all responses for that question.

    table of questions needing manual grading


Regrading Quiz Attempts

Regrading may be helpful if a question is incorrect or invalid and needs to be adjusted and then reassessed.

  1. If one or more quiz attempts needs to be regraded, the grader can select the specific attempts and click Regrade selected attempts on the attempts screen. You can also tick the top box and select or deselect all attempts.

    Quiz attempts page with selection boxes and regrading highlighted

  2. To regrade all attempts or run a practice regrading to see how scores would change, click Regrade all or Dry run a full regrade above the attempts list. Scores from a dry run are not added to the gradebook.

    Quiz regrade all or dry run full regrade


Need More Help?

For more information on activities and resources, read the following documentation from Moodle Docs. Note that the documentation does not show the current Moodle theme, but the functionality of the settings is the same. All links will open in a new window.

Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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