About using Gradescope’s regrade request system

13 November 2019

Dear students,

The exam results will be revealed soon, and you will be e-mailed via Gradescope. As you know, we have started using Gradescope to grade your exams. One of the benefits of Gradescope is that you can view your scanned exam online together with the grading rubric and the traditional paper-review periods are no longer necessary. If you want some of your questions to be regraded by simply clicking a button, you can send a “regrade request”. However, this does not mean that you should abuse the system by sending unnecessary regrade requests. In that respect, we would like to point out some details related to regrade requests.

Here are the steps that you should follow before sending a regrade request:

  1. Read the sample solutions.
  2. Read the sample solutions once more.
  3. Read your own solution.
  4. You are able to see the grading rubric (located on the right when you display your paper), which means that you should be able to figure out where you lost/take points either by looking at the rubric (points you take are the highlighted items in the rubric) or the comment section or the markings on your paper.
  5. Read the rubric, the comment section and the markings on your paper.
  6. Decide whether or not there is an inconsistency with the rubric and your grading.
  7. If so, send a regrade request. If not, do not send a regrade request.

What is and What is not an acceptable regrade request?

  • You should keep in mind that we do not possess mind-reading abilities and consequently, while grading, we can only grade what we see on your exam paper not what was on your mind. This is exactly why “I didn’t mean that but I actually meant that…” is not an acceptable reason to send a regrade request.
  • You should also keep in mind that most of us have been doing this job for a long time and we have a pretty good idea of what solution deserves how many points. For this reason, it does not matter what you believe your solution deserves, and hence “I believe my solution deserves more…” is not an acceptable reason to send a regrade request either. In other words, we are not going to accept any regrade request objecting/arguing/criticizing the grading rubric itself!
  • Similarly, “at least I found a correct final numerical answer even if my justification is incorrect or insufficient, so I believe  that I should get extra points from here or there…”  may not be an acceptable reason either. Because correct answers with incorrect justification are only *accidentally* correct; they may receive no credit according to the grading rubric. So check the rubric carefully, and please be aware of the fact that regrading request is NOT the right place for bargaining for points.
  • The regrading period allows students to realize their mistakes and to provide double-check opportunities with their exam papers in case of any possible errors, such as submitting the wrong/missing item(s), and so inconsistency with the rubric and your grading, etc… We expect you to decide whether or not there is such an inconsistency, and if so, then send a regrade request.
  • Do not send a regrade request just because you can not understand where your mistakes are.  You sholud be able to compare solution key and grading rubric with your solution.
  • Note that sending regrade request does not always mean that you will get an extra credit, in fact, in some cases it may also lead to lose a credit!

Perhaps, we should finally point out that if you try to abuse the Gradescope’s regrade request system by sending regrade requests for the whole exam or sending obviously unnecessary regrade requests, then we may have to make you deal with the more formal procedure next time if you wish your exam to be regraded.

To sum up, please send a regrade request only if you genuinely believe that there has been a mistake in the grading of your exam.

Best regards

MATH 119 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry

METU 2360119