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Choosing an assessment type

Choosing an assessment type depends on whether the instructor would like to administer and collect the assessments in person or for the student to complete and submit their work independently. Detailed descriptions of the two options are shown below:


Any assessment written by students while monitored by the instructor or other supporting staff. The assessment is printed, distributed to students, then scanned and uploaded for online grading.

Example: An in-class exam


  1. Set up your assessment: Upload a template, set up the questions, and generate PDF for printing.
  2. Download and print the assessment: Download and print the PDF file, and assemble into booklets.
  3. Administer the assessment.
  4. Scan and upload completed assessments: Remove staples from booklets, then scan and upload the pages.
  5. Match booklets to students: Associate cover pages with students. This can be done before or after grading.
  6. Grade assessments.
  7. Send grades to students: Grades are sent to each student’s email address.

Additional information: For details about each step see the Administered Assessments category


Any assessment that a student completes independently. The assessment questions are emailed to the student, then answered and submitted by the student for grading online.

Example: A homework assignment


  1. Set up your assessment: Enter details (due date, penalty, notes) and type or copy and paste assignment questions.
  2. Distribute the assessment: Each student will receive an email that links to their submission page. On this page, students can see the assignment questions, when the assignment is due, any additional notes, and submit their completed assessments. For more information, see What will students see after I distribute the assessment?
  3. Students complete the assessment. Depending on how you have set up the questions, students can enter text responses and answer multiple choice questions directly in Crowdmark or they can answer questions on paper or using a word processing program. Files can be saved, scanned, or photographed using a mobile phone and uploaded to Crowdmark in PDF, JPG or PNG format.
  4. After due date has passed, you can begin grading.
  5. Send grades to students: Grades are sent to students via email.

Additional information: For details about each step see the Assigned Assessments category.

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