Grading Quizzes/Tests

Grade Classic Quiz by Question in Speedgrader

Last updated on November 4, 2021

Note: Grading by question is only available in Classic Quizzes. As of yet, New Quizzes do not have this functionality.

When grading quizzes and exams, you may prefer to grade all responses to a single question rather than grade student submissions individually. Grading this way can help you focus on the context of the question rather than constantly switching your focus to different questions. Changing to a grade-by-question setting in Canvas Speedgrader is easy to do and may save you time during grading. The grade-by-question option is only available in classic quizzes.

Canvas grades multiple-choice and true/false questions for you, but whether students have immediate access to those grades depends on whether you have your gradebook set to automatically or manually post grades. 

If your gradebook is set to automatically post grades, the students will have immediate access to their grades for all multiple-choice or true/false questions, so only the essay questions will be ungraded. As you finish grading each ungraded question, students will have immediate access to their grades. If your gradebook is set to manually post your grades, grades will not yet be available to students until you specifically post them.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click on Quizzes on the left-hand course navigation menu.
  6. Click on the Classic Quiz that you’d like to grade by question.
  7. Click on Speedgrader from the menu on the left or bottom of the pge, depending on the size of your browser window.
  8. Click on Settings (gear icon) in the top-left.
  9. Select Options
  10. Check the Grade by Question box. 
  11. Click the Save Settings button.
  12. Choose the Question you wish to grade from the number bar at the top of the page. 
  13. Click on the Right and Left Arrows in the number bar to see and grade additional questions.
  14. Enter Feedback in the Assignment Comments text box.
  15. Enter Grade in the Assessment box if not already graded.
  16. Click the Update Scores button at the bottom of the quiz window.
  17. Click on the Back and Next Arrows next to the student’s name to grade the next student’s answer to the question. 
  18. Repeat Steps 13–17 for each question in the quiz.
    • If your grades are set to be posted automatically, they will now be visible to the students. If you post manually, continue with the following steps.
  19. Click on the Post or Hide Grades (eyeball icon) in the top left of the page when you are ready to post your student grades. 
  20. Select Post Grades.
  21. Choose between Everyone or Graded
  22. Click Post.