Guide - Mark candidates (for single grader)

This guide applies to you as a single grader, when you will mark all submissions by yourself. The process is a bit less complex because you will not align grades with other graders. 

The guide is long, but you can always jump directly to the relevant step by clicking on the table of contents. 

The content of the guide will be based on marking the candidates one by one by first marking the questions in the submission for one candidate and then go to the next candidate.


Table of contents


Sign in to Inspera Assessment

Sign in to Inspera Assessment the usual way. When you are invited as a grader on a test, you will receive an email about this, and the email also contains a link to the test which you are invited to mark. 

  • Open the test from the link in the email, or
  • After signing in, select and open the test you are going to mark from the list.
  • The first workspace you encounter the first time you open the test is the workspace Overview. This is where you are going to start.

The header at the top of the panel shows the test name, your name, what user roles you have in the context of the test, and optionally which committee you belong to. 


You can read more about the header in the article Header for grader.


Get an overview of the candidates

Select the workspace Overview under Workspaces if you are not already there.

The overview shows a list of all of the candidates. The list gives you an overview of the following:

  • Flagged
  • ID (Candidate ID)
  • Attachment
  • Your grade
  • Grades
  • Workflow status
  • Final grade
  • Marking status 
  • Total marks
  • Committee
  • Marking deadline
Tip: In this workspace you can set a grade directly, if you do not want or are not going to mark some of the questions. 


Brief explanation of the Marking workspace and navigation

When you are going to start the marking, start by selecting the workspace Marking under Workspaces

Note: If you want to download and print all of the submissions, click Options in the header, then Print and download all submissions


The Marking workspace

In the workspace Marking, you can look at the candidates' submissions question by question and mark them. 

The tabs over the question give the following choices:


  • 152369 / 2: The answer to the selected candidate and question. On automatically marked questions, correct answers are also displayed. 
  • Question: Here you can see the question as it was given on the test. Correct answers to automatically marked questions will also be shown. 
  • Attachment: If there is an attachment attached to the candidate, you will see this here. A PDF will be displayed directly, while other file types can be downloaded and opened in a suitable program. 
  • Similarity: Question types such as Essay and Upload Assignment can be checked for similarities, and if anti-similarity is enabled you will access the similarity report here. Read more about Similarity reports.  

The panel to right (see image below) shows, among other things, which question type and how many marks the candidate has been given on automatically marked questions. 


In the candidate answer on the question, you can also do the following:

  1. Write and view comments and annotations on the question. Read more about how to read and write comments and annotations
  2. Set marks on the question (this will be described in more detail in Step 1 - Select the candidate and mark the first question).
  3. Mark scheme: If a mark scheme has been written to the question itself, it will appear here. 
  4. Question private notes: Write a private note on the question. This note is only visible to you as a grader and is not shared with anyone. 


See and navigate between candidates and questions

In the footer, you can choose to navigate between candidates and questions that you are going to mark. In the example below, candidate 152369 and question 1 are selected.


You can read more about how to navigate between candidates and questions in the article about the Footer.


Start marking

Step 1 - Select a candidate and mark the first question

  1. Go to the workspace Marking.
  2. Choose the candidate that you want to start the marking on. 
  3. Start with marking question 1.


Automatically marked questions

Automatically marked questions are marked by Inspera Assessment once the candidate has submitted the test. These questions are marked with a lightning icon and have the text Automatically calculated in the upper right corner.  By filtering for Automatic marks in the footer, you can choose to only navigate through the automatically marked questions. 


As a grader you can override the automatically calculated marks. To do this, click Override.


Manually marked questions

On manually marked questions, you as a grader, have to set marks yourself. 

Questions that have not been awarded marks are marked in the upper right corner with Not set


To the right of the question, you will find the option to set marks. Select the number of marks by clicking the dropdown. It is also possible to set marks with up to two decimals. Instead of selecting marks from the list, type the number of marks, for example 2.5 or 2,5.


Once you have set marks, the status of the question changes to "Set by you a few seconds ago".

By clicking Reset, you can reset the marks that you have given. 

Note: Some tests are set up with grades on questions instead of marks - in which case you do not set marks, but choose from the available grades in the dropdown before moving on to the next one. 


Unanswered questions and attachment

An unanswered question contains no answers from the candidate. To be absolutely sure that a question is unanswered, you can check under the column Response in the candidate list on the workspace Results

In some cases, unanswered questions may still contain a response. If there is an attachment added to the submission, this will appear in the toolbar under Attachment


To view the attachment, click Attachment. If the attachment is a PDF, it will appear directly in the view, while other file types must be downloaded. A download link will then appear when you click Attachment


Step 2 - Proceed to the next questions

  1. Proceed to the next question by navigating in the footer.
  2. Mark the question according to the question type.
  3. Repeat until you have marked all of the questions in the candidate's submission.
  4. When you have gone through all of the questions and finished marking, you will receive a message that the grade is calculated and which grade the candidate received. image-17.png
Information: When using grades instead of marks on questions, the grade will not be calculated automatically. We recommend that you go to the workspace Results where you get an overview of all grades set on questions and can set the main grade. 

If you choose to reset the marks on a manually marked question after you have marked all of the questions, you will receive the message "Calculated grade was removed. Since the question marks was removed for (candidate ID)".


Step 3 - Go to the next candidate and mark the questions

  • Navigate to the next candidate by using the footer.
    • Note: The first question that is displayed is the same question number as when you completed the previous candidate. If you want to start on question 1 again, navigate back to the question.
  • Repeat step 1 and step 2. 
  • Do this for all of the candidates.

During your marking, you will see a status bar at the top of the workspace that shows how far along your marking is. This is updated for each question that you have marked. 



Step 4 - Review the marking

When you have completed all of the questions, for all of the candidates, the status bar will show 100 % complete. To review the marking in its entirety, go to the workspace Overview. If you would like to review the marking candidate by candidate and question by question, go to the workspace Results

Note: When using grades instead of marks on the questions, you will get a good overview of all of the grades in the workspace Results


A brief explanation of the workspace Overview

The workspace Overview provides an overview of the candidates with the grades that have been set and the status of the marks. By clicking the list Grade not set, you filter the candidates by whether they have been given a grade or not. 



Brief explanation of the workspace Results

The workspace Results gives you the following overview:

  1. The candidate list: List of candidates with total marks and your grade.
  2. Question list: List of all the questions for the selected candidate.
  3. The question panel: The candidate's answer to the selected question. 


Click through each candidate in the candidate list and see if all of the questions have been marked in the question list. In the question panel, you can also view and write annotations and comments on the question using the commenting tool

Information: When using grades instead of marks on the questions, the question list (2) gives an overview of these and you can select the main grade from the drop-down menu in the candidate list (1). 


Step 5 - Confirm the marking

The final step in the marking process is to confirm your marking. To do this, click Confirm in the header. 


After clicking this button you will be presented with a window where you can confirm your marking. 

In the window that appears, you will start in the list Not graded. If some candidates are missing a grade, they will show in this list. 


The list Incomplete will show you an overview of the candidates who are missing marks on answered questions. 

All candidates shows you an overview of all of the candidates, which committee the candidates belong to (empty if test is not using committees), grades, your grade, final grade and marking deadline if it is set. In this list you still have the option to (1) change grades, (2) look at the submissions, download and print submissions, as well as write explanations at the candidate level. 


When you are ready to confirm your marking, click the blue button Confirm now


By confirming, marks and grades are locked, and the grading protocol becomes available. You can still edit comments and explanations. 

When you click, Confirm now, you will receive confirmation that the marking is approved and the confirm now button will be disabled. 


Note that for graders without committees, it will not say "Workflow for Committee (committee name), but "Workflow for (your name)". 

Click Close (grey button) to return to the marking module. 

If you want to download the grading protocol, you can do this in the header by clicking Download grading protocol


The grading protocol will open in a new tab.


Step 6 - Private notes, explanations, and comments in the submission

You can write both private notes, explanations, and comments in the submission throughout the marking process. Private note fields are available for each question in the marking, and you can choose to include them in the explanation field. 

For more information on writing and sending explanations, please see this guide:

Grader - Write and send explanations.

More information on how to comment on a submission and who can see the comments.

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