Last week I got an email from a reader who was looking for advice about grading short-answer questions in Google Forms. Specifically, the person wanted to know if there was a more efficient way to grade short-answer questions than tabbing through the “responses” pages.
While you can have short-answers automatically graded for you in Google Forms, it only works if students write their answers exactly as you wrote the answer key. That doesn’t work well if you are requiring students to write complete sentences in their own words. In those cases you have to manually grade your students’ responses to your questions. When I’m not using Google Classroom I do that by having Google Forms generate a spreadsheet of responses for me. I can then grade students’ responses in one long column and update the scores in one long column.
In this short video I demonstrate how to grade short-answer questions in Google Forms when you’re not using Google Classroom.