ZipGrade Basics

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ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish.

  • Free download (100-scans/month) OR Unlimited Scanning: $6.99 for 1 year
  • Test forms are download/printable (come in pre-fab 20/50/100 question forms OR custom forms)
  • PDF is best for general use
  • PNG is best for customizing and importing
  • App for iPad/iPhone, OR Android


  • Time economy! Grading process and result/grade display are immediate - time saver for instructors.
  • Instant feedback for students
  • Highly efficient formative assessment tool (item analysis)
  • Can work offline - grades will sync automatically when internet service returns (grade in the car)
  • Import/export CSV files (student rosters, etc)

Getting Started:

See how easy it is to get started! 

1. Print Answer Sheets
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2. Create Quiz and Key
On the 'Quizzes' screen in the mobile app, press 'New' in the upper-right.
Give the quiz a meaningful name, select the answer sheet, and click 'Create Quiz' to arrive at the 'Quiz Menu'
Press 'Edit Key'. Either scan a known good answer sheet or enter the correct answers for each question. Press 'Done' when complete.

3. Grade Papers
Press 'Scan Papers' to start grading.
Grade papers by aligning the 4 corner squares on the paper in the 4 viewfinders on the screen.
The app will vibrate or make a camera sound when the image is acquired.
A color coded image of the result with percentage grade registers instantly.

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Press done to go to 'Review Papers' or 'Item Analysis'.

4. Review Results
Press 'Review Papers' to see the results and review each paper.
Press 'Item Analysis' to see statistics for each question.

5. Sharing Results*

When grading is complete, select 'Review Papers' followed by the upload icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

A list of export formats will become available (various version of PDF and CSV). Select the format you prefer and hit 'Next'.

From here, a list of export options will become available; email, Dropbox or Google Drive.

If Drive is selected, the file will export to the user's Google Drive and create a folder there. This folder can be shared within the drive to a selected user.

ZipGrade has many helpful trouble shooting and FAQ resources.

*ZipGrade may be the most useful and relevant tool to use when you are not planning to physically return graded exam sheets to an entire class. The result sharing process is estimated to take approximately 1-2 minutes per quiz and may be most time effective tool for smaller classes or quizzes/exams that do not require a returned exam image.