Rubrics help assess how well a student has performed in a submitted assessment task across a range of competencies.

Rubrics in Turnitin have three main functions:
  • To allow students to view the marking criteria for an assignment before they submit their work
  • To standardise the marking process
  • To provide feedback for students

To ensure rubrics work effectively they should link to:

  • national discipline standards
  • course learning outcomes and embedded graduate attributes
  • unit learning outcomes and embedded graduate attributes
  • assessment criteria

For more information refer to Providing feedback via individual comments or QuickMark comments

All Turnitin rubrics have a grid format, with marking criteria down the left hand side and a scale across the top. There are three different types:

Standard (percentage/weighted)

This rubric is displayed as a 'percentage' symbol meaning that criteria are weighted by a certain percentage. There are also grading scales displayed horizontally across the top of the grid. Each criteria and scale includes a cell to add descriptive text to both 'criteria' fields and 'scales' fields.

While it is possible to give, varying weights to a criteria all scales within your rubric will have the same value. The column with the highest value must equal the grade for the assignment i.e. if the assignment grade is 30, the HD scale must equal 30.

When a standard rubric is attached to an assignment this type of rubric can calculate and add the overall grade into to the grade field.

Custom (points based)

This Rubric is displayed as a 'pencil' symbol allowing you to enter individual point values into rubric cells. The cell underneath each value allows you to add descriptive text.

A custom rubric provides different points for scoring/grading. Marks are calculated based on your scale and cell selections.

When a custom rubric is attached to an assignment this Rubric will calculate and input the overall grade into the grade field. Individual rubric values can contain decimal points however the total points available will be rounded off to a whole number.

Qualitative (feedback only)

This rubric is displayed as '0' symbol which means it is primarily used for providing descriptive information . As such if this rubric is attached to the assignment it will provide a guide for marking but does not calculate grades.

With a qualitative rubric, values are added at the top of the grid and descriptive text added into individual cells for both the criteria and the scales.

A grading form allows you to set criteria, provide free form comments against each criteria and assign a mark.

Grading form example

Grading forms are a good alternative to rubrics, if you wish to mark within a range.

Upload rubric/grading form

In Turnitin you can create your own rubrics either directly via the Turnitin rubric manager or by importing an electronic format based on the Turnitin rubric template.

For more information see How to create a rubric via excel template

Turnitin rubric: rounding up decimal points to whole numbers

The Rubric Manager allows two decimals places when calculating the total marks for a rubric. It doesn't do any rounding until the grade is applied to the grade field in the Turnitin assignment.

At the point of applying the grade to the grade field the decimal point is converted to the whole number. A decimal or .5 or above is rounded up to the next nearest whole number. A decimal of .49 or below is rounded down.

When using a rubric, including scoring; it will truncate the decimal rather than round it. However when applying it to the grade field in the Turnitin assignment it will round correctly to the whole number mark. Example in the rubric sore calculation it might be displaying 95.0; 95.03 or 95.09., however in the grade field this will be displayed as the whole number 95.

Page last updated on 23/01/2020

Learning & teaching

Please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre for professional development, resources and advice for your learning and teaching needs at ACU.

LEO support

Available 8am-10pm Sydney time, Mon to Fri,
9am-5pm Weekends and public holidays
Closed Good Friday and Christmas


LEO Guides
LEO Guides feedback