Using Gradiance

Note: The instructions below were written some time back. Please let us know if you find that some of these are not valid now.


Gradiance is a web-based tool for accelerated learning and evaluation: no paper assignments, no delayed feedback anymore. It can be accessed at The user interface is simple and intuitive, so you will probably figure out most of the things by yourself (as long as you are never too lazy to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page). This page is meant to fill in the gaps.

Account setup Creating an account on Gradiance is free. Below are the steps to do so:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the "Create New Account" button
  3. Fill out the form on the next page. Be sure to use your real first/last name as it shows up on Axess and use your SUnetID as your Unique User ID if possible*
  4. Once you have created your account, sign up for the class (see below)
*If you are not able to sign up with your SUnetID beacuse it is too short, simply append an underscore and repeat your SUnetID. For example, "abc" would become "abc_abc".

Class signup. Once you have an account you can log into Gradiance. When you log in for the first time, you have to sign up for the class. For this purpose, use the class signup token C4A57037 After completing this step you should be all set and ready for the assignments.


Mechanics. Each assignment consists of a number of multiple-choice single-answer questions. You have to submit the answers to all the questions at once. Correct answers increase your score, while incorrect answers decrease your score.

Multiple attempts. Usually, you will be allowed to redo the same assignment several times until when it becomes past-due. Your assignment score is the score of your most recent attempt.

Timeout. 50 minutes after you load the assignment web page, an alert warns you that you only have 10 more minutes left to work on your solutions. Please disregard this message—there is no actual limit on the time you may spend on solving the problems.

Feedback. Each time you submit a solution, the system provides you some information on the choices that you made. After the assignment submission deadline, you will be allowed to access the complete correct answers to the questions.