Video guide

Create a custom Turnitin rubric (YouTube 2m, 12s)


For information on the different types of rubrics available in Turnitin, refer to the Marks / Rubrics / Grading Forms Overview guide.

Note: Turnitin rubrics are different to Blackboard rubrics. It is not possible to use a Blackboard rubric in Turnitin.

Note: The availability of rubrics is based on who is logged on, not what Blackboard course the Turnitin is accessed from. Your tutors will be able to use the rubric you select for marking. 

To pass a rubric on to another staff member, you need to export the rubric/form and they will need to import it into Turnitin (refer to the Export / Import a Rubric/Form guide).

Another option would be to share the spreadsheet the rubric is based on.


Note: The below rubric is an example of how a Custom rubric may be structured.

CriteriaHigh DistinctionCreditPassFail


Argument and analysis (Clarity)

Rigorously argued; very high standard of critical analysis; logical structure clear and perspicuous.

Generally well argued but includes some points requiring more careful exposition or clarification.

Adequately argued but includes some careless analysis, irrelevance or vagueness.

Confusion; flawed and disorderly analysis; irrelevance, no sequiturs, incoherent argument.


Excellent and original illustrations, examples or supporting quotations.

Satisfactory examples, textual support or quotations.

Acceptable choice of illustrations, quotations and examples.

Bad, inappropriate or absence of illustrations and textual support..


Major themes of essay are drawn together and well supported.

Generally well supported, some gaps remain.

Acceptable, some significant issues not adequately addressed.

Serious failure to provide supporting argument for central issue(s) or claims.


Scholarship and sources



Acceptable range of texts and sources.


Fails to refer to recommended readings and key text or other suitable alternatives.

Add a rubric

It is recommended that rubrics be created in a spreadsheet and uploaded to Turnitin. The advantage of this is that rubrics can then be easily copied into your Course Profile and assignment instructions.

Download the spreadsheet template

  1. Right click the below link and save the spreadsheet template.

TurnItIn rubric template  

Complete the rubric

Note: The criteria percentage weightings and standard marks are not included in the spreadsheet.

populate cell details

Note: The criterion titles are limited to 13 characters (including spaces). If the criterion title is too long, leave it as Criterion X and enter the title underneath as the criterion description.

Tip: If you are unsure of character limits we suggest you do not change the criterion titles or the scale titles and do this after you have uploaded the rubric.

Import the spreadsheet into TurnItIn

A rubric can be added when you first set up your Turnitin assignment under Optional settings or by editing an existing assignment.

Refer to the guides Create a Turnitin Assignment (text-based), Create a Turnitin Assignment (non-text based)Create a Turnitin Assignment (no file submission) or Create a Turnitin Revision Assignment

  1.  Navigate to the required assignment link.
  2. Click on the assignment title.
  3. Click on the cog button.

cog button

  1. Expand Optional settings and check the Attach a rubric checkbox.

  1. Launch Rubric Manager panel will be displayed. Click on the Launch Rubric Manager button.

  1. Click on the Export/Import button.
  2. Select Import from the drop down list.

select import

  1. Click on the Select files button.
  2. Browse to and select the complete rubric template.
  3. Click on the View button.

select to view rubric

  1. Enter a name for the rubric.
  2. Click on the Custom rubric icon.
  3. Enter a mark for each criterion/standard “cell”.

Note: Marks can be entered to two decimal places, though the final total mark returned to the Grade Centre will be rounded to a whole number.

Note: Not all criterion/standard “cells” need to be used.

  1. Click on the SAVE button.
  2. Click on the CLOSE button.

select save and close

  1. Select the required rubric from the Rubric drop-down list.

custom rubric