This article will show you how to manage, grade & comment on submitted essays. To learn more about setting up the Essay question, read the last part of this article.


Accessing Submitted Essays

Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > QUIZZES

Click on the Submitted Essays tab. 



Filter Essays

The page content of Submitted Essays contains all essays submitted by all users for all quizzes. 


To find the specific Essays that you are looking for, you can filter the list in a couple of ways: 

  1. Choose between Graded & Not Graded (shown in pink)
  2. If you click on a course participant you will be shown every essay that the specific participant has submitted. 
  3. Filter by the course, lesson or quiz that the essay is associated with (shown in blue)
    1. Choose option(s) from the dropdown menus
    2. Click the Filter button

How to filter LearnDash submitted essays




Grading & Awarding Points

There are two ways to grade essays & award points.


From the Listing Screen

This is the quick & easy way to grade an essay.


  1. From the Submitted Essays listing screen…
  2. Enter the number of points you’d like to award
  3. Click the approve button

The page will reload and you’ll see the status change from “Not Graded” to “Graded,” and the appropriate points will be displayed.


No further adjustments can be made from the listing screen, but you can open each individual essay if you need to make any changes.


Individual Essay

This method is a little more time-intensive, but provides more flexibility. You can change an essay from “Graded” to “Not Graded,” as well as adjust the points awarded.


  1. From the Submitted Essays listing screen…
  2. Click on an essay title to edit it
  3. Find the Essay Grading Status section in the sidebar
  4. Update the essay status (Graded or Not Graded)
  5. Update the points awarded
  6. Click the Update button to save your changes


If you previously set the grading of the essay to Not Graded, No Points Awarded, then the status and grade of the quiz will no longer be in Pending status after you award points and indicate that the essay is graded.


If the user did not meet the passing threshold prior to grading, but after the grading of the essay they meet the threshold, then they will be permitted to continue with the course.


Commenting on Essays

By default, all submitted essays actually have their own page. You can access that page by clicking on the permalink at the top of the individual essay screen in the WordPress admin.


LearnDash essay permalink in admin


As an admin, if you’d like to leave a comment for the user:


  1. Make sure “Allow comments” is checked in the Discussion section
  2. In the Comments section, click the “Add comment” button
  3. Type your comment
  4. Click the “Add Comment” button to save your comment




Your comment will now appear on the essay page mentioned above.