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Gradescope Help

Gradescope can sometimes not provide useful compilation messages when it fails to execute. Here are some things to check, which came up a lot in previous semesters.

Note: You are responsible for ensuring your submission goes through before the deadline. We encourage everyone to submit early to avoid/resolve any issues. The TAs will do their best to respond to last minute compilation issues on Piazza, but cannot make any promises.

Autograder Failures/Error Messages Upon Submission:

The autograder failed to execute correctly. Please ensure that your submission is valid. Contact your course staff for help in debugging this issue. Make sure to include a link to this page so that they can help you most effectively.

Getting this message upon submission? Please check the following before posting on Piazza or going to office hours for help:

  1. Did you submit ALL the required files listed at the “Files to Submit” section of the assignment? This includes checking that you submitted .java files and not .class files. Please do not submit extra files.

  2. Check the files you submitted to Gradescope. Do the names of the files appear as folder/filename.java? If so, please drag the files individually so that they appear only as filename.java. Do not submit a zip of files contained inside a folder.

  3. Are you in the default package? That means checking the top of all files to make sure there is no statement like package src;. Remove all these statements and resubmit.

  4. Are you getting a Jacoco Error? This means you are failing one of your own test cases, or one of your test cases is running in an infinite loop. Try fixing the test case you are failing, and if you can’t fix it by the deadline then just remove it and resubmit.

  5. Do you have print statements? Make sure to delete these before submitting, especially if they are inside of a loop.

  6. Did you accidentally modify any of our class or method headers? Undo those changes and resubmit.

  7. Do your files compile locally? Files that don’t compile locally will most definitely not compile on Gradescope. Worth double-checking :)

  8. Tried all the above and nothing worked? Please post your submission URL on Piazza as a private post, and a TA will get back to you. Alternatively, you can come to office hours for help.

Got full points on compilation tests, but now that the full test suite ran I got a 0

Please post your submission URL on Piazza as a private post, and a TA will get back to you. This is most likely due to one of two reasons:

  1. You had an infinite loop somewhere in your code which caused the autograder to time out.

  2. You had an infinite loop somewhere in your code that caused you to use up too much memory (more common).

In both of these cases, you will be allowed to submit a regrade request without a 20% penalty, since this is an issue with Gradescope (your code has a bug, but not deserving of a 0). A TA will then run your code locally and update your grade accordingly.

Sometimes, the issue is not caused by Gradescope. In this case, if it is a 1-2 line fix, you can follow the usual regrade request policy, and a 20% penalty will be applied.

Submitted .class instead of .java files, but the deadline has passed

Unfortunately, we have no way of grading your assignment as one cannot go from .class -> .java. Showing timestamps of last modified files on your computer will not work either as those can be easily manipulated. If you find yourself in a more particular situation (e.g., you submitted all files normally but accidentally submitted one .class file), please reach out to the Head TAs.

Test failed due to a TestTimedOutException

This means that your test case took too long to run. Sometimes, this can mean your code is inefficient or got stuck in an infinite loop. Other times, it can be caused by an issue with Gradescope being unable to handle running 200+ student submissions at once. You can come to Office Hours and a TA will re-run your test suite on Gradescope. If the TestTimedOutException still does not go away, then there is an issue with your code.

Gradescope is down and I cannot submit

Gradescope, like most other websites, occasionally goes down for maintenance or system updates. During this time, you will see a message on their home page. Please wait a couple minutes (or however long it says to wait), and try again.

If the issue persists and is preventing you from submitting by the deadline, please alert the course staff by posting to Piazza. We will extend the homework deadline if necessary.