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D2L - Editing the .CSV File Received from the TAC for Upload

Last Updated: 10/19/2012


It may sometimes be required to edit the .CSV file received from the Testing and Assessment Center (TAC) in order to upload it into a Desire2Learn gradebook. Please consult the instructions below when editting the TAC file.

*Note: This process can be quite confusing. If you are having trouble uploading/editing the .CSV please contact your Academic Technology Consultant.


With a few edits, you can upload the .CSV file you receive from the Testing and Assessment Center (TAC) to your Desire2Learn grade book. The first step in this process is reformatting the .CSV.

  1. Open the .csv file in your spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel).
  2. Delete all unnecessary rows and columns. The columns that remain should be the SID column and the column containing the student exam grades.
  3. Rename the SID column to “OrgDefinedId”.
  4. Add the words “Points Grades” after the name of the column with student’s grades. For example, if the grades were in a column called Test 1, rename the column “Test 1 Points Grade”.
  5. Add a column called “End-of-Line Indicator”.
  6. Place a # sign in this column to the right of every student’s grade. To do this:
  7. Place your cursor to the bottom right corner of the cell with the formula until a cross appears.
  8. Double click your left mouse button. The # sign should be added every cell in the column.

Now that the file has been formatted, you can upload your grades to Desire2Learn using the instructions available here: Import a Desire2Learn Grade Book tutorial.

End Result

The end result of your spreadsheet should appear similar to the following image: