Pete MacKay
Department Head, CTS

Creating Custom Adobe® Acrobat® Forms for Assessment Part One: Working with Existing, Scanned Forms

Technical Tutorial Published 1/23/13 Last updated on 2/28/20
Teachers are finding better ways to address assessment needs for students through practice and tools. One tool that is of particular use for assessing student learning is Adobe® Acrobat®. This tutorial will cover three methods of form creation within the scenario of assessing student work. We’ll use a lesson I created in my last teaching assignment (an Adobe® Flash® activity) and three types of assessment forms; an Exit Pass, a Check List, and a Rubric. One can convert any Adobe® Acrobat® document, including a scanned paper file, into an interactive form for online distribution, tracking and collection. Before we get to our three examples, let’s learn about PDF forms by scanning a paper form, an old-fashioned Hilroy telephone message pad.

This is part one of a two-part series on creating Acrobat forms for use in classroom assessment. To continue with part 2, please visit:


  • Acrobat

    The complete PDF solution for working anywhere. (includes desktop, web, and mobile access)

Content Standards
Common Core State Standards, Alberta
ISTE Standards
Students: Computational Trainer

There are no physical materials required to complete this tutorial.  Adobe Acrobat Pro is required - 9, X or XI.  All files are provided but if a user wants to create their own custom artwork, then Adobe CS6 is recommended.

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Lois Kent

Posted on 4/26/16 8:52:46 PM Permalink

So helpful! I'm on a PC so the interface looked different than the Mac, but still straightforward to follow. You might want to update your link to part 2: Thank you for taking time to create this!

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 3/26/13 3:33:03 PM Permalink

it's very useful

your interest in Acrobat is impressive