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 5/15/19
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
Technology Operations and Concepts

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