Time Limits

Practices and tests are timed.

What Students See When Problems, Practices, or Tests Time Out

If the student does not select an answer before time runs out, the next problem will appear.

If the student times out on a problem, it will be counted as:

  • Incorrect if the student has selected or entered the wrong answer or if the student has not selected any answer when the program times out.
  • Correct if the student selects or enters the correct answer when the program times out.

If the student "times out" on a practice or test, the program ends the test. Stopped practices and tests are noted on the Student Progress Report.

Setting Time Limits

Teachers can set the time limits via the Time Goals Preference, the Time-Out Preference, and/or the Mastery Time for a Level.

  • Time Goals Preference: The default is Enable Time Goals. Goal 1, two minutes, zero seconds. Subsequent goals decrease 15 seconds per goal.
  • Time-Out Preference: The defaults are (1) Time-Out per Practice or Test: 10 minutes and (2) Time-Out per Problem: 30 seconds.
  • Mastery Time for a Level: the default is two minutes and zero seconds.

Time Measured vs. Time Score

If you measure the total time it takes a student to complete a practice or test session (time measured/completion time), you may notice a difference between your time measurement and the reported time score.

The reported time score is the sum of the problem response times, rather than the overall elapsed time. The program measures only the time it takes a student to respond to a problem. The time the program takes to display the problem and the answer is not included in the reported time score the student receives.

Example: A test that takes the student 3 minutes to complete could have a reported time score of 2 minutes 20 seconds.