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Time Settings in MathFacts in a Flash

MathFacts in a Flash has several different time settings.

Reported Time Score vs. Completion Time

If you measure the total time it takes a student to complete a practice or test session (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, not the overall elapsed time. The program measures only the time it takes a student to respond to a problem. The time required 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 and 20 seconds.

Time-Out (per problem, practice, or test)

The Time-Out Preference allows you to specify the amount of time your students can spend on a single problem or on the whole practice or test.

The defaults are:

  • Time-Out per Practice or Test: 10 minutes
  • Time-Out per Problem: 30 seconds

Mastery Time

The default Mastery Time is 2 minutes. To master a level, students must meet the Mastery Time limit and answer all 40 problems correctly within this time limit.

When a student masters a level, the time and date for that test automatically becomes the personal best time (used in Best Times) and date for that level. This date and time will always be the Mastery Time and date; the Best Time date may change as the student tries for a new personal best time.

Time Goals

Time Goals are set by teachers and may be turned on or off by teachers.

Once students master a level, you may have them re-test to improve their completion times. Each mastered level may have up to five Time Goals. The defaults are: Time Goals are enabled (turned on), with times of 2:00, 1:45, 1:30, 1:15, and 1:00.

Best Times

Once students master a level, they can re-test at that level to try to improve their completion times. When a student masters a level, the time and date for that test automatically becomes the personal best time and date for that level. This date and time will always be the Mastery Time and date. The Best Time date and time may change as the student achieves a new personal best time.

When students achieve new personal best times for completing a test, a congratulations message will be included on their TOPS report. The Parent Report also includes the best time achieved by the student for a level and the date the time was achieved.

Students can challenge best times if they are working:

  • in MathFacts in a Flash RP (on computer or tablet)
  • with a NEO 2 (using the MathFacts in a Flash RP SmartApplet)
  • on Renaissance Responder model RESP doing online work

Students cannot challenge best times:

  • with a NEO 2 (using the MathFacts in a Flash offline SmartApplet)
  • on a Renaissance Responder doing offline work
  • in Renaissance Home Connect

Lockout Time (5 Minutes)

When a student logs in and tries to work on two computers at the same time, MathFacts in a Flash imposes an automatic five-minutes lockout.

The five-minute lockout minimizes the chance that a student can work in the software on more than one computer at a time.