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Time Limits

Although scores are not based on how quickly students answer questions, there is a time limit for answering each test question.

These are the standard and extended time limits:

Grade Question Type Standard Time Limit
(seconds/item)
Extended Time Limit
(seconds/item)
K–2 Practice 60 180
Test, questions 1–25a 60 180
Skill Test—Practice (Calibration) 60 180
Skill Test—Test (Calibration) 60 180
3–12 Practice 60 180
Test, questions 1–20a 45 135
Test, questions 21–25b 90 270
Skill Test—Practice (Calibration) 60 180
Skill Test—Test (Calibration) 90 270

     a. Vocabulary-in-context items.
     b. Authentic text/passage comprehension items.

Grade Question Type Standard Time Limit
(seconds/item)
Extended Time Limit
(seconds/item)
K–2 Practice 60 180
Test Section A, questions 1–10a 60 180
Test Section B, questions 11–34b 120c 270d
3–12 Practice 60 180
Test Section A, questions 1–10a 45 135
Test Section B, questions 11–34b 90e 270f

     a. Vocabulary-in-context items.
     b. Items from 5 domains in 5 blocks, including some vocabulary-in-context.
     c. 60 seconds for vocabulary-in-context items.
     d. 180 seconds for vocabulary-in-context items.
     e. 45 seconds for vocabulary-in-context items.
     f. 135 seconds for vocabulary-in-context items.

For both Star Reading and Star Reading Enterprise tests, all students get 60 seconds to answer practice questions.

Fifteen seconds before the time limit is up for a question, the program will flash a picture of a clock on the screen. When this happens, the student should make his or her best guess as soon as possible. If the student does not enter an answer before time runs out, the question will disappear, and the program will notify the student that time has run out. Then, the next question will appear. Items that time out are counted as incorrect unless the student has already selected the correct answer.

These time limits can be extended using the Extended Question Time Limit Preference. If you extend the time limit, remember that Star Reading norms, as well as other technical data such as reliability and validity, are based on test administration using the standard time limits. When you print reports that include tests taken with the extended time limit, a footnote will appear on the report to remind you that the extended time limit was used.