40-041 Time limit


A distinction must be made between test period and test time or time limit. The period defines a date and a start and end time. The test time is the amount of minutes allocated for the test/examination. The combination of both settings could result in the following scenario, for example:

You set a test period from 13:55 to 15:35. During this period, the test can be started. The test time/time limit is 1h30min. Therefore, if students start the test at 13:55, it will automatically end at 15:25. If students start the test at 14:00, it will automatically end at 15:30. Students are given a buffer of 5 minutes before and after the test to start and finish the test themselves. The test time remains exactly the same for all students.

Important Steps

To configure the test period, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the course in which the test will take place.
  2. Click Administration in the top left-hand corner and then Course Editor. The course editor opens.
  3. Click on the course element in which the test will take place.
  4. Click on the Test configuration tab.
  5. Select Set assessment period and enter a From and Until time including date.
  6. Save your entries.

During the test period, the test can be started. As soon as the Until time is reached, the test ends automatically. This is also the case if the defined test time/time limit has not yet been used up. Therefore, supplementary to the previous example: If students do not start the test until 14:30, it will automatically end at 15:35, despite the defined 1h30min test time.

To configure the test time/time limit, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the Options tap.
  2. Click Adjust configuration and select Time limit.
  3. Enter the desired number of hours and minutes here.
  4. Save your entries.

As an additional setting you can restrict the visibility and/or access of the course element Test depending on the date. This way it would only be visible to students after a certain point in time that there is a course element of the type test in your course. For further information see HelpCard 10-030 and HelpCard 10-031.

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