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Learn@UW - Quiz Time Limit Enforcement Issues

This document answers some questions regarding time limits set in quizzes and their enforcement.

Q. If a student exits a quiz without saving it and later returns to resume taking the quiz, does the quiz clock stop during the interim?

A. No, the quiz clock continues to run if the quiz is exited. A student cannot use this 'trick' to buy more time.

Q. Can quiz questions be answered or quizzes be submitted beyond the time limit?

A. This depends upon the options set in the quiz to handle the time limit. (See answer to next question.)

Q. What happens when a student submits a quiz beyond the time limit?

A. The effect of late quiz submittals depends upon the settings in the Timing section on the Restrictions tabbed page in the quiz.


If the Enforced check box is not checked, there is no time limit in effect.

If the Enforced check box is checked, the effect of submitting a quiz late depends upon the "Late Submissions" options selected:

  • Allow normal submission
    The quiz can be submitted late and the quiz is scored without any penalty.

  • Use Late Limit of ___ minutes
    The quiz can be submitted late. If the quiz is submitted after ("Grace Period" + "Late Limit") minutes beyond the "Time Limit", the quiz will be graded with a total score of zero. If the quiz is submitted before that time, the student will receive full credit. For example, if the time limit is 60 minutes, the grace period is 5 minutes, and the late limit is 1 minute, the student may submit the quiz within 66 minutes of beginning the quiz without penalty. Each question will individually be scored as if the quiz were submitted on time.

  • Auto-Submit Attempt
    After "Grace Period" minutes beyond the time limit, the student cannot save new answers or changes to existing answers and can only submit the quiz as is. For example, suppose the time limit is 60 minutes and the grace period is 5 minutes. The student answers the first 17 out of 20 questions within 65 minutes of the beginning of the quiz and the remaining 3 questions later. The quiz is scored as if only the first 17 questions have been answered.
    The quiz will NOT automatically be submitted at the end of the time period and will register as an "Attempt in Progress": The actual submittal must be done by the student.
    NOTE: When using this option, instructors should remind students of the necessity of saving their responses within the time limit.

It is up to the instructor to decide how to adjust the final quiz score while grading the quiz manually.

Q. Can the instructor tell if the student submitted the quiz late as well as which questions were answered late?

A. The instructor can tell if a student submitted a quiz late and if so, how many minutes late. For example,

Late Submittal

Unfortunately, the instructor cannot tell which questions were answered or changed late. The quizzes event log indicates when students saved responses to individual questions on time.

For example, suppose the Auto-Submit Attempt option is in effect and a student answered the first 20 questions in a 22 question quiz on time.  The quizzes event log may show something like this:

Quiz Event Log

Neither the quizzes event log nor the quiz results would show any record of the student answering questions 21 or 22 or changing other responses to other questions late.

Keywords:brightspace learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn quiz time limit enforce late grace period submit   Doc ID:2559
Owner:Jay F.Group:Learn@UW Utility
Created:2004-03-09 18:00 CSTUpdated:2014-07-17 12:17 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, Learn@UW Utility
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