Time Limits

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

  • Each practice question has a 90-second time limit and each test question has a 3-minute time limit. These time limits can be extended using the Extended Question Time Limit Preference (which will double the time allowed: 3 minutes for practice questions and 6 minutes for test questions).
  • Fifteen seconds before the time is up for a question, the program flashes 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.

For students taking the Indiana Star Math Assessment, the time limits for some of the questions are different:

  • Indiana practice questions have a time limit of 60 seconds each.
  • Indiana test questions have a time limit of 4 minutes each; using the Extended Question Time Limit Preference will increase that to 6 minutes each.

Related video: AssessMinutes—Timing Out & Student Guessing

The "Allotted Time" section of the Accommodations Preference can be used to give students with special needs even more time: 900 seconds (15 minutes) for both practice and test questions.