Timed Assessments and How They Work

In Brillium, it is possible to limit respondents to a certain amount of time to complete their assessment. This is done via the "Time Allowed" option within the Basic Assessment Options for an assessment.

In the example below, the respondent has been given two hours to complete the assessment.

How is Time Tracked?

It is important to understand that time is being tracked on the server and the respondent is not able to stop time or pause it for any reason. If a respondent closes their browser, time is still ticking.

For example, consider a respondent that spent a total of 46 minutes in a timed assessment where they were given 2 hours. If that respondent closed their browser and came back 1.5 hours later, their assessment time will have expired and they would not be allowed any additional time in the assessment.

Why? Well, consider the alternative. Suppose every time they closed their browser the clock was paused. A respondent realizing this could very easily take advantage. They could simply get to a question they didn't know the answer to, jot it down, close their browser, research the correct answer, and then come back and answer it without any penalties. Obviously this defeats the purpose of a timed assessment altogether.

Why Do Some Respondents Show More Time than They Were Allowed?

In certain circumstances the Date Started and Date Finished will seem to indicate a respondent was given more time than they should have been allowed. In these cases, either of the following occurred:

  • The respondent, like in the example above, closed the assessment and came back to it beyond the time they were allowed. The Date Finished will be recorded on the actual date and time the respondent's result was marked as complete and scored rather than the date and time their assessment should have ended.
  • The respondent was given additional time by an administrator (see below). Their actual date and time of completion will be recorded in this situation as well.

How to Give Respondents Additional Time

If you determine a respondent deserves additional time to complete their assessment, you may assign them additional time.

For example, if there was a fire drill in the building the respondent was in when they were completing their assessment. Perhaps it kept them out of the building for a long period of time. You may feel it is fair to provide them the same amount of additional time to complete the assessment.

To do this, view the results of the assessment, click "View Score Summary", search for the respondent's record and click the magnifying glass icon beside their name. From there, locate the radio button option that says "Allow this respondent X additional minutes from Y to complete the assessment." Choose values for the X and Y options and click the "Submit" button to issue the additional time.

In the example below, the respondent will be given 30 additional minutes to complete their assessment.

How to Allow Unlimited Time

To allow unlimited time to a respondent, simply set the "Time Allowed" option to 0 Hours and 0 Minutes, which is the default. This means the respondent will be given unlimited time to complete the assessment. They could literally start it today and come back 2 years from now to finish it, assuming the assessment was still active.


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