With Cadmus, you can set a time limit for students' completion time. This functionality enables fixed and flexible scheduling for major assessments like tests and exams — for example, an assessment is available to students for 24 hours, however, once they start, students only have 2 hours to complete the task.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- Setting up a time-limited assessment
- Completing a time-limited assessment
- Late & overtime submissions
Setting up a time-limited assessment
When setting up your Cadmus assessment, you can set a time limit for the task in the Requirements section. If any students need extra working time, you can manage this by setting an individual student extension.
To set a time limit
- While editing your assessment instructions, click Set requirements, grading options and settings.
- In the Key Dates and Times section, set a Final due date and Feedback return date.
- Set Time limit to On.
- Specify the time limit for the assessment in minutes.
- Set the rest of your requirements and click Confirm changes.
- Continue adding your instructions and release the assessment.
A note on time limits and due dates: Think of your time limit as the maximum amount of time students can spend on a task, and your due date as the latest date and time at which you want students to submit.
Completing a time-limited assessment
When it comes to completing time-limited assessments, there are a few key changes from the standard Cadmus assessment workflow for students — so it’s important that you and your students understand how these assessments work.
1. Students must acknowledge they are ready to start working
When students enter Cadmus, they will need to click Start the clock to see their assessment instructions and start writing. As soon as they click Start the clock their timer will start running.
2. Students will always see the timer while they work
While working in Cadmus, students will see a timer in the bottom-right corner. In the final moments, they will also see a 10-second count down.
3. When the time limit is up, students will be prompted to submit
When time is up, students will automatically be redirected to the submission page where they will see a preview of their work. They must click the Submit button to confirm their submission.
TIP! Share this video guide with your students before they complete a time-limited assessment.
Late & Overtime Submissions
In the final moments, before a time limit expires, students will see a 10-second count down to indicate their time is nearly up. After the time limit, a preview of their submission will automatically appear. Students must click the Submit button to confirm their submission.
Note: Cadmus doesn’t auto-submit on a student’s behalf — they must click Submit to confirm their submission
Students also have the option to continue working after the time limit has expired. In this case, their submission will be marked as Overtime in the Class List. Cadmus doesn't apply an automatic penalty for overtime submissions. As usual, if a student submits after the final due date, the submission will be marked as Late. Learn more about Cadmus submission rules here.
You have released an assessment with a 60-minute time limit and a final due date on Tuesday at 6 pm. A student starts this assignment on Tuesday at 2 pm. 1 hour later, they’re notified that their limit is up and they’re automatically shown a preview of their work. The student decides not to submit, so they click cancel and continue working. 20 minutes later — at 3:20 pm — the student then clicks the Submit button. They have spent a total of 80 minutes working. In your class list, you will see this submission with an Overtime tag.
You have released an assessment with a 180-minute time limit and a final due date on Friday at 5 pm. A student starts this assessment on Friday at 3 pm. 2.5 hours later — at 5:30 pm — the student decides to submit their assessment. They have spent a total of 150 minutes working. In your class list, you will see this submission with a Late tag.