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Grant Extra Time or Attempts to a Quiz

Canvas User Guide: How can I give my students extra attempts in a published quiz? and How can I give my students extra time?

You can grant access to an individual student, several students, or the entire class to have extra attempts on a quiz. If your quiz is locked, you can also manually unlock the quiz for a student, even if the student has not yet taken the quiz. You can add extra attempts through accessing student quiz results or moderating the quiz. Accessing Student Quiz Results is a quick way to allow an extra attempt for an individual student.

If you have set a time limit on your quiz, you can grant access for extra time. If the student hasn’t taken the quiz, the extra time will be added to the student’s initial attempt and additional attempts. Learn more about managing extra attempts. If a student is currently taking the quiz while you are viewing the Moderate Quiz page, you can extend the quiz time as part of their current attempt. You can choose how many minutes to extend the quiz, and whether you want to add those minutes to the current time or the current (scheduled) end time.

Note:

  • A quiz must be published before you can moderate it. If you would like to manage the quiz moderation options before allowing students to access it, set the quiz Available from date to a future date and publish the quiz. Your students will not receive a notification for an unavailable quiz. Once you’ve made timing moderations, you can unpublish the quiz to save your moderations. You can then continue to edit the quiz prior to publishing it for your students to access.
  • The maximum time you can extend a current attempt is 1440 minutes (24 hours).
  • When extra attempts are given via the Moderate Quiz option, Canvas keeps the highest quiz score by default. You can edit quiz scoring options to keep either the highest score, the most recent score, or an average of all scores.

Granting Extra Time

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Open Quiz

Select Quiz Name

Click the name of the quiz.

Moderate this Quiz

Click the Moderate This Quiz link.

Moderate Quiz

Search for students or edit individual students

To moderate a quiz for one student, locate the student and click the Edit icon [1]. You can also filter students in your course by using the Search People field [2].

Moderate Quiz For Multiple Students

Select multiple students

If you want to select multiple students, click the checkbox [1] next to each of their names. If you want to select all students, click the top checkbox [2]. Click Change Extensions for [#] Selected Students button [3].

Add Extra Time on Attempt

Type the number of extra minutes in the Extra Time on Every Attempt field. Extra time can only be added in full-minute increments.

If you are adding time for multiple students, the student extension box will apply the extra time for all selected students.

If the student hasn’t taken the quiz, the extra time will be added to the student’s initial attempt and additional attempts. Learn more about managing extra attempts.

Add Extra Time on Current Attempt

Clock icon's indicate remaining time

If a student is currently taking the quiz while you are viewing the Moderate Quiz page, you can extend the quiz time as part of their current attempt.

For current attempts, the remaining time will display next to a clock icon.

To extend the time on the quiz, click the clock icon.

Note: You can only extend the time for one current quiz attempt at a time.

Extend Quiz Time

Give students extra time

Canvas will show you what time the quiz began, and what time it is scheduled to end.

Add extra minutes

In the minutes field [1], enter the number of extra minutes you want to give the student as part of their current attempt. The maximum time you can extend a current attempt is 1440 minutes (24 hours).

In the time drop-down menu [2], choose whether you want to add those minutes to the current time or the current (scheduled) end time.

If you want to end the quiz in relation to the current time, select the now option in the drop-down menu.

  • As an example, a student started a 20-minute quiz at 11:30 am; the quiz is set to end at 11:50 am. You moderated this quiz at 11:40, meaning that 10 minutes have gone by. However, you want to have the quiz end at 11:45. Since the current time is 11:40, you need to end the quiz in 5 minutes. Enter the number 5 in the minutes field, and select the now option in the drop-down menu.

If you want to end the quiz in relation to the current end time of the quiz, select the current end time option in the drop-down menu.

  • As an example, a student started a 20-minute quiz at 11:30 am; the quiz is set to end at 11:50 am. You moderated this quiz at 11:30, meaning it was nearly the same time that the student started the quiz, and you want to extend the quiz to end at noon. If the current end time is 11:50 am and you want to extend it by 10 minutes, enter the number 10 in the minutes field, and select the current end time option in the drop-down menu.

Extend Time

Extend time button

Click the Extend Time button.

Less Time Warning

Less time warning

Changing the time in relation to the Now option might mean that the student will have less time than was originally on the clock. In our example, the student still had 10 minutes remaining when the instructor moderated the quiz. Changing the time to 5 minutes means the student has 5 fewer minutes to take the quiz.

If you want to change this option, click the Cancel button. Otherwise, click the OK button.

Verify Extension

View student time extensions on the Moderate Quiz page.

Time Extensions listed under student name

Note: Once you finish moderating a quiz, you can unpublish the quiz and all moderations will be saved. You can then continue to edit the quiz prior to publishing it for your students to access.

Granting Extra Attempts

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Open Quiz

Select Quiz Name

Click the name of the quiz.

Add Extra Attempt through Student Quiz Results

Options Icon

To add an extra attempt for an individual student, click the Options icon [1], then select the Show Student Quiz Results link [2].

Select Student

Under the heading Students who have taken the quiz, click the name of the student.

Note: To give an extra attempt to students who have not taken the quiz, you need to add an attempt by moderating the quiz.

Allow this Student an Extra Attempt

Click the allow this student an extra attempt button. The student will automatically receive an extra attempt for the quiz.

Add Extra Attempt through Moderate This Quiz

Moderate this quiz option

To add attempts for one or more students, click the Moderate This Quiz link.

Moderate Quiz

Search for students or edit individual students

To moderate a quiz for one student, locate the student and click the Edit icon [1]. You can also filter students in your course by using the Search People field [2].

Type the number of extra attempts you’d like to give to the student in the Extra Attempts field [1].

If your quiz is locked because of accessibility dates, you will need to unlock the quiz for the student by clicking the manually unlock the quiz for the next attempt checkbox [2].

Note: If a quiz requires an access code, students will still need to enter that code to begin their quiz attempt after it has been manually unlocked.

Adjust Additional Options

Depending on your quiz settings, the student extension box may contain additional options.

If the quiz has a time limit and you want to give more time, type the number of extra minutes in the Extra Time on Every Attempt field [1]. If the student hasn’t taken the quiz, the extra time will be added to the student’s initial attempt and additional attempts. Learn more about managing extra time in timed quizzes.

If the quiz is saved with the Only Once After Each Attempt option, you can let the student see the quiz results one more time [2]. Results include both their responses and the correct answers. Once the student has viewed the quiz results, the results view extension will be reset and the results will be hidden again. Learn more about limiting quiz results.

Note: If the Only Once option is selected and students have also been granted an extra attempt on the quiz, students will be able to view the results before they take the quiz, as well as after they complete the quiz. If students are allowed multiple attempts on a quiz, you may want to edit the quiz and select the Allow Multiple Attempts option, which gives an option to let students see their quiz responses only after the last attempt.

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Moderate Quiz For Multiple Students

Select multiple students

If you want to select multiple students, click the checkbox [1] next to each of their names. If you want to select all students, click the top checkbox [2]. Click Change Extensions for [#] Selected Students button [3].

Complete the extensions for the students you selected. Remember, depending on your quiz settings, additional quiz options may display for all selected students.

When you are finished, click the Save button.

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