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How can I give more time to my candidates?

This article explains how you can give time allowances to your assessments.

Applies to: Free, Pay-as-you-go, Scale, Business plans; Owner, Admin, Recruiter roles


The majority of our tests are 10 minutes long, with the exception of some coding tests, which last for 30 minutes. All multiple-choice tests are 12, 15, or 20 questions long, depending on difficulty. We have tried to strike a balance with our tests; making them difficult enough that they will challenge your candidate, while not being so hard that they can't complete them in the given time!

We give all tests the same time limit in order to provide you with benchmark scoring, which allows you to see where candidates fall in a percentile ranking. In order to draw a fair comparison between candidates, they need to take their tests under the same time constraints. After all, it isn't really fair to compare 2 candidates against each other if one had 15 minutes to complete a test while the other only had 10!

We understand, though, that you may wish to allow for a longer time limit to give your candidates the best chance of completing all of the tests you have set for them. This is now something you can allow while creating your assessment!


How to change the time limit

You'll need to start by creating a new assessment (you can't edit existing assessments if candidates have already been invited). In step one, you will name your assessment. Step two is where you add your desired tests and step three is where you add your custom questions.

Proceed to step 4 (Review & configure).

At the bottom of this page, you will find the Advanced options. Click on Extra time for tests to expand this option.

You can grant up to 90% additional time. That means up to 9 minutes for a standard 10-minute multiple-choice test and up to 27 minutes for a 30-minute coding test.

This applies to each individual test, but does not apply to your custom questions. If you set a 2 minute limit to answer a custom essay question, this time remains at 2 minutes.

You create an assessment featuring the following 5 tests:

The total assessment time currently given is 70 minutes. You decide to give a time allowance of 30%. The first 4 tests each get an additional 3 minutes, while the coding test receives an extra 9 minutes. The total extra time given is 21 minutes, for a new total assessment time of 91 minutes.

Your candidates are not made aware that additional time has been provided, it is simply added to their timer. Once you finish giving allowances, scroll back to the top of the page and click Finish in the top-right corner to save your changes.

Caution: Be mindful of the total time of the assessment when making allowances.

An assessment with five 30-minute coding tests is already 2 hours and 30 minutes long. Adding 90% additional time means a potential length of almost 5 hours! This may discourage your candidates from even starting the assessment, given its extreme length.


Why doesn't percentile ranking apply anymore?

As we mentioned previously, we usually provide percentile ranking as part of our reporting. In order to draw a fair comparison between candidates, they need to take their tests under the same time constraints.

By changing the timing of the tests, we can no longer provide accurate or fair comparisons between your candidates and others who have taken the same tests. For this reason, we can only provide you with their percentage score based on correct answers.




If you still need help, you can always reach out to the support team. We're happy to answer your questions.