How do I set restrictions for Quizzes?

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The restrictions tab is where you can adjust settings related to restricting access to a quiz, such as when your quiz is available and how long students have to complete it. You can also set whether there are any actions that need to be completed before a student can access a quiz and add special access for particular students.


Important Note - Availability & Timing

 When setting up exam restrictions for a timed or flexibly timed exam, keep in mind that start date, end date, and timing are all important (and interact).


Example Timed Exam – I am running an exam that starts at 10:00 am. Students can start the exam until 10:15 am. Students will have 1 hour to complete exam. Settings: Start Date – 10:00 am, End Date – 10:15 am, Enforced Time Limit – 1 hour


Example Flexibly Timed Exam – I am running an exam that starts on Monday at 8:00 am and finishes on Friday 5:00 pm. Students will have 1 hour to complete the exam. Settings: Start Date – Monday 8:00 am, End Date – Friday 4:00pm, Enforced Time Limit – 1 hour


NOTE: In the case where a student needs to start (or re-start) the exam after end date has passed, special access can be used to allow for that. In real-time timed exams, this may occur if a student unexpectedly loses access during an exam (power loss, browser freezes) – they will need to be provided with Special Access in order to re-enter after this end time has passed. If the student is re-entering to continue an attempt, the student will not receive more time, their clock will continue to count down even if they are not in the quiz. If you would like to give your students additional time you can also add this using special access.


For more information on due date / start date / end date check out our resources How do I run a “real time” exam in a Brightspace Quiz?

Availability (when should students be able to see and start the quiz)

Has Start Date: This is the time when you want students to be able to begin writing the quiz. 

Has End Date: Students must begin their quiz before this time. Once this time arrives, students are no longer able to enter the quiz. Once inside the quiz, however, end date doesn’t affect their ability to complete it; the length of time that a student has to complete the quiz is affected by the “Enforced Time Limit” settings within the Timing section.

Display in Calendar: Checking this box will put both the start and end date for the quiz in the student’s calendar for their convenience (see our help page). If you have a due date set, that date will automatically be added to the student’s calendar. This setting is particularly useful for open book or flexibly timed quizzes.

 Hide from users: Content you create in Brightspace is typically hidden from users by default. It will not exist in the course until you decide. If this box is checked, students will not be able to see the quiz exists at all (regardless of any access dates you set and it won’t show up in their calendar). If this box is unchecked, students will be able to see the quiz exists and when it will be available to them; however, they won’t be able to start until the start date/time that you set.

Timing (how long should students have to write the quiz)

Use Enforced Time Limit to enable a time limit for students to complete the quiz. Enter the amount of time (in minutes) that students have to complete their activity. Remember that time pressures can increase test anxiety and can negatively affect a student’s ability to focus on what they know about the material. Be as generous as possible when setting a time limit on your quiz.


  • NOTE: The student has until the end of the time indicated in the End Date to start their quiz, but this does not affect the amount of time they have to complete it once inside the quiz; the Enforced Time Limit dictates this. For example, if you set your time limit to 2 hours, and the quiz ends at 12:00, the student will have until 11:59 to begin plus 2 hours from that point to finish.

You can also set an amount of time that students have as a Grace Period to submit their quiz after the time limit has expired. This will be helpful for students who wait until the last moment to click submit but have a slow or unreliable internet connection. If the due date passes before the student submits their quiz, it will be flagged late regardless of time limit settings. You have three options for what happens when the grace period expires and the quiz has not been submitted:

Prevent the student from making further changes (recommended for traditional timed quizzes): The student will not be able to make changes after the grace period has passed; they will only be able to submit. Students may be confused and leave without clicking ‘submit’. If this happens, you will be able to access their quiz to submit it manually afterwards on their behalf.

  Allow the student to continue working (recommended for longer multiple day open book quizzes): The student may continue to make changes and submit after the grace period but the quiz will be marked as late. You can manually deduct points for late submissions. This option is best for an open book quiz where there are clear guidelines for late submissions (e.g., 5% per day).

Allow the student to continue working but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadlineThe student may continue to make changes to their quiz and submit it after the grace period ends. However, when they do so, they will automatically receive a zero. If this happens, you can manually grade as much of their quizzes as you choose.

Optional Advanced Properties

You are able to set a Password that students will need to enter to access this quiz. To provide them with this, you would ask students to come to a Zoom meeting at the start of the quiz, where you would display the password on the screen or in the chat box. This might give you a little more control over who is accessing the exam and when

For example, if a student is late for their quiz, this will ensure that they have to come speak with you before accessing the test. At that point, you may decide to extend the amount of time they have by giving them Special Access or you might just provide reassurance during what is sure to be a stressful scenario

Note that adding an extra layer of security may increase the likelihood of technical challenges requiring troubleshooting.

If your quiz is unexpectedly asking students for a password, check to make sure this field is empty, delete contents and save the quiz.

Add Special Access (Accommodations and Quiz Interruptions)

Use this section to grant special access to specific students in the course to allow a longer time limit or different dates/times that they can access the quiz. Learn more in our resource How do I give students extra time on a quiz?

Special access is frequently used to handle extended time for academic accommodations. Instructors are responsible for setting special access for students who require testing accommodations; however, you can reach out to LTSI to discuss how to add quiz time accommodations at the course level so they apply to all quizzes in your course.

Do not set up ‘Groups’ of students who require special access for academic accommodations because groups are student-facing, meaning students can see which peers are in various groups.

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November 5, 2020

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