Moderating Quizzes to Allow for Additional Time and Attempts

Moderating Quizzes to Allow for Additional Time and Attempts

This guide will show you when to use the Moderate feature to give students additional time or attempts on quizzes and when to use the Assign to feature to ensure students have enough time to demonstrate their mastery of the topic.
Related Topics: Canvas Quizzes, Canvas

Allowing Additional Time

Timed quizzes (i.e. midterms and finals) have drawbacks for students who have test-taking anxiety and other barriers. For more information on designing assessments that are not time-based, see Designing for Academic Integrity. If a timed quiz is required, Canvas provides two tools to control the time available for students to complete a quiz: by setting a time limit (i.e. 120 minutes), or by using a limited availability window. Please Note: To avoid confusion please rely on only one tool to control quiz time. You can ensure AEC accommodations for extended time in one of two ways:

  • Moderate Quiz. If your quiz is available for multiple days with a set time limit to complete once begun (i.e. 120 minutes), you will use the Moderate Quiz function.
  • Assign To. If your quiz does not have a set time limit, but rather uses a limited availability window (i.e., 8:00am - 10:00am), you will use the Assign To function to assign additional time to students with accommodations for extended time (i.e., 8:00am – 11:00am).

Moderate Quiz

After you create and publish your quiz you will see the Moderate This Quiz option (depending on your Canvas window size, it may be on the right of the page or on the bottom).

Canvas Moderate This Quiz Option


On the Moderate Quiz page select the student(s) that need an additional attempt or additional time on the quiz. To edit students individually, click the pencil icon [1].

If you have two or more students who need the same time accommodation, select each student [2] and scroll to the bottom of the student list to select the Change Extensions for xx Selected Students option [3].



Canvas Moderate This Quiz for Multiple Students


The Student Extensions window will open giving you a box to enter the number of Extra Attempts and a box to enter the Extra time on every attempt [1]. Click Save [2] once you've set the additional minutes.

Canvas Moderate Quiz Student Extensions

Assign To

If your quiz uses a limited availability window (i.e., 8:00am - 10:00am), you will use the Assign To function to assign additional time to students with accommodations for extended time (i.e., 8:00am – 11:00am).

Set the Available from and Until time for the entire class [1] when creating your quiz.

Select +Add [2] to designate additional times for individual students.

Canvas add student to give additional quiz time

Select the Student in the additional Assign to [3] area and indicate their custom Due and Until time [4].

Save the quiz to have your changes take effect.

Canvas assign additional time to 1 student


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