Scheduling Exams in Canvas

If you are running a timed final exam, it should begin at the date and time outlined in the Final Exam Schedule.


Available Time Recommendation

In case there are technical issues during an exam, we recommend that you make your quiz available for 30 minutes longer than the time limit. This does not increase the length of time that students write the exam for, but allows for a time limit extension when there are extenuating circumstances.

For example, if your exam is scheduled at 1:00 pm for a three hour exam:

  • Set the Time Limit to 180 minutes (3 hours). The countdown timer will count down from 180 minutes when the students start the quiz and will auto-submit after 180 minutes.
  • Make the quiz available for an additional 30 minutes. For example, make a 1:00 pm exam available from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm (3.5 hours). This does not extend the writing time for students, but does allow you to manually extend an individual student’s time limit at your discretion.


Canvas Quiz Time Settings

Instructors may have students who take the quiz at a different date, time, and a longer quiz time limit than the main cohort of students. You will need to add these exceptions to the quiz settings.