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Time Settings in MathsFacts in a Flash

MathsFacts in a Flash has several different time settings.

If you measure the total time it takes a student to complete a practice or test session (completion time), you may notice a difference between your time measurement and the reported time score.

The reported time score is the sum of the problem response times, not the overall elapsed time. The program measures only the time it takes a student to respond to a problem. The reported time score does not include the time required to display the problem and the answer.

Example: A test that takes the student 3 minutes to complete could have a reported time score of 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

The Time-Out Preference allows you to specify the amount of time your students can spend on a single problem or on the whole practice or test.

The defaults are:

  • Time-Out per Practice or Test: 10 minutes
  • Time-Out per Problem: 30 seconds

To master a level, students must meet the Mastery Time limit and answer all 40 problems correctly within this time limit.

When a student masters a level, the time and date for that test automatically becomes the personal best time (used in Challenging Best Times) and date for that level. This date and time will always be the Mastery Time and date; the Best Time date may change as the student tries for a new personal best time.

The default Mastery Time is 2 minutes.

You can adjust the time target at each level so that it matches your students' capabilities.

Research shows that three seconds per problem (two minutes on a 40-problem test) is the benchmark for mastering maths facts in the lower levels. Students in 5th level and above may be able to average two seconds per problem on a 40-problem test

Time Targets are set by teachers and may be turned on or off by teachers.

Once students master a level, you may have them re-test to improve their completion times. Each mastered level may have up to five Time Targets.

The defaults are: Time Targets are enabled (turned on), with times of 2:00, 1:45, 1:30, 1:15 and 1:00.

Once students master a level, they can re-test at that level to try to improve their completion times. This is known as Challenging Best Times.

When a student logs in and tries to work on two computers at the same time, MathsFacts in a Flash imposes a five minute lock-out.

The five minute lock-out minimises the chance of a student working in the software on more than one computer at a time.

For more information, see Troubleshooting.