Time Limits

Although test scores are not based on how quickly students answer questions, there is a time limit for answering each test question:

Years Standard Time Limit
1–2 60 seconds for questions 1–16
120 seconds for questions 17–34
3 60 seconds for questions 1–10
120 seconds for questions 11–34
4–13 45 seconds for questions 1–10
90 seconds for questions 11–34

Fifteen seconds before the time limit is up for a question, the program will flash a picture of a clock on the question screen. When this happens, the student should select an answer as soon as possible. If the student does not select an answer and enter it before time runs out, the screen will go blank and the program will notify the student that time has run out. Then, the next question will appear.

If some of your students require more time to read and answer Star Reading test questions, you can extend the time limits for those students by setting the Extended Time Limit to On for those students in the Extended Question Time Limit Preference. If you extend the time limit, remember that Star Reading technical data such as reliability and validity, are based on test administration using the standard time limits. When you print reports that include tests taken with the extended time limit, a footnote will appear on the report to remind you that the extended time limit was used.