Providing accommodations for students with special needs is top of mind at Formative. Teachers on a Gold plan can provide accommodations to students at the global level, setting up the accommodation once and have it applied for every formative*.

Once set up, the Time Limit Extension accommodation will go into effect whenever a formative with a time limit is assigned to the student with the accommodation. The student will see only the corrected time limit when opening the formative.

* Teachers have the ability to edit/over-ride a global time extension accommodation for specific formatives, without affecting other formatives or classes. Continue reading to learn how

To set a global accommodation for Time Limit Extension:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab (now located on the left-side menu)

  2. Expand the view for the class the student is a member of

  3. Click the "eye" icon

  4. Next to the student's name click "Add accommodations"

  5. Toggle the Time Limit Extension button on

  6. Choose the appropriate extension for the student

You can choose between x1.25, x1.5, x2, or set up a custom time limit extension.


Once a Time Limit Extension accommodation has been set for a student, the status under "Accommodations" will change to show the extension provided:

To change an accommodation:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab (now located on the left-side menu)

  2. Expand the view for the class the student is a member of

  3. Click the "eye" icon

  4. Click the accommodation next to the student's name

  5. Change the accommodation

  6. Click "Update" to save

To remove an accommodation:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab (now located on the left-side menu)

  2. Expand the view for the class the student is a member of

  3. Click the "eye" icon

  4. Click the accommodation next to the student's name

  5. Un-toggle the Time Limit Extension button

  6. Click "Update" to save

NOTE: Accommodations are set globally on the student level. This means that once accommodations have been set for a student, they will apply for that student across the board: on all formatives and in all classes!
If a teacher changes or removes an accommodation from the "classes" tab - it will effect the student's accommodations for all classes and other teachers as well.

The student's Global Time Extension accommodation doesn't apply to my class / subject - What do I do?

If a student has a time extension accommodation and a teacher assigns a formative with a time limit, the teacher can edit the time extension for that student for that specific formative, without affecting the accommodation on other formatives or classes.

When assigning a formative with a time limit, if there are any students in your class with global time extension accommodations, you will see the number of students with accommodations next to the "Accommodations" setting. (Note: time limit has to be set first, in order to see the number of students with accommodations)

To edit or disable Time Limit Extension for students with a global accommodation:

  1. Click the carrot next to "Accommodations" to reveal the list of students with accommodations

  2. Click the pencil icon next to a student's accommodation to reveal the accommodation settings

  3. Edit the Time Limit Extension for the student by clicking X1, X2, or Custom

  4. Disable the Time Limit Extension for the student by toggling off the Time Limit Extension button

  5. Click "Update" to save the changes for this specific formative

I have a student with a Time Limit Extension who started the formative and needs to complete it at a different time - what do I do?

Formatives with a Time Limit can be paused both for the entire class, and for individual students. Please see our article on Pausing a Formative to learn how to pause the formative for your student(s)!

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