How to Create Scheduled Candidate Breaks with Pooled Time

About: This guide will demonstrate how to create tests with scheduled candidate breaks using pooled time. You can find more information in the 'Test Form Rules' section of the Surpass Help.
For an overview of the Candidate Breaks functionality, read this article.

Scheduled candidate breaks occur at the end of sections and can either be set to fixed time or pooled time. If you would like to learn about scheduled fixed time candidate breaks, read the article 'How to Create Scheduled Candidate Breaks with Fixed Time'.

Creating pooled time breaks enables you to provide a 'pool' of total break time that can be split across different section breaks. When you set breaks to use pooled time, the candidate can choose how long they take for each scheduled break.

Step 1: Create a Timed Sections Test Form
In the 'Test Form Rules' tab of Edit Test Form, create a test form containing at least 2 timed sections. To do this, create your desired number of sections and add test items to the sections. Once you have done this, in the 'Duration' section, select the 'Timed Sections' Timing setting.

Note:Pooled time scheduled breaks should only be used with tests that contain 2 or more section breaks.

Step 2: Enable Candidate Breaks
Once you have created a test form with timed sections, the Candidate Breaks section of Test Form Rules becomes available. Select the 'Add Breaks' tickbox to enable the further settings in this section.

Step 3: Choose the Scheduled Pooled Time Break Settings
In the Break Style dropdown menu, select 'Scheduled Break' and in the Break Type menu beneath it select 'Pooled Time'.  

Step 4: Apply a Break Duration
When you have selected 'Pooled Time', an additional setting for 'Total Break Time (mins)' will appear underneath it. In the textbox, apply the total duration in minutes that you want to allow for breaks. 

Now, candidates sitting this test will be able to choose how much of their allocated break duration in each scheduled break.

Step 5: Apply the Section Breaks
Now you have added a total break duration, you need to select the section(s) you want breaks to occur after. 

Highlight the section you would like a break to occur after and select 'Edit'. Make sure that you have set a section duration. To ensure a break is applied to the section, select the 'Enable Break After Section' tickbox. 

For more information, read the other articles about candidate breaks.

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