Online Time Limited Assessments

What are Online Time Limited Assessments? Where can I find more information about online assessments?

An Online Time Limited Assessment with a duration of 48 hours or less is a formal University assessment which is timetabled centrally by the Assessment and Progress Team. These are held during the University assessment periods. The times, dates and locations are published online by the Assessment and Progress Team. You can also access this through your personal assessment timetable via Minerva. Details of when assessment periods will take place, as well as when timetables are published and Timetable FAQs are available on the Key Dates and Locations website.

Some of these assessments may be open book, which allows you to access materials such as summaries, notes and textbooks. This type of assessment does not just test your ability to recall information. Instead, you’ll be expected to engage in a critical and analytical manner, to demonstrate how you have understood your topic and that you can apply relevant knowledge to the question.

More information on online assessments can be found on the Skills@Library pages.  A helpful video to guide you through what is expected of you and the resources available for open-book assessments has also been created.


Make sure you take a look at the Online Assessment Guidance on the Library pages to prepare yourself for your assessments.   

Online Time Limited Assessments may be scheduled for a 48-hour period, however that does not mean you are expected to spend 48-hours completing the assessment, ensure you thoroughly read the instructions of the assessment before your start.  The instructions (rubric) will inform you of the actual time you are expected to spend completing the assessment, it may also inform you of any word count restrictions that apply.  The 48-hour time period is generally to allow for technical issues, time zone differences and disability adjustments.   

All assessment question papers have a rubric.  The rubric is a set of instructions or an informative list to aid the completion of the assessment.

The front page of the assessment question paper will show:

  • The module code (this should show on every page)
  • The module title
  • The school responsible for the assessment
  • The time you are allowed to complete the assessment

Information specifically about the assessment such as:

  • If the assessment is made up of more than one section
  • What marks each section is worth
  • If there are more questions on the assessment question paper than you need to answer
  • If you need to answer a certain amount of questions from one section

Read carefully the front of the assessment question paper.


During teaching, you may have been asked to collaborate with others on tasks.  However, in an Online Open Book Assessment, you must not collude with others, the work you submit must be your own.  You must avoid any practices which could mean that you cannot honestly claim that the work submitted is your own.  


Further information on the different systems available for online assessments visit the Systems for online assessments web page.


You will have been provided with details of how to contact your school for support during your online time limited assessment. If you experience technical difficulties during an online time limited assessment, you should contact your school as soon as possible to make them aware of this. Please note that IT issues are not normally accepted as Mitigating Circumstances.