Take a Break Feature for Proctored Online Assessments



Effective February 11, 2019, WGU students will enjoy the option to take a break during a WGU objective assessment. The proctor will review the Take a Break feature during the exam instructions. There will be a 10-minute break allowed for each hour of the exam. The proctor will report to WGU any breaks longer than the allotted time. After your break you will only be able to answer questions you did not view prior to your break.



Proctor Review of Student Request to Take a Break

When the student clicks the Take a Break button, the proctor will engage with the student in case they have questions about the break feature. After the student accepts the break rules in the popup box, a timer will appear on the screen to let the proctor know how long the student has been on break.


3-TaB Navigation Bar.pngScreenshot showing the location of the Take a Break button.



Student Confirmation of Take A Break Guidelines

When the student selects that they would like to take a break, a dialogue box with terms and conditions will appear:


2-TaB Guidelines.jpgScreenshot showing the dialogue popup, and the location of the checkbox for accepting terms, in the bottom left corner.


Note: The student must select the checkbox, confirming that they have read the full list of the break rules in order to continue with the break.



Regulations Regarding Questions Viewed Prior to Break

The navigation bar at the bottom of the test player gives a visual cue to students for the status of test questions.


Online Exam- Test Question Navigation Bar

Students will not be able to make any changes on the dark blue or yellow highlighted questions in the navigation bar once they return from a break. The student will only be able to complete the questions not seen prior to the break, upon their return to the exam. When returning from a break, students will not be able to modify the question they were on at the time of the break.

  • Questions in dark blue have been seen and answered prior to the break.
  • Questions in light blue have not been seen prior to the break.
  • Questions in yellow have been seen but not answered prior to the break (“eye” symbol)
    • The Take A Break dialogue box will list questions that have been seen, so the student will know which exam items they cannot return to if they decide to take a break. Remember, students cannot return to any seen questions (even those unanswered).  
    • If the student has not answered the question they take a break on, it will also appear on the list of viewed questions in the dialogue box, as it has been seen prior to the break.

1a Take a Break button.pngScreenshot showing the question navigation section of the testing page.



Note: After returning from a break, students will not be able to modify questions they have previously viewed, whether completed or only viewed.



Proctor Notification of a Return from Break

Upon returning from a break, the proctor will ask the student to pan their testing space with their webcam to ensure that they did not bring any unauthorized materials into the testing environment. In order to keep test questions secure, the student cannot change any questions that they have looked at or answered after coming back from the break.


Note: Should the student not continue the assessment after taking a break, the exam will be submitted as an attempt.



Take a Break Help Resources

Here is a video showing how the process looks in the testing environment: Take A Break Video.


Please contact Assessment Services if you have questions regarding the Take a Break feature for online assessments.


Additional FAQs available Take a Break Feature FAQs.


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