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Granting Special Access to Quizzes in D2L

Special access can be given to one or more students for a quiz, e.g. a longer time limit or a unique start and/or end date. Special access can also allow students to bypass Lockdown Browser. Instructors can provide Special Access in two ways. From the Classlist, instructors can set term-long Special Access accommodations for students. In situations of unrepeated accommodations, instructors can set individual quizzes to have Special Access as well.

Add Term-Long Special Access

When students have accommodations that will span for the entire term, instructors can set it so each student has Special Access for quizzes throughout the quarter using the Classlist.

  1. Go to the Classlist.
  2. Scroll down and navigate to the student for whom to grant Special Access.
  3. Select the dropdown arrow next to the student [A].
  4. Select Edit Accommodations [B].
    dropdown menu select edit accommodations
  5. A list of settings for quiz accommodations will open. To grant a student more time on quizzes, select Modify Time Limit.
  6. Then, select one of the following:
    • To grant the student a multiplier of the original quiz time (e.g. 1.5x), select the radio button under "Multiplier of original quiz time". Then, enter the multiplier in the "times" field.
    • To grant the student a set amount of additional time, select the radio button under "Extra time" and enter the time in minutes.
  7. (Optional) To enable the student to right-click, select the check box to allow it.
  8. Select Save.
  9. An icon will appear next to the student in the Classlist to indicate special access [A].
    icon indicating special access

Note: The accommodations will automatically occur for the student for every quiz. The quiz itself will not show a key icon to indicate that there is Special Access set on the quiz. However, the accommodations can be viewed within the quiz when following the directions to Add Special Access to an Individual Quiz

Add Special Access to an Individual Quiz

For instances in which accommodations must be made only once, Special Access can be granted within the quiz restrictions.

  1. Go to the Quizzes area in the course site.
  2. Select the name of the Quiz to which to give special access.
  3. Select the Availability Dates & Conditions tab [A].
  4. Under "Special Access" select Manage Special Access [B].
    screenshot of the availability dates and conditions tab expanded
  5. Make sure the "Allow selected users special access to this quiz" button is selected (this is the default option).
  6. Select Add Users to Special Access.
  7. Set the special access that to be granted:
    • To allow individual students earlier access to the quiz, check the box for "Has Start Date." Then, change the start date.
    • To allow individual students later access to the Quiz, check the box for "Has End Date." Then, change the end date.
    • To allow individual students more time to take a quiz, check the box for "Override time limit." Then, enter a new number in the "minutes" field, enter a multiplier for the original time limit, or add extra time to the special access attempt. There is also an option to override the set behavior once the time limit has been exceeded.

      Note: On synchronous quizzes, instructors should make Special Access students aware that the quiz will start at the assigned Start time. See Set up a Synchronous Quiz for more information on this setting.

    • To allow individual students a different number of attempts in the quiz, check the box for "Override attempts allow" and choose a number from the dropdown menu below.  Then select Apply.
    • To allow individual students to circumvent Lockdown Browser, go to the "Lockdown Browser" section and select the checkbox next to "Not required to take this quiz".
  8. Check the box next to the name of the student(s) who will have special access to the quiz.
  9. Select Save.
  10. Select Save and Close.


After the student has taken the quiz, make sure the quiz attempt is graded. Visit Grading Quizzes for more information.

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