If enabled, you can take breaks during a test. During the break, the test timer is paused and you cannot view or interact with the test content. Scheduled breaks occur automatically at the end of sections and can be cancellable (meaning you can return to the test at any point) or mandatory (you must wait until the break timer expires before returning to the test).
This article explains how you can take breaks in the Surpass test driver.
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Taking a scheduled break
Scheduled breaks can occur automatically at the end of sections. Sections with scheduled breaks are indicated by a coffee cup (). Scheduled breaks can be set as Fixed Time or Pooled Time.
Fixed Time breaks
Fixed Time breaks have individual timers. For example, if you cancel a five minute break after two minutes, the remaining three minutes are lost.
If your scheduled break is mandatory, you must wait for the break to finish.
Pooled Time breaks
Pooled Time breaks have a shared timer. You can choose how much of your total break time to use at each break point. For example, if your test has a pooled break time of 20 minutes and two break points, you can choose to take two 10 minute breaks (10/10), use the whole time in one break (20/0), or split your available time unevenly across the break points (7/13).
When you have completed your first section with a scheduled break, you can see your total break time in the Scheduled Break Time Remaining field. You can choose how much of your break time to use at each break point. Select Resume Test to resume your test at any point.
Taking an unscheduled break
Unscheduled breaks can be taken at any point during a test. For example, if your test has an unscheduled break time of 10 minutes, you can choose to take your break at any point. You can use the whole time in one break or split your available time across your desired break points.
You can see your total break time in the Break time remaining field. Select Break to take a break at any point.
Select Start Break to take a break. Select Resume Test to resume your test.
If you choose to take a break, select Resume Test to resume your test at any point. You can see your remaining break time in the Unscheduled Break Time Remaining field.
Finishing your break
When you have finished your break, you must re-confirm your details before returning to the test. Select Yes to confirm your details and proceed to the next section.