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    Extending your labs duration

    February 2022 Update

    As of February 1st, 2022 lab durations have changed, but no worries – you will continue to be able to save your progress, extend a lab and launch labs as many times as needed to learn and practice. The change is that there will be a limit to the number of extensions.

    As a result, CompTIA has taken a data-driven approach to increase lab durations and ensure that students will still have the equivalent amount of time that 95% of students have used to complete each lab. If students allow time to run out, the lab will cancel and no score will be recorded. However, you can refresh your browser and launch the lab again to practice and gain additional practical knowledge.

    How much time do I have to complete each lab?

    The maximum amount of time + extensions will equal 150% of the allocated duration. For example, if the lab duration is set to 30 minutes, you will be notified with 10 minutes remaining that the lab is close to ending. You will be able to extend the lab for 15 minutes. After 45 minutes, the lab will end automatically. If a lab times out, it will submit for grading and a score will be recorded.

    What happens if I reach the maximum time allowed and I have not completed the lab?

    If the maximum time is reached, the lab will automatically submit for grading and a score will be recorded.  If you don’t pass, no worries -- just refresh your browser, launch a new lab instance and work through the lab once again.

    Why is the planner timing different than the amount of lab duration?

    The value set for lab instance duration is now a maximum amount of time available rather than an expectation of time to complete. Assisted labs are designed to be 15-20 minutes. Applied Labs are designed to complete in 30-45 minutes. It is configured with a high margin to accommodate different learning styles. The planner timing is a guide for how much time to spend in the lab during a course event and as a target for self-study. For most labs you should not need to use the maximum amount of time available:

    • Aim to complete assisted labs in 15-30 minutes.
    • Aim to complete applied labs in 30-45 minutes.

    My lab times have typically exceeded the expectation set - should I be concerned?

    The maximum lab durations have been increased to provide plenty of margin to help you to adjust to the new lab duration settings. We will continue to monitor the time allocation and make adjustments as needed.

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