I am designing an English test for my students. However, I'm not a native speaker.

I want to design a quiz that can judge a student's result not only by his/her answers, but also by how much time he/she spent in that quiz.

What's the best way to express this?

Can I say

The result(s) may change according to how much time you spend in the quiz

(BTW, should we say "result" or "results" for a quiz?)

  • Why might the results change? It seems like an odd thing to say in the first place. If I heard that, I'd immediately ask for clarification. Or is there context that is missing? Do you get a higher mark for taking less time—or are you saying that spending more time to consider your answers could help you? Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 10:48

1 Answer 1


You could say something like this:

Your results may change according to the amount of time you spend on the quiz.

Using the plural form (results) as you are referencing to multiple students.

  • So ... your result and the results? May I know why? Thanks! Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 6:06
  • edited the answer so it is more clear. also wait for natives to answer as I am not a native speaker :)
    – Maryam
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 6:47

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