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How to add the countdown timer to your online quiz?

Visitors could search the Web for the correct answers while completing your online quiz. Because of this, we have provided you with the countdown timer option. This will submit the quiz automatically after the time has elapsed. Visitors will be against the clock upon completing the online quiz and will not have enough time to look up the answers from other sources.

To enable this option on your online quiz, simply go to the Advanced → Quiz section of your form and tick the Show countdown timer option.

Advanced quiz options

In the dropdown list, you can set the online quiz to count the time in seconds, minutes, or hours. In the box on the left, add the exact amount of time you want to set the countdown timer. Lastly, hit Save from the bottom of the page, and you are done.

From now on, respondents will see a countdown timer on the top right corner of the quiz. Once the time elapsed, the quiz will submit automatically.


Important Note

You cannot set two base units for the countdown timer. If you require the timer to be set to an hour and a half (1:30), you’ll need to add it all in minutes, as in 90.

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  1. Hello! Could you please accept this as a feature request and enable the timer to begin not at the login confirmation page but at the first page of questions? It would be huge for our customers! Thank you!

    1. Hi Olesya! Thank you for your suggestion, we will pass it along to our Engineering team to be taken into consideration for future updates. In the meantime, a workaround we can recommend would be to have 2 forms, the first being the form where users can enter their information from which they will be redirected to the quiz form that will start the timer. I hope this helps and if you need any assistance to set up this workflow, please feel free to contact us at and our team will gladly help!

    1. Hello, the countdown timer is a feature that can be used only when you build a Quiz Form on our platform. We cannot share the code behind it, however, you can find online various codes for countdown timers that you can use on your own website.

  2. Hello, there no any option for countdown timer in settings of quiz optios, so now how can I use this timer for my forms?

    1. Hello, Google Forms is a different form building service. At 123FormBuilder you can benefit of the quiz feature starting with our Gold Plan. Please create an accountand check out our Features Matrix. Have a great day!

  3. Hello, guys. Is it possible to set timer on each question? Is it possible to set timer for open-ended questions?

    1. Hi Sergei! I am afraid that the countdown can be set only on the entire form and not on each question. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Have a nice day!

    1. Hello! The countdown timer is set on the form and it does not have any limitations. Please ensure that you haven’t limited the number of submissions allowed on the form in Settings – Security – Submissions Limit.

    1. Hello! You will need first to click on each choice field and add the points by clicking on Quiz Options from the left-hand panel. After the points are assigned, simply click on Show countdown timer in the Settings – Quiz section. To publish the form on Blogger go to Publish – Blogger and copy the code.

  4. hello please my dir help me count on line exam system which is only chosing item and countdoun time.thank you for your help!!!

    1. Hi Animut!
      Please elaborate your request and address your questions and need of assistance to our Customer Care team. Get in touch with them directly from your account or from our Contact Page. They will be more than happy to assist you.

  5. Is there any way to disable the timer? I’m using the Online Quiz Form template for a different purpose, and so I don’t need the timer. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello!

      To disable the countdown timer, go to SettingsAdvanced and untick the option Show countdown timer. If you want to enable this option at a later time, just return to this section and tick the checkbox.

      For further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our support specialists at or via our contact form.


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