Estimate time spent on each question in php

I'm working on improving the quiz  module ,for example student attempt each question and
each time the button "submit" is clicked it save  id ,answer, qid, in the table called  "child _attempt table"
I would like to implement  time  has to  spent answering each question . how to track start time and end time for each question using php

[b]Parent_attempt table[/b]

id,	eid,	studentd_id,	attempted_number,	start_date,	end_date,	   is_submitted,	score	

[b]child _attempt table[/b]

id,	qid,	attempted_id,	  answer	

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prashanth agsoftware engineer Asked:
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If you use a database you could store the current time when the page is loaded and then store a second value to save the time some button is clicked (The answering button or so?) then you can calculate with the results...

Just use "DATE" to get the current timestamp.

date("Y-m-d H:i:s");
prashanth agsoftware engineer Author Commented:
I tried this logic but it shows zero difference

$time = time();
$_SESSION['time_started'] = $time;

$endtime = $_SESSION['time_started'];

$starttime = time();

$difference = $starttime - $endtime;
echo $difference;

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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
That logic won't show any difference - the $time and $starttime are set at the same time, in the same script !!

You need to set the starttime when you load the question page:

$_SESSION['starttime'] = time();

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Then when you submit the question, presumably by submitting it to another php script you can calculate the difference by subtracting the starttime from the endtime. Don't forget to reset the starttime

$timespent = time() - $_SESSION['starttime'];
echo $timespent;

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You might also want to add in some error checking to make sure that the session variables are set
Ray PaseurCommented:
Here's an example.  You can try it on my server here, or install it and run it on your server.

<?php // demo/temp_prasan.php

 * See


if (!empty($_POST))
    $lapse = time() - $_SESSION['alpha'];

$_SESSION['alpha'] = time();
$form = <<<EOD
<form method="post">
Click this button to submit the form: <input name="x" type="submit" />

echo $form;

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prashanth agsoftware engineer Author Commented:
Dear Ray Paseur,

excellent code ,thanks for sharing
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