When students are completing this task, no Internet access is allowed. However, the current version of ms access has the help system online. So are students supposed to remember the syntax of functions such as DateDiff, which was required for the january sitting? I certainly can't remember. I know most programming environments have such a function, so I know what to look for, but exactly how DateDiff is implemented in Access, what parameters are required in what order and what if anything gets returned, is something I'd have to look up. How do other people deal with this? Only thing I can think of, as it stands, is to advise students to come running out of the controlled conditions of the task, google any required functionality while the requirement is fresh in their mind, write down suitable functions and then go through their notes before the start of the next session. Completely mad. No professional developers work like that. Anyone managed to get more sense out of Pearson than I have?