Session Rate Card

 

At a Glance

This article explains how customers on the Flex plan should interpret their testing-capacity usage reports displayed in the Usage and History Dashboard. The Session rate card shows how many Session Units different tests will consume.

 

For further guidance on managing your testing capacity when planning your tests, check out our Managing Admin Controls on the UserTesting Flex Plan UserTesting University course and read our "Guidance for Admins on the Flex Plan" article.

What is the Session rate card?

How to read the Session rate card

How to calculate session rates

 

What is the Session rate card?

In the Flex plan, UserTesting tracks the amount of testing capacity used on the Platform. Since each test can vary based on the test type, session length, number of test contributors, and type of network they use, we created a unit-based metric called the Session Unit (SU).

Measuring Platform activity at the Session Unit-level ensures that you get the most value from every test. The Session rate card highlights the number of Session Units consumed per session by test type.

How to read the Session rate card

 

Session rates

number of Session Unites (SUs) incurred

 

Unmoderated session

(self-guided video)

Moderated session**

(Live Conversation)

Contributor type

Short Test*

Up to 5 min

Standard Test & Quick Answers

Up to 20 min

First

30 min

Each add'l

30 min

UserTesting Contributor Network 5 10 20 10

Custom Network

Customer network, UserTesting managed

3 5 10 4

Invite Network

Customer Contributors, Fuel Cycle***

1 2 5 2

*The Short Test feature must be selected before test launch. Contributors may end a short test after five minutes.

**Live Conversations are ordered in 30-minute increments, but the Session rates are based on the actual session duration. For sessions that run beyond their scheduled time, there is a five-minute grace period. After this grace period, the session incurs additional SUs in 15-minute increments (i.e., 5 SUs for UserTesting Contributor Network, 2 SUs for Custom Network, and 1 SU for Invite Network.

***The Fuel Cycle and UserTesting integration is aligned with Invite Network SU rates. Currently, only unmoderated website tests can be launched via the Fuel Cycle integration, so the session rate is 2 SUs. To learn more about Fuel Cycle integration, please read more in this article

Contributor type

Under Contributor type, you can find Session rates by network, such as the UserTesting Contributor Network, Custom Network, or Invite Network.

Unmoderated session

Under Unmoderated session, you can find Session rates for a Short Test, a standard test (e.g., a prototype evaluation, website comparison, tree test, card sort), and Quick Answers tests. Note that if you want to run a Short Test, you must select this feature before the test launches. Contributors then may end a short test after five minutes. 

NOTE: It is crucial to keep standard tests within 20 minutes. Tests lasting longer than 20 minutes usually produce lower-quality responses because of contributor fatigue. Be sure to factor in this time limit when creating your test plan. 

Moderated session

Under Moderated session, you can find Session rates for the first 30 minutes of a test and for each additional 30 minutes. A session consists of the video and metrics of a recorded test, or the video of a single Live Conversation interview.

How to calculate session rates

The Session rate is calculated per session, and the rate varies by the test type and length, as well as session type (or how the contributor was recruited). After launching a test, each session that a contributor completes consumes a specific number of Session Units.

For example:

  • If you launch a Quick Answers test with six contributors from the UserTesting Contributor Network, that test is 60 SUs. 
  • A 60-minute Live Conversation with five contributors from your Custom Network is 70 SUs. 

While Live Conversations are ordered in increments of 30 minutes, UserTesting assesses Session Units based on the actual duration of the video. There is a five-minute grace period if the session runs over its scheduled time. After this grace period, sessions begin assessing SUs in 15-minute increments (five SUs for UserTesting Contributor Network, two SUs for Custom Network, and one SU for Invite Network).

For example:

  • If you launch a Live Conversation with one contributor from the UserTesting Contributor Network and that interview lasts 35 minutes, your test will be metered at the 30-minute cutoff and you will incur a usage of 20 SUs.
  • If you launch a Live Conversation with one contributor from the UserTesting Contributor Network that lasts 36 minutes, your test will be metered at the 45-minute amount (30 minutes plus the 15-minute increment). You will then have used 25 SUs (20 SUs for the first 30 minutes, and an additional five SUs for the extra minute after the grace period).

Note: The default cap for Live Conversations launched on the Flex plan is 100 contributors. This cap can be set to a different amount at the account level; contact Support to change the cap.

 

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