The default timing setting for the Scattergories game is three minutes. Additionally, there are settings for 2.5 minutes and 2 minutes.
The basic rules of Scattergories urge players to set the integrated timer to its maximum setting of three minutes. The official rulebook includes variations for the game, such as a time-based challenge. In the time challenge, players adjust the timer to one of the other two settings in order to reduce the allotted time and increase the difficulty of the game. The timer is set by twisting a dial to the appropriate setting.