Thanks for your reply and sorry for the late reply. I got sidetracked for a while researching how to clone and restore my moodlesite just in case I screw it up (fourth install so far!) due to my fat fingers and slow brain. Luckily looking good so far.
1. Fixed this problem, thanks Howard. And I love dangerous women :D keeps me on my toes.
2. It's a shame there is no individual timer on each question, that would be very valuable to keep students on track and push them.
3. And it is another shame imo to have the navigation block there permanently too because it just distracts the test takers from focusing on the present question. Still I guess other moodlers may find it useful and I have different needs.
4. Thanks, now I have freed up my time with the hardware stuff, I look further into trying to customize how I like it to be. If I find Moodle overwhelming at times, I am pretty sure the students will find it ten times worst. Less is best sometimes.
And yes, hacking is an option I have considered but way over my head right now, that's another battle.
Thanks again and have a nice one!