There is no timer or scoring, but if things go badly, the date may autonomously decide to leave.Otherwise, when the controllable Sim says goodbye, the date will end, and a pop-up message will appear, and will give the player a general idea of how the date went.The time increases every time the score reaches a higher threshold on the date meter.The Sims will get of additional time for reaching Good Date, for Great Date, and for Dream Date, but nothing more thereafter.Sims will not get a time penalty if their date score drops to a lower threshold, nor will they get another time extension for reaching a tier if they have reached it once.While Sims are on a date, they can go almost anyplace, though there are several exceptions.
The mechanism is similar to that of a party, but dating can be done on a community lot and only involves two Sims.
The most efficient way to boost the date score is to fulfill both Sims' wants while developing a romantic relationship between the two Sims.
On the other hand, the score will go down if a Sim's fears are fulfilled or dating disasters occur.
The key is to do fun things together and avoid dating disasters.
Dating is a quick way to build up romantic relationship with another Sim.