Using Video in a Test

The use of video in an exam is most often used in on-screen tests, however can be used in paper-based tests if played from an external source. When video is included in tests, it is not often used to simply enhance the test but rather, it serves a purpose and either acts as an aid to the students or as the key tool for the student to answer the question. Video can also be used to support accessibility requirements for students with specific learning requirements. 

Some examples of when a video may be used in a test may be:

  • When asking the student to watch a clip of a film and analyse the camera angles/lighting/costumes etc
  • During the use of interactive training videos to demonstrate knowledge of a specific computer system
  • Showing a clip and asking the student to predict the outcome or the next step
  • As part of a listening exam
  • To support students with specific learning requirements, for example if the student is visually impaired or dyslexic.

Ensure that the video acts as a clear tool for the questions and conveys clear information. You will need to ensure it has been embedded correctly and practice tests should be run to ensure the video will run correctly in a live formative or summative assessment. You must also take into account the length of a video. If a test contains a very large file it will take longer to download the test at the beginning of the test.

Note: The purpose of these articles is to provide you with general advice in the fields of assessment and testing. These articles are not intended to replace any regulations or instructions provided by your organisation, but may be used in conjunction with these materials to support the assessment process.

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