This article explores how videos can be used in tests. Far from being simply visually appealing, videos can act as key tools for candidates answering test questions.
Note: Videos can only be embedded in on-screen tests and cannot be used to support paper-based tests, unless played on an external source.
Videos can be used in a variety of ways in many contexts. For example:
- Candidates may be asked to watch a film clip and analyse the camera angles, composition, lighting, movement, etc.
- Interactive training videos may use video to demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular system or process.
- Candidates can be shown a clip, after which they are asked to predict the outcome or next step.
Good Practice Tip: It is important that videos convey clear information and act as supportive tools for their questions. You must ensure that videos have been embedded correctly and that practice tests are completed and verified before running videos in a live test.
Including a Video in Surpass
There are two ways to add videos in the 'Item Authoring' section of Surpass: you can import numerous videos to a subject-specific media library or you can add videos separately on an item-by-item basis. See the How to Add Media article for more information on adding videos to your items.
When uploading videos to Surpass, you must ensure that files do not exceed the maximum file size of 20MB.
Copyright Notice: When using videos, always ensure you are not in breah of copyright restrictions. Take care to check that licences for second- and third-party videos (e.g., from stock footage providers) are valid and cover your usage.
Never take videos directly from the internet without proper attribution of owner and licence information.
When in doubt, either contact the copyright holder or source public domain/licence-free videos. Alternatively, create your own footage.