Task 4 of the PPAT® assessment requires one 15-minute video recording taken from a continuous lesson on a single day during your clinical experience. The purpose of the submitted video recording is to provide a view of your teaching that is as authentic as possible. Your video recording should convey to the raters how you practice your profession, the decisions you make and your relationships with students. The raters are not able to visit your classes; therefore, a video recording is the only illustration of the following key practices:
- interactions you have with students
- how the students interact with one another
- how you create a positive learning climate
- how you are able to adjust instruction for the students
- how you engage the students in learning
Video Submission Options
There are two submission options:
- one - 15-minute video file (unedited)
- three - five-minute segments (each unedited) that are combined into one video file
Note: We strongly encourage you to record multiple lessons during the course of your clinical experience so you have several options when choosing which is the best footage to submit for original submission or, if necessary, for resubmission. See the Task 4 Video section of the PPAT® Candidate and Educator Handbook for more information about recording the Task 4 video.
Editing vs. Combining the Three Five-minute Video Segments
While you are allowed to identify 3 five-minute segments from a single continuous lesson event and combine them, each of those segments must be unedited. There cannot be any disruption in the video footage for the duration of each segment.
If the segments of you teaching within your recording appear to have been edited, the entire task will receive a score of zero. Any break in the continuity of the lesson event within a segment is considered impermissible editing. Video segments from different days or classes cannot be combined. The footage must all come from a single lesson event.
The purpose of the submitted video recording is to provide a view of your teaching that is as authentic as possible. Your video recording should convey to the raters how you practice your profession, the decisions you make, and your relationships with students. The raters are not expecting flawless footage.
Video File Size and Types
You can upload only one video file in the online submission system. The submission system where you upload your video has specific requirements as to the type and size of video files that are acceptable for uploading. If your video does not meet these requirements, you will not be able to upload the video.
Maximum file size: 500 MB
Acceptable file types:
Before submission, become familiar with your recording equipment and the size and type of the video file you will create. This will allow you ample time to adjust your video file to meet the system requirements for uploading.
If you plan to record your video from your cell phone or tablet, make sure you are able to transfer the video file from your cell phone or tablet to a PC or Mac® in order to upload it to the submission system.
Even though your video recording may be within the 15-minute requirement, the file itself may be too large for uploading into the submission system. If the file is too large, use video editing software to reduce the file to an acceptable size.
Videos Recorded in a Virtual Learning Environment
ETS will accept videos created in a virtual learning environment for candidates who are unable to record face-to-face videos as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Review the Guidance for Completing the PPAT Assessment in a Virtual or Hybrid Environment.
To protect the identity of participants in the virtual recording, most video conferencing platforms have a step-by-step process on how to change one's name or remove one's name from the account. In some instances, a user can remove their name while a meeting is being recorded.
Editing Your Video to Meet Uploading Requirements
The individual video segment(s) that you will submit as evidence cannot be edited. If the segments within your recording appear to have been edited, the entire task will receive a score of zero. Depending on your video output file, you may need to make changes to your video file to meet the requirements for uploading into the online submission system. You may have to:
- combine multiple video clips/segments into one file
- reduce the video file size
- convert file to an acceptable file type
Video-editing software may be needed to get the file ready for upload. There are a number of free video editing software programs available on the Internet. When searching, make sure you find the official manufacturer’s website to download the software. See the Video section of the Submission System User Guide for links to video-editing software. If your file meets the system requirements and you are still unable to upload, please contact Customer Service for assistance before the submission deadline to allow time to resolve the issue.
Additional video information including tips on lighting and placement of video equipment, importance of recording multiple videos and how to analyze your video recording is available in the PPAT Candidate and Educator Handbook.
Uploading Your Video
The video is uploaded in Task 4, Step 5.
- Do not upload the video to your Library of Artifacts.
- Do not include a link to a third- party site for your video.
For detailed information on how to upload your video and how to navigate the submission system, review the Submission System User Guide.
Video Upload Process and Errors
- We recommend that you allow at least one hour for the video upload and review process in the submission system.
- If your video file is too large, is not the correct file type, or is corrupted in any way, you will receive errors when trying to upload the file. You want to allow time to resolve these errors.
- The video upload process could take over 30 minutes to complete before you will be able to review the video. When planning your Task 4 response, be sure to allow enough time for this so you can review the uploaded video prior to submitting the task.
- If you submit your task without confirming that the video can be viewed and that the sound quality is good, your scores may be impacted.
- To use your time efficiently, upload your video first so that it can process while you are entering your written commentary in the textboxes.
If you are unable to resolve video upload errors, contact us for assistance before the submission deadline.
Reviewing Your Uploaded Video in the Submission System
Review the video file after it has successfully uploaded to ensure proper sound and play quality. Your scores will be impacted if raters are unable to view or hear your video during scoring. This could result in zero step scores.
Permission Forms and Privacy
You are required to obtain permission forms from parents/guardians for the use of any student work submitted and/or for the appearance or voice of students in a video or photographs. You must also obtain permission forms from any colleagues or other adults who may appear in the video or photographs and/or whose work (e.g., written observations, letters) may be supplied as artifacts. See Permission Forms.
Given the importance of privacy with regard to the videos, it is your responsibility to keep the video files secure. Do not use videos for any purpose other than to fulfill the requirements of this assessment. Do not upload videos to websites other than the online submission system.
Video Deletion Policy
The assessment video will be deleted from ETS systems approximately 12 months after the final scores are reported for the submission window, with the exception of videos that will be used for training purposes. A video that ETS selects to be used for training ETS raters will remain in the ETS systems. ETS will honor requests to exclude a candidate's video from being used for training purposes. Requests to exclude a video from being used for training purposes should be sent via email to email@example.com.