Task 4 of the PPAT® assessment requires one (1) 15-minute video of your student teaching experience. The purpose of the video is to provide an authentic and complete view of your teaching as possible. Raters are not able to visit your classes; therefore, a video recording is the only illustration of the following key practices:
- interaction with students and how students interact with you and one another
- creation of a positive learning climate
- engagement of students in learning
The video conveys to the raters how you practice your profession, the decisions you make and your working relationship with students.
During the course of your clinical experience, record multiple videos so you have several options for choosing the video 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.
Multiple Video Segments
You can upload only one video file, which can contain multiple teaching segments. You have two options for creating your video file.
- one continuous unedited 15-minute segment
- three separate unedited five-minute segments combined into one file
Keep your video segment(s) limited to the times as directed above. Raters will only review the first fifteen minutes of the video.
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. 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.
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.
For detailed information on how to upload your video and how to navigate the submission system, review the Submission System User Guide.
The video upload process in the submission system could take over 30 minutes to complete. 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. 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 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. If you are unable to resolve video upload errors, contact us for assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.