Video hotspot question

Video hotspot question in digital assessment

Digital assessment can make an important contribution to assessing knowledge and skills. You can use a variety of questions to do this, such as the video hotspot question. This article will teach you more about what a video hotspot question is. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of this question type and cover tips.

What is a video hotspot question?

A video hotspot question is a digital (closed) question type that asks candidates to indicate something at specific locations in a video using hotspots. For example, this could be a specific button, object or part of the video. So this question type contains a video where the right part must be clicked at the right time. In doing so, the candidate selects the correct answer option based on the information they have seen in the video.

Example of a video hotspot question

Example: Candidates see a video of a sales call.

Question: Participants should identify moments when something unusual happens or goes wrong.

Point Count

There are different types of point counts to use. You can choose to award points to the candidate only for answering the complete question correctly. Another option is to give points for each correct (partial) answer.

Advantages of a video hotspot question

A video hotspot question is an effective way to assess specific skills or knowledge:

  • Visual question type: The question type is more visually appealing than text-based questions. This makes it more challenging and interesting for the participants.
  • Interactive Experience: Participants have to actively search for the answers and thus get an interactive experience. This too contributes to a pleasant assessment experience!
  • Applicable: This type of question requires application of knowledge. Participants can thus put knowledge into practice.
  • Effective assessment: Video hotspot questions can assess specific skills or areas of knowledge, in a way how text-based question types are less able to do so.

Disadvantages of a video hotspot question

Of course, there are not only advantages to using this question type. Some disadvantages are listed below:

  • Technical Requirements – The question type requires specific hardware and software to play the video, or what about appropriate and good assessment software?
  • Quality requirements – It can be difficult to determine exactly where the hotspot should be placed, especially if the video footage is not clear or sharp.
  • Fault-Sensitive – Some candidates may experience problems using this technology.
  • Costly to produce – Video hotspot questions can be time consuming to create and set up, especially if the test constructor needs to record or edit video.

Tips for deploying a video hotspot question

  • Clear video – Make sure the video is clear and sharp so that the candidate can easily identify the hot spots.
  • Fit to target audience – Think carefully about whether a video hotspot question fits the target audience to whom you are taking a test. Not everyone has the skills to handle this type of question well.
  • Stable Internet connection – Do you administer tests at your own (exam) location? Then make sure you have a stable internet connection to avoid video hiccups and other technical problems.
  • Choose user-friendly assessment software – Make sure the exam taker of your assessment software is user-friendly.


Video hotspot questions are a unique way to assess and evaluate candidates by using video technology. In certain, specific cases, this type of question can add unique value. However, think carefully about the implications when both drafting the question and administering it to candidates. Did you know that the Optimum Assessment Platform supports different question types and allows you to create the ultimate assessment experience?”

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