Video hotspot question

Video hotspot question in digital assessment

Digital assessment can make an important contribution in assessing knowledge and skills. You can use a variety of questions here, such as the video hotspot question. This article will teach you more about what a video hotspot question is. We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this question type and 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 by 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.

Sample video hotspot question

For example: Candidates see a video of a sales call.

Q: Participants should identify moments when something special happens or goes wrong.


There are several types of point counts to consider. 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.

Benefits of a video hotspot question

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

  1. Visual question type: The question type is more visually appealing than text-based questions. This makes it more challenging and interesting for the participants.
  2. Interactive Experience: Participants must actively search for the answers and thus receive an interactive experience. This also contributes to a pleasant testing experience!
  3. Application-oriented: This type of question requires the application of knowledge. Participants can thus put knowledge into practice.
  4. Effective assessment: Video hotspot questions can assess specific skills or knowledge areas in a way that text-based question types are less able to do.

Disadvantages of a video hotspot query

There are, of course, not only advantages to using this question type. A few disadvantages are listed below:

  • Technical requirements – The question type requires specific hardware and software to play the video, or what about appropriate and proper testing software?
  • Quality requirements – It can be difficult to determine exactly where the hot spot should be placed, especially if the video images are not clear or sharp.
  • Error prone – Some candidates may experience problems when 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 videos.

Tips for deploying a video hotspot question

  • Clear video – Make sure the video is clear and sharp so the candidate can easily identify hot spots.
  • Connection to target audience – Think carefully about whether a video hot spot question connects with the target audience to whom you are administering a test. Not everyone has the skills of their own to handle this type of question well.
  • Stable Internet connection – Are you taking 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 test software – Make sure your test-taking software’s exam player is user-friendly.


Video hot spot questions are a unique way to assess and evaluate candidates using video technology. In certain, specific cases, this question type can add unique value. However, think carefully about the consequences in both drafting the question, and in taking it from the candidates. Did you know that the Optimum Assessment Platform supports different question types, allowing you to create the ultimate testing experience?

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