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Television Production

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


  • Demonstrate understanding of fire safety
  • Demonstrate understanding of personal safety
  • Demonstrate knowledge of equipment safety



  • Define target audience, including demographics and ratings
  • Create or prepare production schedule/timeline  
  • Identify various budget/financial issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concept development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various script formats, including storyboarding
  • Determine technical requirements and site survey/location scout
  • Identify and describe various communication distribution methods
  • Select crew and cast talent for appropriate production requirements
  • Design and construct sets and lighting



  • Prepare graphics appropriate to production
  • Execute various lighting designs  
  • Direct and produce a studio production
  • Direct and produce a field production
  • Produce or select appropriate music for production
  • Perform on-camera production skills
  • Identify parts of cameras, accessories, and camera support systems
  • Perform camera movements (e.g., tilt, pan, truck, dolly)
  • Properly adjust cameras (e.g., exposure, white balance)
  • Demonstrate appropriate lens operation and framing  
  • Identify various live distribution methods
  • Identify and maintain various recording and file management systems  
  • Determine microphone selection and application
  • Identify and operate various audio devices in a recording environment

Specific Competencies and Skills continued:


  • Identify and describe proper editing techniques
  • Demonstrate editing aesthetics
  • Identify and manage various file formats  
  • Import, capture, and export media appropriately  
  • Describe and apply motion graphics and video compositing
  • Evaluate the finished product with the client/audience
  • Identify and describe essential computer hardware for editing

Ethics, Communications, and General Field Knowledge

  • Identify and define various career paths in the video production/broadcasting field
  • Exhibit knowledge of copyrights, contracts, ethics, images, talent, and industry legalities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the business aspects of the video/broadcasting field professional behavior with clients, coworkers, and supervisors


Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours   

Number of Questions: 174


Areas Covered:

Safety 7%

Pre-Production 20%

Production 49%

Post-Production 16%

Ethics, Communications, and General Field Knowledge 8%


Sample Questions:

If a light catches on fire, the first step is to

  1. spray the fire with water
  2. get out of the building
  3. call the supervisor
  4. shut off the power


In the traditional two-column script format, what information is placed in the left column?

  1. thumbnails
  2. sound and visual effects
  3. video and camera cues
  4. actor’s dialog


Stationary items on a set such as pictures, lamps, and plants are called

  1. platform pieces
  2. props
  3. background pieces
  4. set dressings


In digital media, sound and light are translated into

  1. binary code
  2. time code
  3. vector
  4. codec


Studio set removal is referred to as

  1. storing
  2. blocking
  3. striking
  4. packing


Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours

Number of Jobs: 3


Areas Covered:

27% Create and Script Video

Participant will create a script for a 30- to 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA), using the two-column format.  Describe the video, audio, and graphic. Save and print the script.

35% Production

Participant will use the script created in Job 1 to create a video, making sure all shots are properly exposed, white balanced, and in focus.


38% Post-Production

Participant will edit the video from Job 2 following all instructions and export final product to desktop.


Sample Job:

Create and Script Video

Maximum Time: 45 minutes

Participant Activity: The test participant will create a script for a 30- to 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA), put their name on the script, save the script, and print two copies of the script.