THE 8 ELEMENTS™ 2018 Retesting Procedures

Welcome to the 8 Elements™ retesting info page!  Below you will find: 

Please read all of the details below carefully to make sure you understand the retesting procedures before you register.  

I have a question, who should I ask?

If you have a question that is not addressed on this page:

  • Post your question in the Facebook group for your intensive
  • Tag Little Scarab and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can (we check the Little Scarab notifications once per week).

Due to our limited staff size, we are not able to respond to individual testing questions via email.  


UPCOMING 2018 RETEST DATES

  • April 26th & 27th
  • July 12th & 13th
  • October 18th & 19th

HOW TO REGISTER

Please read the following instructions carefully, as registration procedures vary depending on the component you are registering for.

Written Assessment

  • Written retests are scheduled by time slot and administered online via Google Hangouts. Please review the How to Submit details before you register so you fully understand the retesting procedures & requirements.
  • We schedule written retest dates 3-4 times per year.  
  • You'll select your written assessment date and time when you register.
  • You'll receive an email confirmation with your time slot.

Register for your written retest here.

Practical Assessment

  • Practical retests must be uploaded as private videos to unlisted YouTube playlists. Please review the How to Submit and Requirements for Video Submission details before you register so you fully understand the retesting procedures & requirements.
  • We schedule practical submission due dates 3-4 times per year.  
  • You'll select your practical submission due date when you register.
  • Your registration is complete after you have completed the registration form (link below) and your payment has cleared.

Register for your practical retest here.

Final Project (Phase III only)

  • Final Projects must be submitted via Dropbox.  Please review the How to Submit and Requirements for Video Submission details before you register so you fully understand the retesting procedures & requirements.
  • We schedule final project submission due dates 3-4 times per year.  
  • You'll select your final project submission due date when you register.
  • Your registration is complete after you have completed the registration form (link below) and your payment has cleared.

Register for your next final project submission here.


HOW TO SUBMIT

Please read the following instructions carefully, as submission procedures vary depending on the component and phase you are retesting.


Written (Phases I - IV)

  • All written retests are scheduled by time slot and administered online via Google Hangouts.
  • You will need the following to take the test:
    • A computer 
    • A webcam
    • A Google account
    • A web browser installed on your computer (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.)
    • A broadband internet connection with at least 500 Kbps download speed. If you're unsure, test your internet connection here.
  • The Google Hangout video/audio feed and screen sharing features must be active for the duration of the test (to ensure everything goes smoothly at the time of your test, we strongly recommend you test these features with a friend before your testing date). 
  • Please be logged into your Google account at least 5 minutes before your testing time.  You will receive a hangout invite via email from either 8elementstesting@gmail.com or the8elements@gmail.com.

Practical (Phases I - IV)

REQUIREMENTS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION

• The video & lighting are clear and RB can see all of your movements clearly (it doesn’t have to be HD, just well-lit and easy to see). 
• The video has just one take — your best take. If you send several takes, we will just watch the first one.
• Please cut out any long intros so the video starts right away.
• The video is all one clip — a single take.
• The audio is clear, and your movement, zils, and music are all in sync. (Note: Zils and music can seem out-of-sync if you use a speaker that is angled away from the computer. Computer speakers and quiet or taped zils works fine. Be sure you can hear yourself and your music. We need to be sure that you’re on the beat.)
• Be sure you feel good about your video, and it’s your now-best! Imagine that you were reviewing it: Can you see your arms and legs? Can you see the hip work and hear the music?
• Videos where you cannot be seen or heard will be considered incomplete and not reviewed. 
Helpful Tip: Video yourself frequently before the due date. It always takes longer than you might think to get a take you’re happy with. Organize and review your lighting and sound in advance.
Helpful tip: Complete 5X5s of your practical videos with specific instructions to yourself about how to improve.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PRACTICAL VIDEO

You'll find a short instructional video & written instructions below.  Please follow these directions carefully to ensure your submission will be accepted:

 
 
  1. Log  into, or create your YouTube account at www.youtube.com.
  2. Click the playlist collaboration link that corresponds with your retesting due date.  Click 'Continue' to add to the playlist. (Optional: If it's your first time uploading to a collaborative YouTube playlist, you can learn more about how it works here.)
  3. Upload your video to YouTube with the following settings:
    • Make sure the video is set to private and share it with the8elements@gmail.com.  This will allow RB to view it, but others on the playlist won’t be able to see it.
    • Title the video using this format:  <Your Name, Practical Test, Your Intensive Month Year & Phase> (example: "Alex Alexander, Practical Test, July 2017 Culmination".)
    • Be sure to add your video to the playlist that corresponds with your submission due date (see links in step 2).
  4. Double check that your video is in the playlist and it works.
  5. Please do not share the playlist link, it is for retest participants only.
  6. Please do not send messages to any 8 Elements staff on social media: We rarely check messages there and your message could get lost..  If you have questions, please ask in the facebook group for your intensive.

Final Project (Phase III only)

REQUIREMENTS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSION

• The video & lighting are clear and RB can see all of your movements clearly (it doesn’t have to be HD, just well-lit and easy to see). 
• The video has just one take — your best take. If you send several takes, we will just watch the first one.
• Please cut out any long intros so the video starts right away.
• The video is all one clip — a single take.
• The audio is clear, and your movement, zils, and music are all in sync. (Note: Zils and music can seem out-of-sync if you use a speaker that is angled away from the computer. Computer speakers and quiet or taped zils works fine. Be sure you can hear yourself and your music. We need to be sure that you’re on the beat.)
• Be sure you feel good about your video, and it’s your now-best! Imagine that you were reviewing it: Can you see your arms and legs? Can you see the hip work and hear the music?
• Videos where you cannot be seen or heard will be considered incomplete and not reviewed. 
Helpful Tip: Video yourself frequently before the due date. It always takes longer than you might think to get a take you’re happy with. Organize and review your lighting and sound in advance.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR FINAL PROJECT

This is a different process than the practical submission, because you’ll also submit written work. You'll find a short instructional video & written instructions below.  Please follow these directions carefully to ensure your submission will be accepted:

 
 
  1. Upload your video to youtube, vimeo, or dropbox. When possible set as an “unlisted” video. (If you’re unable to upload your video to youtube or vimeo, you can upload it directly to your “Final Project” folder, located within your Phase III dropbox homework folder.)
  2. Include the link to your video (and password if there is one) in the text of your written work
  3. Double check that your link works before you send it!
  4. Refer to the Final Project Packet you received during your intensive for a checklist of the written work to submit.  Make sure you include all of the required written work, otherwise your submission will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed.
  5. Combine your written work into one PDF with the title <Your Name, Final Project, Your Intensive Month Year & Phase> (example: "Alex Alexander, Final Project, July 2017 Culmination".)
  6. Upload your PDF to the “Final Project” folder within your Phase III dropbox homework folder. Note: Those who took Phase III in 2016, will be assigned a dropbox folder upon registering for your final project resubmission.

FAQS

IF I RETEST, DO I NEED TO TAKE BOTH PARTS OF THE TEST AGAIN?

If you are within your 18 month retesting cycle, you only need to retest for the component that you are still working on. The portions that are “passed”  are considered completed.

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR RETESTING?

Retesting fees vary by phase and component, details below:

Phase I
1st retest: $35 per testing component
2nd retest and onward: $70 per testing component

Phase II
1st retest: $50 per testing component
2nd retest and onward: $100 per testing component

Phase III
1st retest: $50 for the written, $50 for the practical, $75 for the final project
2nd retest and onward: $100 per testing component

Phase IV
1st retest: $50 for the written component, $75 for the practical component
2nd retest and onward: $100 for the written component, $150 for the practical component

These fees are subject to change.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY RETEST RESULTS?

  • If you retest the written component, you will receive your results via email within 2-4 weeks from your testing date.
  • If you resubmit the practical or final project components, you will receive your results via email within 2-4 weeks after the submission due date.

CAN I SUBMIT MY PRACTICAL OR FINAL PROJECT BEFORE THE SUBMISSION DUE DATE?

Yes.  You may submit your practical or final project anytime between the moment you register and your submission due date, however please note that Rachel reviews all submissions at once, so she will not review your submission until the submission due date. You will receive your results via email within 2-4 weeks after the submission due date.

HOW OFTEN CAN I RETAKE THE ASSESMENT? IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?

  • We offer retests 3-4 times per year.
  • You may retest during these dates as many times as you wish, as long as they fall within 18 months from the last day of the intensive.
  • If your assessment test is not completed by the 18th month marker, then you’ll need to retake the intensive to test again.

MAY I RECEIVE AN EXTENSION FOR MY RETEST?

  • No. Testing and retesting registration fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged or substituted for a different testing period, so be sure you have the time to commit to your test.
  • If your retest submission is not received by the testing due date, you are welcome to register and pay for another retesting date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T PASS BY THE CUTOFF OF 18 MONTHS?

  • If you do not complete all the homework and assessment requirements within the alotted time, we feel you would benefit from taking the intensive again.
  • You may re-register for an 8 Elements intensive three times. After that we will not offer registration options.

IF I RETAKE THE INTENSIVE WILL I NEED TO RE-DO THE HOMEWORK AND TESTING COMPONENTS I HAD PREVIOUSLY PASSED?

Yes.  Participants who retake an intensive start with a “blank slate”, meaning they’ll need to complete all homework, attendance, and testing requirements for the phase they are retaking (regardless of whether they passed that component at a previous date).

WHAT IF I NEED STUDY/COURSE CONTENT MATERIALS AFTER THE INTENSIVE IS OVER?

Below is 8 Elements policy for post-intensive materials requests:

All materials, including notes, homework resources, video of practicals, project packets, or any other post-intensive homework must be gathered during the intensive as stated in the study guide introductions. In the case that items are lost or destroyed, participants may obtain the information from peers by asking on the facebook group for their intensive.  We’ve found that participants usually receive materials quickly, and the materials will be specific for that intensive, when they share with each other.

Policy in 2018 is “Ask 3 Before Me,” encouraging participants to discuss the material before making requests of admin staff for several reasons: To encourage communication among participants, and to encourage resourcefulness and independence for the individual.