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The Versant English Assessment

Measure English speaking skills quickly, accurately and reliably

About Versant


Download a fact sheet |  Listen to a sample test


Use Versant to objectively measure English speaking skills.

  • Evaluate the ability to understand spoken English
  • Evaluate the ability to be understood when English is spoken
  • Enable consistent English language proficiency levels throughout your organisation
  • Evaluate English spoken language proficiency and objectively. 

Versant™ enables you to assess levels of spoken English language skills necessary for a work role or job.

  • Use Versant to assess an individual's spoken English language skills in 15 minutes or less.
  • Choose convenient, easy and secure administration by telephone.
  • Once you have authorised the testing process, the applicant simply makes a phone call and the testing begins. Results are automatically scored and available within minutes. 


Versant saves time and improves the hiring process

When interviewing time is limited, use the fully automated Versant to screen any number of candidates and make sure you interview only those with sufficient spoken language skills. The tests are simple and intuitive for native speakers and for proficient non-native speakers of English. Items have been reviewed for fairness and bias-free usage. 

 

How Versant test administration works

  1. The administrator provides the candidate with written instructions and a personal access number.
  2. The candidates can access the test 24 hours a day by phone from wherever they are being assessed.
  3. The administrator retrieves scores online within minutes. 


Reporting

View a sample report. The candidate achieves an overall score with sub-scores in the following areas: 

  • Pronunciation.
  • Fluency. This reflects the rhythm, phrasing and timing evident in constructing, reading and repeating sentences.
  • Sentence Mastery. This reflects the ability to understand, recall and produce English phrases and clauses in complete sentences.
  • Vocabulary. This reflects the ability to understand common everyday words spoken in sentence context and to produce such words as needed.

Recommended cut-off scores have been carefully calculated but we can work with you to determine job specific bespoke cut-off scores if required.

 

Can Do Guide

A detailed explanation of the alignment between individual scores and "oral interaction" descriptors based on Council of Europe (2001). Can Do Guide.

 

Companies/Organisations using Versant

Versant is used globally by a number of large companies and organisations, including:

  • Cognizant
  • Fujitsu
  • IBM
  • Procter & Gamble

 

Related Links:

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H&SE website