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The Versant English 4 Skills Assessment Test

The Versant English 4 Skills assessment test is useful in measuring proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The 4 Skills test evaluates a candidate’s aptitude for productive language skills such as speaking and writing, as well as receptive skills of listening and reading. Analyzing these skills provides comprehensive scoring of a candidate’s language proficiency levels.

Why Choose Versant?


With a 0.97 correlation, Versant test scores generated by the Ordinate testing system are virtually indistinguishable from expert human scoring, ensuring confidence in the results.


The Versant English 4 Skills Test is highly reliable (split-half reliability of 0.97), delivering more consistent testing without the variability typical of multiple evaluators and locations.


Versant is fully automated and can be easily taken over a phone or computer by large groups of test-takers. A detailed score report is available minutes after the test is completed.

What We Test


Candidates respond to different questions from their computer or phone, which allows us to evaluate each test taker’s fluency, pronunciation, sentence mastery and vocabulary skills, carefully measuring their language proficiency levels.


Applicants respond to questions and provide written responses, enabling us to evaluate each individual candidate’s organization, grammar, vocabulary, voice, and tone. At one point, applicants read a description of a situation, and need to write an email addressing the issues described in the situation


Test takers have 30 seconds to read a paragraph, which then disappears. They then have 90 seconds to reconstruct the paragraph in their own words. Their performance on this section feeds is reflected in the grammar and reading comprehension scores.


The candidate will listen to a series of short stories, then retell the stories, in English, using their own words. In addition, they’ll listen to a series of questions during the “Short Answer Questions” section, and are then requested provide a simple response.

Versant English 4 Skills Test Features


  • Screening applicants or new hires
  • Assessing existing employees’ English abilities

Duration of Test

~30 Minutes

Number of Questions

70 Questions

Question Types

  • Repeats
  • Sentence Builds
  • Conversations
  • Sentence Completion
  • Dictation
  • Passage Reconstruction


  • Precise score in the range of 20 to 80
  • Diagnostic sub scores in sentence mastery, vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation
  • Detailed explanation of language capabilities
  • Suggestions for improvement
  • Score mapping to GSE and CEFR

Test Security

  • Secure capture and storage of candidate responses
  • Anonymous test ID numbers to ensure data privacy

Validity and Reliability

  • Versant has been extensively field tested and evaluated to verify its validity and reliability.

Conventional Tests vs Versant English 4 Skills Test

Conventional Tests

Versant English 4 Skills Test

Questionable consistency
Proven reliability
Limited times, locations
Anytime and anywhere
Results in days or weeks
Results in minutes
Complicated test
Easy administration portal
High cost
Cost effective

English 4 Skills Test FAQ

How do you test English 4 skills?

At each step of the test, millions of data points are collected throughout the Versant English 4 Skills Test and fed into our proprietary, and patented, scoring algorithm. Utilizing the 4 Skills test ensures you’ll hire the right people for your multi-channel communication.

Where can I purchase English 4 Skills Tests?

English speaking tests can be purchased through our website. To speak with a sales representative, feel free to give us a call at (888) 788-4441 or fill out a form here.  You can also download a sample test or sample score.