The Versant™ English Speaking Test, created by leading language testing experts and built on the patented Ordinate® testing system, evaluates the spoken English skills of people whose native language is not English. Corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions throughout the world use this English Speaking Test to evaluate the ability of staff, officers, or students to understand spoken English and to communicate clearly and appropriately in English.
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 Speaking 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
The ability to use basic and complex grammatical structures and sentence patterns accurately and appropriately. Scoring focuses on the appropriate usage of words, phrases, and clauses in meaningful structures.
The ability to articulate vowels and consonants in a native-like manner. Scoring focuses on accurate pronunciation and stress placement at the word and sentence level.
The ability to understand, recall, and use common everyday words accurately and appropriately. Scoring focuses on the range of vocabulary and the accuracy of its use at the word, phrase, sentence, and discourse levels.
The ability to maintain smooth speech flow and tempo. Scoring focuses on rate of speaking, the position and length of pauses, rhythm, and phrasing.
Versant English Speaking Test Features
Duration of Test
Number of Questions
Precise score in the range of 20 to 80
Diagnostic sub scores in sentence mastery, vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation
Intelligibility Index score
Suggestions for improvement
Detailed explanation of language capabilities
Score mapping to GSE, TOEIC, TOEFL, CEFR
Secure capture and storage of candidate responses
Anonymous test ID numbers to ensure data privacy
Random test form to prevent cheating
Validity and Reliability
Versant has been extensively field tested and evaluated to verify its validity and reliability.
Conventional Tests vs Versant English Speaking Test
Versant English Speaking Test
Limited times, locations
Anytime and anywhere
Results in days or weeks
Results in minutes
Easy administration portal
English Speaking Test FAQ
How do you test English speaking skills?
The Versant English Test is a top-notch gauge for determining someone's English-speaking effectiveness. By testing sentence mastery, pronunciation, vocabulary, and fluency, users are able to get a comprehensive understanding of someone's English capabilities.
Where can I purchase English Speaking 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.
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