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Speaking Test for English Language Proficiency


The Versant English Speaking Skills Test

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.

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 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

Sentence Mastery

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


  • Recruiting
  • School Admission
  • Teacher Credential
  • Promotion

Duration of Test

~15 Minutes

Number of Questions

63 Questions

Question Types

  • Reading
  • Repeat
  • Short Questions
  • Sentence Builds
  • Story Retelling
  • Open Questions


  • Precise score in the range of 20 to 80
  • Overall score
  • 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

Test Security

  • 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

Conventional Tests

Versant English Speaking 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 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.