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English Proficiency
Writing Test


The Versant English Writing Assessment

The Versant Writing Test is an English proficiency test which tests the English writing skills of individuals whose first language is not English. The test measures the use of English that would be appropriate for use in the workplace.

The Versant Writing Test takes only 35 minutes and randomly pulls test items from a large question item pool to ensure the highest test security. The test questions reflect many different situations of writing at workplaces including dictations, summarizations, and email correspondence. Tests can be taken on a computer either in online (web browser) or offline (computer software) mode.

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.

Versant English Writing Test Features


  • Screening customer service recruits - especially for call center positions
  • Assessing the communication skills of professional or teaching staff
  • Evaluating staff for overseas assignments or global project teams
  • Placing or measuring progress in training programs

Duration of Test

~35 Minutes

Number of Questions

42 Questions

Question Types

  • Typing
  • Sentence Completion
  • Dictation
  • Passage Reconstruction
  • E-Mail Writing


  • Precise score in the range of 20 to 80
  • Overall score with scores on key written communication skills: Vocabulary, Organization Voice & Tone, Reading Comprehension
  • Suggestions for improvement
  • Detailed explanation of language capabilities
  • Typing speed and accuracy
  • Score mapping to GSE and 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.

How to Administer the Writing Test

  1. The test administrator provides the test taker with the test instructions.
  2. The test taker enters their unique test ID on the secure Versant testing site to start the test.
  3. The test-taker answers the test questions and the answers are scored automatically.
  4. The test administrator retrieves the test taker’s score from the online reporting system.
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