Versant Practice Test

Versant Practice Test

Pearson PLC offers the Versant suite of examinations, which are computerized tests of spoken language. Versant tests were the first fully automated spoken language examinations to assess non-native speakers’ spoken language skills using advanced speech processing technologies (including speech recognition). English, Spanish, Dutch, French, and Arabic examinations are included in the Versant language suite. Aviation English assessment, children’s oral reading assessment, and adult literacy assessment have all used Versant technology.

Adult language learners generally take Versant examinations, which are fifteen-minute tests of speaking and listening skills. 

(The length of the test varies based on the test.) The test can be taken over the phone or on a computer, and it is graded using pre-programmed data-driven algorithms. During the test, the system plays a sequence of recorded questions at a conversational tempo, prompting the test-taker to respond orally.


Versant Products

The Versant tests are available as several products:

       • Versant English Test
       • Versant English – Placement Test
       • Versant English – Writing Test
       • Versant Spanish Test
       • Versant Arabic Test
       • Versant French Test
       • Versant Aviation English

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In addition, the Versant framework has been used to construct various domain-specific tests in conjunction with other businesses. The Versant Aviation English Test (for aviation workers), the Versant Junior English Test (for English learners aged 5 to 12), and the Dutch immigration test are among these tests (exclusively available through Dutch Embassies).

Prepare and Take the Versant Practice Test

Versant Exam Tasks

Versant tests typically have six tasks and these are:

Versant Test Preparation

Taking a test can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’re getting ready to take a Versant test, there are a variety of materials available to assist you learn about the test style and question types.

• Read

       – Download the official test guide to learn more about your test

• Practice

       – Look for a free demo or take a Versant test online practice

• Watch

       – Sign up for a free Exclusive Tips webinar to receive test-taking advice from the experts.

• Take the Test

       – You’re ready – time to take your Versant test!

Versant Technology

• Automated administration

       – Versant tests can be performed on a computer or over the phone. Test takers can access and complete the tests from anywhere with a landline or an internet connection. Test takers are given a Test Identification Number and are instructed to listen to a recorded examiner’s voice, which is also written verbatim on the test paper or computer screen. Test takers listen to recorded item prompts read by a range of native speakers throughout the test. Large numbers of tests can be administered and scored quickly because the test is automated.

• Automated scoring technology

       – Within minutes of completing the test, Versant posts the results online. By inputting their Test Identification Number on the Versant website, test administrators and test takers can view and print their Versant test results. Sentence Mastery (i.e., grammar), Vocabulary, Fluency, and Pronunciation are the four diagnostic subscores included in the Versant test score report. On a scale of 20 to 80, the overall score and subscores are reported. A large number of speech samples from native and non-native speakers are used to optimize the automated scoring method. To obtain a sufficient number of such speech samples, extensive data collecting is usually carried out. Following that, the spoken responses are transcribed in order to train an automatic speech recognition system.

       – The voice recognizer, which has been designed for non-native speech, automatically processes each incoming response. The recorded signal contains the words, pauses, syllables, and phone numbers. The existence or absence of expected proper words in expected sequences, as well as the tempo, fluency, and pronunciation of those words in phrases and sentences, are used to grade the content of the response. Based on statistical models of native and non-native speakers, base measurements are then produced from segments, syllables, and words.