Versant measures a variety of language skills and competencies anywhere, at any time, using patented AI technology to help your organisation set a global standard level of communication.   

Available 24/7 –
no appointment needed

Used in over
100 countries

Scored 350 million
tests since 1996

Results and diagnostics
within minutes

How Versant can help you

For academic institutions

Improve student’s  employability by proving their practical English skills

Academic institutions throughout the world use Versant to evaluate and prove the ability of students to understand spoken English and to communicate clearly and appropriately in English in real life.

For Corporations

Assess the language skills that are important for business success

Companies use Versant to uphold the communicative language standards that are critical to customer satisfaction, employee productivity, and improved business results.

Versant Speaking Test

Measure spoken proficiency in minutes

Screen your job candidates or students quickly with the Versant Speaking Test, a 20-minute test of spoken English that delivers results in minutes.

Question types

Test takers respond to different types of questions via computer or smartphone, allowing us to evaluate each candidate’s overall abilities plus their fluency, pronunciation, sentence mastery and vocabulary skills. Millions of data points are collected throughout the Versant Speaking Test that feed into our patented scoring algorithm.

Test details

  Total Number of Questions:  63
  Time:   Approximately 20 minutes
  Scoring:   Global Scale of English (10-90) / Versant scale (20-80) / CEFR <A1-C2
Task / Number of questions Task details & skills evaluated
A Reading Read aloud displayed sentences in order of instruction (evaluates pronunciation, fluency)
8 tasks
B Repeat Repeat sentences exactly as heard (evaluates pronunciation, fluency, sentence structure)
16 tasks
C Questions Give a simple answer using one of the words from the question (evaluates vocabulary)
24 tasks
D Sentence Builds Listen to randomly ordered words and word groups and rearrange them into a sentence (evaluates fluency, sentence structure)
10 tasks
E Story Retelling Listen to brief stories and retell them in your own words (evaluates pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary, sentence structure)
3 tasks
F Open questions Answer freely to simple questions
2 tasks

Test delivery options

Candidates can take the test anytime, anywhere in a number of different ways to ensure maximum flexibility for your business needs

Mobile App Delivery 

Candidates can use our mobile app to take the Versant spoken test from anywhere, with or without service.

Web Delivery

Candidates can take any Versant test online via desktop or laptop.

Software Delivery 

Securely test your candidates onsite and offline with our software-based delivery option

Remote Monitoring 

For additional security and confidence in recruitment, the remote monitoring option uses AI to verify candidate identity and flag suspicious behaviour when testing offsite.

Score report

Fast Reporting

The score report is available within minutes and includes the test taker’s overall score and subscores, with detailed explanations of language capabilities and tips for skill-specific improvement.

Intelligibility Index Score

Intelligibility reflects how easy it is to understand what someone is saying. Available exclusively in the Versant English Test score report, this new score measures various parts of a test taker’s manner of speaking such as pronunciation, fluency, clarity of expression, and speed of speech.


The scores are benchmarked to a number of standardized international score scales including the Global Scale of English (GSE)* and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

* Global Scale of English (GSE)
The GSE is the first truly global English standard, allowing teachers to more accurately and more easily measure learner progress. To learn more about GSE, go to this page.

Test administration

Organisations have access to an all-in-one test management platform, which enables them to easily:

  • Set controls on what candidate data is captured
  • Set passing scores
  • Flexibly group candidates according to business requirements
  • Distribute tests, results and certificates
  • Analyze individual and aggregate test performance data

Who uses Versant?

“The first good thing about VERSANT is the “speed,” as results are immediately available after taking tests. It is important to get the results quickly when taking the test before and after English training, so that we can run a cycle of verifying the effectiveness. There is also the “convenience” of being able to take the test with a smartphone. Since the test can be taken anytime and anywhere, there is no need to set up a venue or have busy employees come all the way to take the English test. Furthermore, the “credibility” of the score is also important. Based on our experience, we have found that the scores are consistent and do not fluctuate much, even if the same person takes the test several times and this is one of the main reasons why we use VERSANT.” — PERSOL HOLDINGS CO., LTD.