Place students before the semester begins using our 50-minute Versant English Placement Test.


This comprehensive test was specially designed for English language learners to automatically evaluate speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills by computer, with detailed score reports including current capabilities, and suggestions for improvement. Score mappings to common scales like GSE and CEFR make it easy to integrate results into your existing enrollment process.


Using auto-marking technology, academic institutions and private language schools throughout the world use Versant to evaluate the English communication skills of their students.


With a 0.99 correlation, Pearson test scores generated by the Ordinate testing system are virtually indistinguishable from expert human scoring, ensuring confidence in the results.



The Versant English Placement Test is highly reliable (split-half reliability of 0.96), delivering more consistent testing without the variability typical of multiple evaluators and locations.



The test is fully automated and can be easily taken on computer by large groups of candidates. A detailed score report is available minutes after the test is completed.


Sophisticated Automated Scoring Technology

With the state-of-the-art Ordinate® testing system, tests are scored automatically within minutes. The Ordinate testing system uses speech processing technology to measure speaking and listening skills. This system was built to handle the different rhythms and varied pronunciations used by native and non-native English speakers. The testing system is able to generate scores based on the words used in the spoken responses, as well as the pace, fluency, and pronunciation of those words in phrases and sentences.

The Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine measures written English skills and evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole written passages. The KAT engine is based on Pearson's unique implementation of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), an approach that generates semantic similarity of words and passages by analysing large bodies of relevant text. LSA can then "understand" the meaning of text much the same as a human reader.



• Course Placement

• Progress Monitoring

• Exit Exam

• Training Programs

Duration of test

~50 minutes

Number of questions


Question Types

• Read Aloud

• Repeat

• Sentence Builds

• Conversations

• Typing

• Sentence Completion

• Dictation

• Passage Reconstruction

• Summary & Opinion


Precise score in the range of 10 to 70

• Overall score

• Diagnostic subscores in speaking, listening, reading, and writing

• Detailed explanation of language capabilities

• Suggestions for improvement

• Typing speed and improvement

• Score mapping to CEFR

Test Security

• Secure capture and storage of candidate responses

• Anonymous test ID numbers to ensure data privacy


A Simple Test Administration Process

  1. The test administrator provides the candidate with the test instructions.
  2. The candidate uses a unique test identification number to start the computer based test.
  3. The candidate answers the test questions and the answers are scored automatically.
  4. The test administrator retrieves the candidate's score from the online reporting system.


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us.