The Versant Tests are Automated Assessment Tests of Spoken English Language, Communication and/or Writing Skills
The Versant English test (VET) is the first fully-automated test of spoken language to use advanced speech processing technology (including speech recognition) to assess the spoken language skills of non-native speakers.
The Versant writing test (VWT) is a test module for measuring English writing skills and focuses on REAL English communication skills, not just knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, etc.
The Versant 4 Skills Test is a combination of the two tests and assesses a candidate’s speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.
For the Versant Aviation English Test (VAET), the manual of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) says the following four characteristics are appropriate assessment in:
- A proficiency test of speaking and listening;
- Test based on the ICAO Rating Scale and holistic descriptors;
- Tests speaking and listening proficiency in a context appropriate to aviation;
- Tests language use in broader context than the use of ICAO phraseologies alone.
Tests are Also Available in Spanish, French, Arabic and Dutch.
Even in the United States, assuring border patrol, or TSA agents, can speak and understand Spanish or Arabic is very helpful.
Whether it be face-to-face interaction at border crossings or airports, interactions with airline pilots, or for social listening and observing, having trained government or public service personnel up-to-speed can be critical.