The Versant Arabic Test Uses Modern Standard Arabic
The Versant Arabic Test uses advanced speech-processing technology. The algorithms evaluate a non-native Arabic speaker’s ability to understand and communicate well in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).
MSA is the language connecting the Arab world. Most in the Arab world regularly hear MSA on television, newspapers and other media. It’s prevalent at schools and in the workplace.
While MSA might sound slightly formal, and might even differ in areas from spoken dialects, Arabic native-speakers make themselves understood through the common features of MSA. Because Arabic is one of the six working languages of the United Nations, and the official language of 22 Arab countries, learning with Versant’s MSA platform will be usable in business, diplomacy, or even as an interpreter.
Versant automated tests, created by leading language testing experts, evaluate the language skills of candidates quickly, accurately and objectively.
U.S. Department of Defense Adopted the Versant Arabic Test
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Language Institute (DLI) selected the Versant Arabic Test, to quickly and accurately evaluate spoken Arabic language skills
DLI depended on Versant’s Validity and Reliability
Versant Assessment tests have been extensively and reliably field tested. They’ve been evaluated to verify its validity and reliability.
Test Security Ensured Data Privacy
Anonymous test ID numbers to ensure data privacy, and secure capture and storage of candidate responses. Random test forms are also used in an effort to prevent cheating during the test taking process.
The Skills the Versant Arabic Assessment Tests Cover
There are key elements that determine the performance of spoken language, and Versant’s automated test system evaluates and produces an overall score based on the following areas:
This is the ability to use both basic, and complex, grammatical structures and sentence patterns. The algorithms within the scoring system focus on correct usage of words, phrases, and sentences. The tests evaluate how sentences and syntax are accurately structured into meaningful communication.
The Vocabulary portion of the test measure the ability to understand, recall, and communicate with common words that are used in everyday language. The accuracy and appropriateness of using correct words is measured, focusing on the vocabulary range of words, phrases, and entire sentences.
Maintaining smooth and steady speech make for more natural sounding speech. Scoring focuses on the flow and tempo of the speech, as well as the rate of speaking. In addition, the algorithms measure pauses, rhythm, and phrasing and compare them to an educated, native Arabic-speaking individual.
Articulating vowels and consonants similar to the way a native-speaking person is important. Because of that, Versant’s scoring focuses on correct pronunciation, and which words and phrases are stressed in a sentence.