The Versant Dutch Language Proficiency Test Efficiently Measures Language Skills
The Versant Dutch language proficiency test is an assessment instrument designed to measure how well a person understands and speaks Dutch.
Using advanced speech processing technology, the Versant Dutch Test was created by leading language testing experts. Through sophisticated algorithms, the test evaluates any non-native Dutch speaker’s ability to understand and to communicate in Dutch on a variety of everyday topics.
To evaluate a candidates Dutch language skills Versant’s automated tests give you the ability to quickly, accurately and objectively score their working knowledge of the language.
The Dutch language is spoken by almost 25 million people as a first language, with 17 million of them living in the Netherlands. Dutch is also spoken in Canada, Indonesia, the Caribbean, and the United States.
Versant is fully automated and can be easily taken over a phone or computer by large groups of candidates. A detailed score report is available minutes after the test is completed.
Miscommunication Can Have Serious Consequences
Which is why the Versant Dutch language proficiency test effectively determines a test-takers comprehension in the following ways:
In the Reading task, candidates read printed, numbered sentences, one at a time, in the order requested by the examiner voice. The reading texts are printed on a test paper which should be given to the candidate before the start of the test.
On the test paper or on the computer screen, reading items are grouped into sets of four sequentially coherent sentences as in the example below.
In the Repeat task, candidates are asked to repeat sentences verbatim.
Sentences range in length from three words to fourteen words. The audio item prompts are spoken aloud by native speakers of Dutch and are presented to the candidate in an approximate order of increasing difficulty.
Short Answer Questions
In this task, candidates listen to spoken questions in Dutch and answer each question with a single word or short phrase. The questions generally include at least three or four content words embedded in some particular Dutch interrogative structure. Each question asks for basic information, or requires simple inferences based on time, sequence, number, lexical content, or logic.
The questions are designed not to presume any knowledge of specific facts of Dutch culture, geography, religion, history, or other subject matter. They are intended to be within the realm of familiarity of both a typical 12- year-old native speaker of Dutch and an adult learner who has never lived in a Dutch-speaking country.
For the Sentence Build task, candidates are presented with three short phrases. The phrases are presented in a random order (excluding the original order), and the candidate is asked to rearrange them into a sentence, that is, to speak a reasonable sentence that comprises exactly the three given phrases.
For the Story Retelling task, candidates listen to a spoken story and then are asked to describe what happened in their own words.
Candidates are encouraged to re-tell as much of the story as they can, including the situation, characters, actions and ending. The stories are from forty to ninety words in length. Most stories are simple with a situation involving a character (or characters), a setting and a goal.
The body of the story typically describes an action performed by the agent of the story followed by a possible reaction or implicit sequence of events. The ending sometimes introduces a new situation, actor, thought, decision, or emotion.
In this task, candidates listen to a spoken question in Dutch asking for an opinion, and the candidate provides answers, with explanations, in Dutch. The questions deal either with family life or with the candidate’s preferences and choices.
Evidence for Validity, Reliability, and Practicality
As a part of ongoing validity study, the Versant Research and Development team continually conducts internal research, gathering evidence for the validity, reliability, and practicality of the tests.
Our internal team regularly involves international experts who conduct validation studies. They also respond to requests from independent researchers who conduct experiments in the field of linguistics, using Versant products as one of their standards of measurement.
Accurate. Reliable. Fast.
Versant test scores generated by the patented Versant testing system are virtually indistinguishable from expert human scoring, ensuring confidence in the results.
The Versant Dutch language proficiency test is extremely reliable, and delivers more consistent testing results, without the human bias or fatigue typical of human evaluators.
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