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Overview: The Versant™ product line includes automated spoken and written language tests that can easily be taken over a telephone or computer by large groups of candidates for screening, admissions, placement, or training purposes.

Other Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Aviation English, Chinese, Dutch, French

Administration: Telephone, Computer, or Web

Completion Time: 15-50 minutes, depending on the test (Timed)

Scores/Interpretation: Automated Scoring; Tests are scored by advanced automated scoring systems including the Knowledge Analysis Technologies™ (KAT) engine which evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole written passages.


Product Details

A Smarter Way to Test Language Skills

Versant automated tests measure the spoken and written language skills of non-native speakers quickly and accurately. The Versant tests have helped corporations, government agencies, universities, and schools measure communication proficiency for screening, placement, and training purposes.

Easy and Secure Administration

Tests can be taken over web, app, or computer, and are automatically scored within minutes. Compared to conventional testing methods, Versant tests provide a more rapid and cost-effective testing experience without compromising test security and score reliability. Through the development and use of Versant speech processing technology, the machine-generated test scores are virtually indistinguishable from expert human ratings. Learn more.

Since 1996, over 390 million test questions have been delivered to, responded to, and automatically scored for individuals from over 100 countries around the world.

Assessments Available:

Versant English Test (approximately 17 minutes)

  • The Versant™ English Test automatically evaluates the spoken English skills of non-native English speakers, using speech processing technology and the advanced science of linguistics. The Versant™ English Test has been used by corporations, call centers/BPOs, government agencies, and academic institutions throughout the world to evaluate the spoken English skills of staff, officers, or students. Available on Versant for Web and the Versant iOS and Android phone apps.

Versant Spanish Test (approximately 15 minutes)

  • The Versant™ Spanish Test evaluates a non-native Spanish speaker's ability to understand and to communicate appropriately in Spanish on everyday topics. Versant automated tests allow employers to quickly, objectively, and accurately screen candidates when spoken Spanish skills are critical for success on the job. Available on Versant for Web and the Versant iOS and Android phone apps.

Versant English Placement Test (approximately 50 minutes)

  • The Versant™ English Placement Test has been specially designed for English language learners to automatically evaluate speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Using speech processing technology and the advanced science of linguistics, the Versant™ English Placement Test has been used in academic institutions, private language schools, and corporate training programs throughout the world to evaluate the spoken English skills of students or staff. Available on Versant for Web.

Versant English - Writing Test (approximately 35 minutes)

  • The Versant™ Writing Test is an English proficiency test which measures writing skills. It assesses the use of everyday written English in a workplace environment. The test takes ~35 minutes and looks at writing abilities in the areas of Grammar, Vocabulary, Organization, Voice & Tone, and Reading Comprehension. The test questions reflect many different workplace situations that require written English, including taking notes, summarizing, and responding to emails. Available on Versant for Web.

Versant English Aviation - Practice Test (approximately 20 minutes)

  • The Versant™ Aviation English Test was created to help aviation employers meet the new requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The test was developed under a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is compliant with the standards specified by ICAO. Available as a Versant Computer Delivered Test (CDT).

For Versant for Web:

Operating System

Any (no mobile support)

Browser Compatibility

Chrome v23 or higher
Internet Explorer v9 or higher
Firefox v17 or higher
Safari v6 or higher

Flash Version

Internet Explorer only - v11 or higher

Network Bandwidth

32 KB/s

Screen Resolution

1024px X 768px


USB headset with microphone

For Versant App:

Operating System

iOS v 8.0+
Android v 4.4+


App download size ~5MB
Minimum storage required to take a test 25 MB
Storage required to pre-download tests 140 MB

Network (Recommended)

3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection during test download (6-12 MB)
3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection during response upload (6-12 MB)

NOTE: Internet is not required while taking the test.



For Computer Delivered Testing (CDT):


Windows® XP SP3+, Vista, or 7
Pentium® III at 600 MHz or higher


5 GB free disk space
512 MB of RAM

Network (Recommended)

Broadband Internet connection Network security access to allow CdtClient.exe application to access (port 443)


Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher)




Sound card / audio driver to play audio
Screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768


The Versant testing system scores both the content and the manner of speech in our Versant speaking tests. It leverages speech processing technology that was built specifically to handle the different rhythms and varied pronunciations used by native and non-native English speakers. Learn more

Scores are available in the form of score reports within minutes after a test is completed. Depending on the test, score reports may include the overall score and domain scores, as well as detailed language capabilities of the test taker and suggestions for improvement.

Sample Score Reports:

Pricing & Ordering

International Orders
Customers who reside outside of the US, Central America, South America, and Caribbean must contact to place an order.

Receiving your TIN (Test Identification Number)
Your TIN should be emailed to you within a few hours of the test’s purchase. If the test is purchased outside of US business hours, it may take up to 12 hours. Tests purchased are valid for one time use only.

Additional Tests Available for purchase!
To buy Versant tests not listed below, please email to order.

Order Components

Other Products
  • Products



  • Versant English Test

    Delivered via App or Versant for Web

  • Versant Spanish Test

    Delivered via App or Versant for Web

  • Versant English Placement Test

    Delivered via Versant for Web

  • Versant Aviation English Practice Placer Test

    Delivered via Computer-Delivered Test (CDT) software

  • Versant English Writing Test

    Delivered via Versant for Web

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Product and Order Help

Sales Inquiries
To order or meet with your Pearson Specialist, please dial 650-470-3505 or

International Orders
Customers who reside outside of the US, Central America, South America, and Caribbean must contact to place an order.

For Customer or Technical Support
Our customer support reps can consult with you on products and order questions.

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