Latest version of Versant test unveiled with remote monitoring built-in
Pearson, the world’s learning company, unveiled its latest Versant English Language test, which students can take from the comfort of their own homes and Canadian universities can count on to verify test takers skills.
Versant’s remote monitoring capability means that test sessions are recorded, with AI algorithms identifying and flagging any suspicious behaviour for the test administrator to review and examine. The remote monitoring feature is an add-on to other standard benefits including on-demand testing, AI scoring and instant results.
Marlene Olsavsky, Managing Director for Pearson Canada, said “We have introduced our Versant remote monitoring test for Canadian universities and students to use, in response to PTE Academic being currently unavailable for testing in Canada many other parts of the world due to Coronavirus.
“We recognise that Canadian higher-educational institutions are in need of alternative remote English language testing options during this time, which is where Versant comes in – it is a valid and reliable test which will accurately measure student’s English skills.
“With millions of students around the globe in lockdown, this test is an ideal solution, as they can take it at home, needing only a computer and headphones.
“Furthermore, Versant will help higher-ed institutions quickly and securely reduce their backlog of students waiting to test, as it is available on demand to buy and administer, with results available as soon as testing is completed.”
Pearson has partnered with HirePro, a leading assessment solution provider with over 15 years of proctoring experience, to automatically monitor Versant testing.
Pasupathi Sankaran, Chief Operating Officer, HirePro, said “We are very excited about the partnership with Pearson. This latest version of the Versant test will help universities to conduct assessments remotely with precision, enable a convenient and faster process at the same time and reduce the operational cost associated with conducting them in-person.
“In our journey of the past 15 years, we have realized the growing need for remotely monitored assessments and the present situation has led to a wider acceptance. Built by a team of experts with more than 20 patents in audio / video technologies, our assessments platform offers the test takers a superior experience and ensures automated detection and prevention of cheating.”
Versant is purchased by Universities (rather than by selling direct to test takers) who then administer the test direct to students. Versant + Remote Monitoring can be taken worldwide, with the exception of mainland China and other sanctioned countries.
Notes to Editor
- For further information on Versant + Remote Monitoring, as well as the wider suite of Versant tests on offer please go to www.VersantTests.com
- For further information on PTE Academic including our extensive range of preparation materials and current test centre availability go to https://pearsonpte.com/articles/covid-19-information-for-pte-academic-test-takers-and-institutions/
- Pearson is the world’s learning company with more than 22,500 employees operating in 70 countries. We provide content, assessment and digital services to learners, educational institutions, employers, governments and other partners globally. We are committed to helping equip learners with the skills they need to enhance their employability prospects and to succeed in the changing world of work. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.
- HirePro is a leading technology and assessments solution provider to Government, corporates, and educational institutions. Established in 2004 and headquartered in Bengaluru, India, HirePro offers preeminent technology platform and allied services to companies that require an expert support to navigate the talent landscape. As a distinguished provider of automated selection platform and solutions, HirePro holds the prominence of a strategic partner in the talent acquisition and recruitment market today. To know more about HirePro and its offerings, please visit www.hirepro.in
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