MUST turned to Pearson and the Versant English Placement Test (VEPT) as its solution. VEPT is an English proficiency test that measures the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of individuals whose native language is not English. The test takes 50 minutes to complete, and questions are randomized to ensure maximum security. Results for this web-delivered test are available within minutes. With a 0.99 correlation, Pearson test scores generated by the Versant testing system are virtually indistinguishable from expert human scoring, ensuring confidence in the results.
“Our previous test was a manual solution that was too time consuming,” said Khaled Khorshed, Manager of the MUST Test Centres. “We did not have the resources to thoroughly and accurately assess so many students in so little time. We needed a computer-based test that was easier to administer, had a secure testing and scoring process, and provided accurate and reliable results. We got all of that with the Versant English Placement Test.”
The MUST English Test Center team now manages the entire English assessment process for each new group with a single system. Using Versant’s test management tool, ScoreKeeper, a roster can be uploaded into the system, automatically assign a unique identification number to each student, administer the test, and then deliver the results. What previously took hundreds of hours is now done in minutes.