Where does Vericant interview students?
We interview students in 14 Mainland China cities, as well as in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul.
How can I be certain the student in the Vericant interview is the right person?
We take applicant verification very seriously. We require students to bring a valid passport or China National ID card to the interview. Our video interview gives us and your school a very detailed record of who sat the Vericant interview. This video record, along with the handwritten essay, can then be cross-referenced with other application materials.
After a student is interviewed, how long is the wait until I can watch the video?
Videos are available within one to two weeks of the interview date. We understand the application process is time sensitive and we do our best to send videos as quickly as possible.
How is it fair to require only Chinese and Korean applicants to sit the Vericant interview?
Facing fierce competition, applicants welcome an opportunity to differentiate themselves and express their personalities. Additionally, the high numbers of Chinese applicants place a significant strain on a school’s administration capabilities, especially when resources need to be shared across many areas.
If I am still planning to visit China annually, why would I work with Vericant?
Many admission officers like yourself, interview many students during grueling admission trips in China. By prescreening your applicants, you can spend more time with the most interesting candidates and begin attracting top performers to your school.
How are other schools using Vericant’s service?
Schools requiring Vericant interviews are seeing the strongest results and are
- Focusing in early on Chinese applicants most serious about attending their school
- Quickly spotting the high performers in their applicant pool
- Significantly reducing administration, especially with early morning and late night Skype phone calls
- Better managing limited campus tours by requiring an interview beforehand
- More certain of each applicant’s identity, and can cross reference with application data
Schools encouraging, but not requiring Vericant interviews are:
- Providing candidates an option to showcase their abilities early in the admissions cycle
- Finding participating students who are worth pursuing
- Reducing administration time with applicants sitting the Vericant interview
How can I justify Vericant’s membership fee?
Ultimately, you are investing in your student body. Nurturing a student from the inquiry stage through enrollment is a costly process, especially for Chinese candidates. Vericant shortens this process and increases the chances of enrolling strong students. By prescreening your applicants, you can focus your time on building relationships with the best candidates while implementing a system to attract the best candidates to your school.
Why is Vericant a membership organization?
Much like other testing companies, Vericant is a membership organization. Just as you are committed to building a strong student body, we are committed to building and maintaining a strong product and superior customer service. It’s our mission to help schools identify qualified applicants and enroll strong students. We believe that when we excel at what we do, you do too.
How many points can you get on the SEE?
Students are given ratings from 0 to 6. Scores between 0 and 1 are generally given to interviews where the student barely speaks in response to interview questions. Scores between 5 and 6 are generally given to educated, well-spoken individuals. Most conversant English speakers will fall somewhere between 3 and 5.
Can you explain your SEE score, and how it differs or compares to TOEFL or IELTS?
The SEE is developed from the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), a framework of references that serves as the basis of the TOEFL and IELTS exams. The SEE is an evaluation of spoken English in Vericant’s behavioral interview setting. Unlike TOEFL and IELTS, the SEE was not developed with the specific purposes of assessing the proficiency of academic English. There is no reading, writing, or listening component to the Spoken English Evaluation.
TOEFL scores between 110 and 120 are roughly equivalent to a score of 5 on the SEE. IELTS scores between 8-9 are roughly equivalent to scores between 5-6 on the SEE.
What do you measure to determine the SEE score?
The SEE score is a holistic score combining a student’s proficiency in 5 communicative competencies: linguistic range, grammatical accuracy, fluency, conversational interaction, and conversational coherence. In this approach to evaluating spoken English, grammatical competence (technical mastery of words and rules) is only a part of how language is used for the purposes of communication.
How are SEE scores produced?
Students are given ratings of 1-6 in each of the 5 communicative competencies of the SEE. Ratings are given by two different raters who view and score the videos independently. The two raters’ scores are first reviewed for major discrepancies. If there are no major discrepancies, then the raters’ scores are averaged to produce the student’s final SEE score.
Who is rating the interviews? The interviewer?
A student’s language ability is never assessed on-the-spot by his or her interviewer. We do this to avoid “interviewer bias,” which is when an interviewer’s opinion may be consciously or unconsciously affected by the interview process. To maintain an objective evaluation process, our professionally trained raters are the only ones to rate interviews.
Raters are native English speakers of American English with at least a year’s experience teaching English as a second language. Raters undergo rigorous training in using and applying the SEE rubric.
How are raters trained?
Raters undergo a two-week intensive training in the technical rubric of the SEE during which their scoring process is thoroughly discussed and calibrated. Raters occasionally work as Vericant interviewers, but they are never allowed to rate their own interviews.
Raters are given periodic re-calibrations to the SEE rubric, and if they are not able to score inline with our master rating, are excused from rating until they have undergone and passed retraining.
Why is Vericant now evaluating students?
Having an independent 3rd party assess English ability is one more way to show your admissions office is doing everything it can to enroll high-performing Chinese applicants.
Vericant is evaluating applicants so that you can:
- Manage your number of applicants
- Prioritize applicants
- Give students feedback on their spoken English ability
Why does Vericant only evaluate spoken English ability?
We believe admissions is about finding the right fit between a school and a student – which is why we won’t tell you who’s right for your school! As an objective assessment of demonstrated language ability, the SEE score leaves the rest of the evaluative process up to you.
How does a SEE score benefit students?
Students receive objective feedback on their spoken English in the Vericant Video Interview so they are able to identify areas of improvement. Knowing their SEE score helps students determine which schools to focus their energy on.
How do I use the SEE score during my assessment of the applicant?
- Prioritize the order of videos you watch / Prioritize your applicant videos to focus on the best English speakers first.
- Filter applicants based on their scores.
- See applicants’ conversational abilities rather than test-taking abilities.
- Help place applicants into ESL levels, if your school has an ESL program, and determine if there is a place for the student at the school.
Shouldn’t an admission office be the one evaluating an applicant?
Yes! The SEE serves as an indicator like any other test score. The final evaluation is entirely in the hands of the admissions committee because we believe you should decide who is admitted to your school.
Why should I rely on the SEE score?
As an admissions officer, you have the difficult task of deciding whom to add to your school community. The SEE score gives you a quick look at whether a student will be able to manage real-life verbal communication on your campus, in addition to having the language skills needed for the classrooms.
Our scoring process was developed through months of pilot testing with partner schools, as the objective, fair assessment of a student’s communicative English ability is something we take very seriously.
Applicants increasingly excel in the tests of English, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting to pinpoint their strengths and shortcomings in conversation with a native English speaker. The SEE score distills that conversational exchange into a single, holistic score designed to help you qualify your applicants, without needing to go the distance traditionally required in international admissions.