Introduction to the Vericant Interview

The Vericant Interview consists of a proctored writing sample, a face-to-face video interview, and an SEE score. It provides U.S. and Canadian schools with a more true and direct method for quickly assessing applicants’ English communication skills and personality. For applicants, the Vericant Interview is a fast, comprehensive, and intuitive way for them to show admissions officers who they truly are.

Writing Sample

Vericant’s writing test is designed to showcase an applicant’s academic writing ability. Each applicant has 30 minutes to complete the essay. Applicants will get to choose one of two (Undergraduate and Graduate level applicants) or three (High School level applicants) randomly assigned essay question prompts to answer. 

Writing tests are handwritten and our testing facilities may not have clocks. The proctor responsible for overseeing the writing test will notify the applicant when five minutes remain in the writing session. Applicants must bring their own watch if they wish to monitor their time. Applicants will not be allowed to bring any electronics into the writing sample with them. 

Applicants may write an outline or draft on the back of the writing sample page; however only writing on the lined side of Vericant’s writing sample will be shared with institutions.

Video Interview

Vericant’s video interview is the best platform for applicants to shine. Interviews are conducted in-person with a native English speaker. High school and undergraduate level interviews are 10-12 minutes in length, while graduate level interviews are 12-14 minutes in length to account for a greater range of experiences.  All are recorded so admission officers may watch the interview at their convenience. 

Vericant’s video interview is divided into the following five sections: 

  • 1-2 minutes : Introduction and Warm-up question
  • 2-4 minutes : Picture description and discussion *
  • 4-7 minutes : In-depth questions
  • 8-10 minutes: Final question about academic interests (undergraduate and graduate level interviews) or
  • 8-10 minutes : Question and answer in Mandarin (only for applicants who are applying to the high school level from China)
  • 10-12 minutes : Two minute free speech (optional)

* Please note: In graduate level interviews, the in-depth questions occur before the picture section to account for deeper, more complicated topics that may take longer to explain.

Spoken English Evaluation

After the interview, Vericant’s evaluation team watches and scores the recorded interview according to our SEE rubric. Within 10 working days (5 for deluxe package), Vericant sends the writing sample, video interview, and SEE score to the institution(s) which the applicant has chosen. Applicants will not receive a copy of their video or writing sample, but he or she will receive an SEE report including their SEE score. 

Note: Vericant Partner Institutions often send Vericant a student list of the applicants they would like to have interviewed.  Applicants should reserve a Vericant Interview as soon as they’re notified, so Vericant Partner Institutions may view the applicant’s video, writing sample and SEE score as soon as possible.

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