The Vericant Interview consists of a proctored writing sample and a face-to-face video interview. It provides US 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.

1. 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 after selecting one of three randomly assigned essay question prompts. Graduate program applicants are given only two prompts to choose from.

Writing tests are handwritten and our testing facilities do 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 may write an outline or draft on the back of the third writing sample page; however only writing on the lined side of Vericant’s writing sample will be shared with institutions.

2. Video Interview

Vericant’s video interview is the best platform for applicants to shine. Interviews are conducted in-person with a native English speaker.  Interviews are 10-12 minutes in length and are recorded so admission officers may watch the interview.

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

  • 1-2 minutes :  Warm-up question
  • 2-4 minutes : Two picture comparison
  • 4-7 minutes : In-depth questions
  • 8-10 minutes : Question and answer in Mandarin Chinese (only for applicants whose native language is Mandarin and who’re applying to boarding schools)
  • 10-12 minutes : One minute free speech period (optional)


3. Spoken English Evaluation (SEE)

After the interview, Vericant’s evaluation team watches and scores the recorded interview according to our SEE rubric. Within 10 working days, Vericant sends the writing sample, video interview, and SEE score to the institutions which the applicant has chosen. Applicants will not receive a copy of their video or writing sample, but 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.