Evaluating Spoken English

Pencil and paper English proficiency exams measure reading, writing and listening abilities, but neglect the fourth and possibly the most important ability in a western classroom — speaking.

To fill this gap, Vericant’s verified video interviews were developed to help admission officers better understand their applicant’s spoken English ability and non-cognitive skills.  The only problem was evaluations were subjective and applicants received little feedback on their abilities.

Realizing our platform could be used to accurately assess English ability, we are adding a formal spoken English evaluation called the Vericant Spoken English Evaluation or SEE (pronounced S. E. E.).

With the SEE, admission officers now have a standardized measurement of applicant’s spoken English abilities and applicants will quickly receive feedback on their spoken English ability.

WATCH: SEE Introduction Video

About the SEE

Vericant’s SEE is a holistic reflection of  how language is used for the social purposes of real-life communication, rather than just the speaker’s technical mastery of  grammar and vocabulary. In other words, the SEE reflects a speaker’s ability to communicate accurately and appropriately in a conversational interview setting.

 

SEE Levels

The SEE ranges from Levels 1-6, with Level 1 reflecting an extremely limited conversational exchange, and Level 6 reflecting the skillful conversational ability of a well-spoken, highly-educated individual.

SEE Levels are based on the SEE Simplified Rubric, developed from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Like the CEFR, our evaluation approaches English speaking with the philosophy of  language as communicative – that is, language is about social communication.

The SEE Score

Vericant’s SEE score reflects an interviewee’s spoken English ability as assessed analytically across five categories: Vocabulary Range, Grammatical Accuracy, Fluency, Conversational Interaction, and Coherence. Scoring is completed by two individual raters extensively trained on the SEE Detailed Rubric. Final SEE Scores are provided to both institutions and applicants to an accuracy of one decimal point (i.e. 4.3 or 2.2).

 

Additional Information

For more information on the SEE, including: how to use the SEE, key features, SEE scoring policies and limitations of the SEE, please download our detailed SEE service description.

If you still have questions about the SEE, they may be already answered in our SEE FAQ.  If not, please contact us.