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.
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.
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).
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.