Candidate’s manual – VTEST ENGLISH Listening & Reading

ABOUT VTEST ENGLISH – LISTENING & READING

VTEST ENGLISH is delivered online and uses professional and global communication content to evaluate the English-language proficiency of non-native English speakers, providing proof about candidates’ ability in a real-world business setting. The listening comprehension portion of VTEST ENGLISH uses British, Irish, American and Australian English. The test itself is adaptive, using artificial intelligence based on multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. The test lasts between 15 and 70 minutes, depending on the candidate’s level. The results are provided using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) on an accurate ten-level scale.

PURPOSES OF THE TEST

VTEST ENGLISH measures academic & real-world business skills in an international environment, focusing on the kind of global communication used in professional settings.

The potential uses of VTEST ENGLISH are:

  • Placement in English-language programs requiring proficiency in general and business English, for academic and business purposes
  • Progress monitoring in English-language programs stressing proficiency in business English and global communications
  • Exiting English-language programs by demonstrating proficiency in English listening and reading in a global business environment
  • Admissions to short-term, degree, and international programs
  • Serving as a management tool for hiring, promoting, and positioning employees
  • Offering certification for high-stakes decision-making

 

Vtest English DELIVERY

The exam is web-based. It provides candidates with a great user experience based on the best practices in digital ergonomics and offers a fully responsive interface that enables easy access from computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

 

Vtest English PRESENTATION

VTEST ENGLISH is an adaptive test that uses artificial intelligence. The test lasts between 15 and 70 minutes, depending on the candidate’s level. The questions increase in difficulty to cover CEFR levels A1 to C2. A minimum number of correct answers is required in order to move on to the next level. If this minimum is not reached, the test will stop for the candidate.

For each level, the questions will address:

  • Grammar and Vocabulary – 8 questions per level
  • Reading Comprehension – one text followed by 3 questions
  • Listening – an audio document with 1 to 3 questions per recording

 

Vtest English RESULTS

VTEST ENGLISH is one of the most accurate tests for measuring proficiency in academic, business & international communications and for determining rankings on the 10-level Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The levels range from A1 to C2, and the test provides a breakdown of reading, listening and grammar/ vocabulary skills, as well as feedback dedicated to “points to workon” in the context of learning.

The final result, and the secure score report and official certificate will be sent by email, delivered via your official test center, or visible through your personal webpage after the test ends, using your personal secure code.

 

WELCOME TO THE Vtest English EXAM SECTION

Here you will find a short description of VTEST ENGLISH summarizing the key test topics.

  • VTEST ENGLISH is an adaptive test that uses artificial intelligence.
  • The test lasts between 15 and 70 minutes, depending on the candidate’s level.
  • The questions increase in difficulty to cover the CEFR levels A1 to C2.
  • A minimum number of correct answers is required in order to move on to the next level.

If this minimum is not reached, the test will stop there.

For each level, the questions will address:

  • Grammar and Vocabulary – 8 questions per level
  • Reading Comprehension – one text followed by 3 questions
  • Listening – an audio document with 1 to 3 questions per recording
  • You will have limited time for each activity, and you will see the time progress on the top of the screen.
  • After starting the test, you will not be able to stop until the test

 

Vtest English INSTRUCTION SECTION

In this section, you’ll find the instructions the candidate needs to know before beginning the test.

For versions of VTEST ENGLISH without pause

In this version of VTEST ENGLISH, it is impossible to pause or stop after clicking the START button. If you encounter a problem with your Internet connection, the test will stop. You will be able to come back to the test later by logging in again with your personal secure code. The test will restart in the section where you stopped, but the questions will have changed. You will be able to log in 3 times. At the 4th log in the test will be blocked and you will have to contact the VTEST Center.

 

For versions of the Vtest English with pause

In this version of the VTEST ENGLISH, it is possible to pause the test. This means that you will be able to click on the PAUSE button, if needed. To restart the test, log in again with your personal secure code. The test will restart in the section where you stopped, but the questions will have changed.

 

What if I don’t know the answer to a question?

If you aren’t sure of the answer to a question, please select “I don’t know.” We would like to draw your attention to the fact that wrong answers can penalize your overall score and level.

 

Can I listen to an audio question again?

You can listen to the recording several times per question, as long as the time limit of the activity has not lapsed.

 

When will I get my results?

The final results, and the secure score report and/or official certificate will be sent by email, delivered via your official test center, or visible through your personal webpage using your personal secure code.

 

PERSONAL DATA CONFIRMATION SECTION

In this section, the candidate will be asked to confirm his or her identity and to agree on the data privacy consent.

 

AUDIO CHECK SECTION

Before starting the test, the audio check system will ask the candidate to check that the sound is working for the listening comprehension questions. Please click on the AUDIO PLAY button. If you can hear the sound, click on the I HEAR THE AUDIO SAMPLE button to go to the next page.

If you cannot hear the audio sample, please check your equipment. The problem might lie with your headphones or in the parameters of your device or your web browser settings.

VTEST ENGLISH is compatible with a large variety of web browsers.

 

READY PAGE, PAUSE AND TIME MANAGER

On the “Ready Page,” you will find the START button. Make sure you are ready before clicking!

After you click, the test will begin.

 

PAUSE

Depending on the version assigned to you by your official test center, you will have two possibilities:

  • The test center is not allowing “pause” because of the high stakes of the test = No action necessary.
  • The test center is allowing you “pause” = In this case, you will have access to the PAUSE If you choose to pause the test, you will have to log in again with your secure code.

 

TIME MANAGER AND PAUSE BUTTON

On the top of the pages, you will see the PAUSE button on the right, as well as the time progress bar. Make sure to select your answer and submit it before the time runs out. The bar will turn red for the final 10 seconds. You can scroll, if necessary, to access the SUBMIT button. Nevertheless, the progress bar will stay at the top of the screen.

 

GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY SECTION

The first section of the test will start at the A1 CECR level, with GRAMMAR/VOCABULARY activities.

 

You will have to answer 8 questions

Select the correct answer by ticking the appropriate box and click on the SUBMIT button to access the second question.

On the top of the page, you will see the time progress bar. Make sure to select your answer and submit it before the time runs out. The bar will turn red for the final 10 seconds. You can scroll, if necessary, to access the SUBMIT button. The progress bar will stay at the top of the screen.

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION SECTION

The second section of the test will start at the A1 CECR level, and will include written comprehension activities.

You will be given a text to read, followed by 3 questions.

Select the correct answer by ticking the appropriate box, then click on the SUBMIT button to access the second question. In order to facilitate your work, the text will remain on top, and the second and third question will move up onto the screen.

On the top of the page, you will see the time progress bar. Make sure to select your answer and submit it before the time runs out. The bar will turn red for the last 10 seconds. You can scroll, if necessary, to access the SUBMIT button. The progress bar will stay at the top of the screen.

ORAL COMPREHENSION SECTION

The third section of the test will start at the A1 CECR level, with ORAL COMPREHENSION activities.

 

An audio recording of a dialogue or a single speaker will be played for you, followed by 3 questions

Select the correct answer by ticking the appropriate box, then click on the SUBMIT button to access the second question. In order to facilitate your work, the recording will stay on the top, and the second and third question will move up onto the screen.

You can listen to the recording several times per question, as long as the time of the activity has not lapsed.

On the top of the page, you will see the time progress bar. Make sure to select your answer and submit before the time runs out. The bar will turn red for the last 1O seconds. You can scroll, if necessary, to access the SUBMIT button. The progress bar will stay at the top of the screen.

NEXT LEVEL SECTION OR RESULTS PAGE

Depending on the percentage of correct answers achieved in the first section, the candidate will either move on to the results page or proceed to the next level. Moving on to the next level requires answering 75% of questions correctly.

If you move on to the next level, the questions increase in difficulty to cover CEFR levels A1 to C2.

RESULTS SECTION

When arriving at the end of the test corresponding to the candidates’ level, the test will stop and show the VTEST ENGLISH results page. When the candidate decides to exit this section, it will not be possible to log in to the test again. The secure report and/or official certificate will be sent by email, delivered via your official test center, or visible through your personal webpage after the test ends, using your personal secure code. To access the candidates’ reports, go online at results.vtest.com

BE READY FOR THE TEST DAY

As the VTEST ENGLISH is a web-based online test, it requires the candidate to have a valid internet connection for the duration of the test, either on a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone.

The VTEST ENGLISH provides the candidate with a fully responsive interface, allowing for a pleasant online experience on any type of device. In order to log in, you’ll need your personal secure code. The code can be provided by the official test center by email, or, for onsite testing, on a paper voucher.

A pair of working headphones is needed for the audio sections. A microphone is not necessary for the VTEST ENGLISH – Listening & Reading. To log in, please go online at : www.candidate.vtest.com, enter your personal secure code, and tick the reCAPTCHA checkbox.

 

VTEST ENGLISH CEFR LEVELS

VTEST ENGLISH uses the best language measurement framework in the world: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. VTEST ENGLISH has been designed to be CEFR-native.

While many English language tests provide score correlation with the CEFR to only 6 levels, VTEST ENGLISH offers higher accuracy, providing results across 10 CEFR levels.

This gives students, workers, schools, universities, companies, and language schools more precise information on a candidate’s linguistic strengths and weaknesses.

The VTEST ENGLISH scale starts at A1 and stops at C2.

The ten levels are: A1, A2.1, A2.2, B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2, C1,1, C1.2, C2.

OFFICIAL REPORTS

The Vtest English score report is an official report of the Vtest English

test approved by VTEST. It includes:

  • official test center identification and, if needed, third-party identification, including, for example, the company’s
  • Candidates’ identification, including ID type, ID #, and ID photo, as well as first name, last name, and (if applicable) additional name; the secure verification code; and the URL for score verification
  • Vtest English test information including Vtest English purposes, Vtest English test version, language of the test, date of the test and test duration
  • Vtest English results including Vtest English CEFR general level, listening CEFR level, reading CEFR level, Vtest English CEFR general level descriptor and feedback dedicated to “workon” in the context of

 

Vtest English OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND SCORE REPORT

VTEST ENGLISH official certificate of achievement and score report are approved by VTEST. It includes:

  • VTEST Center identification
  • Candidates’ identification including first name, last name, and (if applicable) additional name; the secure verification code; and the URL for score verification
  • VTEST ENGLISH information including VTEST ENGLISH version, the administration mode, and date of the test
  • VTEST ENGLISH results including VTEST ENGLISH CEFR general level, listening CEFR level, reading CEFR level, VTEST ENGLISH CEFR general level descriptor

VTEST ENGLISH – SECURITY

Security is one of the primary goals of the VTEST team. VTEST has defined key security aspects of VTEST ENGLISH. These include: Making sure the candidate has access to a new test at each session; ensuring that the score and the levels are reliable and valid for each test; ensuring that the identity of the candidate is secure and verified; delivering reports digitally via secured files, time stamping, and secure personal codes.

PERSONAL SECURE CODE

As part of our security protocol, how the candidate accesses the test is critical. The VTEST infrastructure provides a unique personal code to the candidate. For tests without the “pause” option, the code allows one-time access to the test. For tests with “pause,” the code can be used multiple times.

The personal code will also allow the candidate to access the final results and reports through www.results.vtest.com The candidates’ score reports and official certificates are provided using encrypted and secure PDFs and include the secure code and the web address in order to allow a third party to access or verify the scores and reports.

 

MULTI-VERSIONING AND ITEM MIXING

The VTEST ENGLISH uses artificial intelligence for scoring & question management.

The test has been designed to combine and mix multiple versions of itself, making it unique. When a candidate takes the test, the A.I. chooses among different versions of each question. This is a guarantee of test security, making sure a candidate will not be able to retake the test with the same questions.

For score calculation, the algorithm matches the answers, by question, category, and skill set, to the 10 CEFR levels. The algorithm:

  • Can decide to move a candidate on to the next level or, if a minimum of 75% hasn’t been reached, to stop the test.
  • Will increase the difficulty of the questions to cover CEFR levels from A1 to C2
  • Will finalize a general CEFR level and a CEFR level for all comprehensive skills
  • Will give feedback for areas to “point to workon”

SCORE REPORT AND OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE AUTHENTICITY

The VTEST ENGLISH test provides a score report & an official certificate to the candidate.

These reports are proof of a candidate’s language abilities. As such, their authenticity is of critical importance to VTEST. This is why our test reports are provided in secure, inviolable PDFs. In order to maximize the report’s security and validity, VTEST offers 128-bit encryption and a time-stamped certificate.

VTEST ENGLISH – TEST ADMINISTRATION

VTEST ENGLISH can be administered in full online via the personal secure code login, and the personal data confirmation section of the test where the candidate signs and legally declares that he/she is the person who is taking the test.

 

For high-stakes decisions, VTEST recommends that VTEST ENGLISH session be administered by an official VTEST Center according to rigorous guidelines. The first level of verification is the candidate’s Identity. The candidate must bring a valid passport, national ID card, or driver’s license, with a photo. As for the personal secure code, there are two options:

  • The candidate brings the personal secure code he/she received earlier by email to the test center, and the supervisor checks the candidate’s identity during login.
  • The supervisor provides the candidate with the personal secure code at the
  • For high-stakes decisions, there will be no “pause” option in the

Since VTEST ENGLISH is an adaptive test:

  • Candidates can start and finish their test whenever they At the end of their session, they should be sure to leave the exam room quietly
  • Candidates can be seated randomly by the supervisor since different questions will be generated for each test.

VTEST ENGLISH – SUPPORT CENTER

VTEST is working across the world with a network of “VTEST PARTNERS” and “OFFICIAL VTEST CENTERS.” They are the primary point of contact for candidates. If problems arise at login, during the test, or in the score report, please contact your official test center with details of the difficulties.

 

Please visit VTEST Support Center

VTEST ONLINE PROCTORING

For high-stakes decision-making, VTEST ENGLISH can be administered online using a secure process of identity verification and behavior monitoring. This process is called ONLINE PROCTORING.

The online proctoring administration mode is used following requirements by the official Test Center, the company, or the institution requiring VTEST ENGLISH.

Before proceeding with the test, you will need the following

  • Official ID (passport, driver’s license, national ID card)
  • Access to a quiet space with no one else present
  • Between 15-70 minutes of your time, depending on your level
  • A good internet connection or 4G cellular connection, if using your cell phone
  • A device with front-facing camera (tablet, smartphone or computer with microphone
    and speakers)

AUDIO AND VIDEO CHECK

You will be asked to check the audio and the video of your device to ensure compatibility.

DATA PRIVACY CONSENT

Because of the data, online proctoring requires that you are fully aware of the data collection involved and that you agree to share your data. For further information, please consult the VTEST Privacy Policy

On the personal data confirmation page, we detail the data collected, including:

  • Photo of the candidate
  • Photo of a valid ID (national ID card, driver’s license or passport, showing photo of the candidate)
  • Random video
  • Photo taken throughout the duration of the test
  • Web navigation, in order to prevent cheating

At the end of the personal data page, the candidate is asked to provide a signature authorizing data collection. If a signature is not provided, the candidate will be unable to take the exam.

PHOTO OF OFFICIAL ID

The candidate is asked to take a photo of a physical ID. This can be a national ID card, a driver’s license, or a passport. The photo of the candidate on the ID and the official number must be clear and readable. If needed, you may retake the photo before clicking “save.”

PHOTO OF THE CANDIDATE

The candidate is asked to take a photo of himself/herself, showing the face clearly. The photo will be posted on your score report and on the candidate’s result page.

If needed, you can retake the photo multiple times before clicking “save.” You can adjust the photo using the resizing block.

SPECIFIC TEST REQUIREMENTS

In order to guarantee that your VTEST ENGLISH exam test will be delivered and scored, you will be presented with specific requirements that must be met throughout the test.

These requirements are monitored by an AI-powered system, which is able to flag suspicious behavior. These include:

  • Stay in the camera’s field of vision
  • Always face the camera
  • Do not exit full-screen mode
  • Do not use other devices
  • Do not read or write notes
  • Nobody else may be in the room with you
  • Only speak when required
  • Your camera and microphone must be open at all times
  • Do not copy-paste or open another application during the exam

 If you don’t respect these requirements your exam results may not be certified

RANDOM VIDEO FOR IDENTITY CHECK

During the VTEST ENGLISH with proctored administration, the system can display one or many random videos, which pose questions to the candidate. Please make sure to answer the questions accordingly, within the given time frame, making sure your face remains visible.

WHAT ABOUT ONLINE PROCTORING AT VTEST?

During the test, our AI (artificial intelligence) powered engine is:

  • Checking and comparing the various photos, videos, and photo IDs of the candidate, using facial recognition for identity confirmation
  • Watching for suspicious behavior via the photo, video, and web- navigation

If an identity breach or other suspicious behavior is detected, the delivery of the test result is suspended from 1 to 48 hours. This information is displayed on the candidate result page and the official Test Center is informed.

HOW DO WE MANAGE SUSPICIOUS Vtest EnglisH EXAM?

All suspicious VTEST ENGLISH exams must be reviewed by an accredited VTEST supervisor. 1 to 48 hours are necessary to perform the full test review.

The supervisor has access to the photo of the candidate, the video of the candidate, the ID of the candidate, and all the photo and video checks collected during the test (100 to 250) as well as all web-navigation flags that are not compliant with test requirements.

If the suspicion is not confirmed after the supervisor review, we unlock the scoring process, deliver the score and certificates, and inform the candidate and the VTEST Center.

If the suspicion is confirmed, the status of the online proctoring will be changed to: “SECURITY COMPROMISED”. The results, the score report, and the official certificate will be delivered with the following statement:  “SECURITY OF THE EXAMINATION COMPROMISED – SCORES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED BY VTEST”. In addition, the reason is written will be accessible via the score verification platform.

The candidate receives an email and the results platform is update with the following information:

  • Statement about the violation of test security requirements
  • The reasons
  • The deadline for the complaint and the url to access the claim form.

The supervisor documents the decision and keep track of the reason and the record of the evidence for 6 months.

HOW CAN I MAKE A CLAIM IF MY Vtest English IS PLACED ON SUSPICION CONFIRMED?

The candidate has 2 months after the date of the test to fill a claim.

For any claim, VTEST will:

  • Ask another supervisor to reanalyze the proctoring data in order to make sure there is no mistake,
  • Answer the claim by providing the candidate and the VTEST Center with more detailed evidence about the suspicion.

 

HOW DO WE MANAGE PROCTORING DATA RELATED TO GDPR COMPLIANCE?

Governing rules of VTEST GDPR data compliance for online proctoring during VTEST ENGLISH exam have been established in order to respect and protect privacy information, as well to ensure security.

Online proctoring is added to VTEST ENGLISH exam for the sole purpose of securing exam results and only when required by the applicant (an official VTEST Center, a company or an institution requesting the exam).

To know more about GDPR compliance, please visit our Privacy policy page.


 

Candidate information

Before the test, we provide the candidate with the Vtest English candidate’s manual link, which includes all related information about proctoring.

At the beginning of the Vtest English test, you are informed that the test administration is using online proctoring. In addition, we provide you with:

  • A personal data confirmation page and data protection compliance, giving a detailed list of all information captured, and we ask you to agree by signing at the end of the page
  • A set of proctoring requirements, followed by the statement: “ If you don’t respect these requirements, your Vtest English test won’t be scored”

VTEST data protection including third parties

VTEST guarantees the data protection of the VTEST infrastructure using a shared responsibility model with third parties.

The data protection includes:

  • multi-factor authentication
  • SSL/TLS to communicate with our third parties
  • Encryption solutions, along with all default security controls
  • Advanced managed security services which assists in discovering and securing personal data that is stored by VTES

As for proctoring, only VTEST supervisors with dedicated secure identification can access our proctored data analysis cockpit.

VTEST INTERVIEW OPTION

The Vtest INTERVIEW is an optional feature, which the candidate performs after the Vtest English test ends. It is usually required by the official Test Center, a company or a specific institution.

The interview is accessible through the back office of the official Test Center and the candidate’s result page, which is accessible via the secure code of the assessment.

The interview option is composed of:

  • A video interview lasting 1 to 5 minutes
  • A writing activity lasting 5 to 15 minutes

The questions for the video and the writing interview can be either standardized questions, provided by VTEST, or customized questions from the Official Test Center, a company or a specific institution. The duration can be customized as well.

The optional video interview requires that the candidate bring specific, properly equipped devices to the exam.

These include an appropriate headset with microphone and also a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with camera.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL CHECK FOR THE VIDEO

After the audio check section, the candidate will be asked to check that the video is recording properly.

Please make sure that your microphone and your camera are up and running throughout the Vtest English test.

 

INTERVIEW INSTRUCTION PAGE

At the end of the Vtest English test, you will access an interview instruction page. After clicking “start,” you will be sent to the video interview section.

VIDEO INTERVIEW PAGE

First, start by reading the question(s), then click “start” and begin speaking. Click “save” when finished. Please make sure your face stays centered throughout the recording. After clicking “start,” you will see a red button informing you that the recording is working properly. When speaking, you should see a sound wave moving.

For the video interview, you have a minimum time and a maximum time in which to complete your answers. Please make sure you have reached the minimum time limit. After clicking “save,” you will be sent to the writing interview.

 

WRITING INTERVIEW PAGE

First, start by reading the question(s), then start writing your essay and save it when done.

For the writing interview you have a minimum time and a maximum time in which to complete the exercise, as well as a minimum number of characters to enter. Please make sure you’ve reached the minimum character count by checking the counter.

During your writing activity, you will see your video interview to be uploaded.

AFTER THE INTERVIEW OPTION

After the interview ends, you will be sent to the final page of the test.

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