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  1. Evaluating SpokenLanguage Skills the leading test of spoken language

  2. About Ordinate • The leading provider of technology and services for testing that uses speech. • Founded in 1996 by two Stanford professors • Created the patented Ordinate® Testing System • Wholly-owned subsidiary of Harcourt Assessment • Harcourt Assessment  part of Harcourt, Inc.,  which is part of Reed Elsevier © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  3. Markets and Customers © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  4. Versant Product Overview © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  5. Versant spoken language tests • Recognized leader for testing spoken language • Taken over the phone or on a computer • Automatically scored • Proven to be valid and reliable © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  6. A better option with Versant • Relevant: focuses on SPOKEN language skills – critical to understand communication abilities • Reliable: standardized testing from one location or cycle to the next • Efficient: quick and easy to administer at anytime, from anywhere in the world, scores are available in minutes © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  7. Versant Advantage © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  8. Reliability • Consistency of measurement • Split-half Reliability © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  9. Versant Products © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  10. Versant for Business Tests © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  11. What do our tests measure? Facility in spoken English The ability to understand spoken English on everyday topics and to respond appropriately at a native-like conversational pace in intelligible English © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  12. How does a candidatetake a test? • Candidate calls the Ordinate Testing System • Candidate responds to the test questions or prompts • Responses are sent to the Ordinate scoring system • Ordinate scores the test and makes it available in the web reporting tool © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  13. Test Format Part A: Read sentences Part B: Repeat sentences Part C: Short questions Part D: Sentence builds Part E: Open Questions Note: Test items are computer randomized, so each test is different. © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  14. Sample Score Report SCORE REPORT © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  15. REPORT SIGNAL ANALYSIS SEARCH ALIGNER SCORER SPEECH ASR RESPONSE MODEL SCORING MODEL How do we do it? STATISTICAL OPTIMIZATION 8,000,000+ speech files 800,000 transcriptions 280,000 human grades > 100 languages CANDIDATE NORMING SPEECH REFERENCENORMING SPEECH © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  16. ScoreKeeper: records, reports © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  17. © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  18. © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  19. Employee Selection Screen applicants for jobs that require English to ensure candidates have the business communication skills they need Ensure employees with management potential have the language proficiency to participate in leadership development and move up. Screen more employees in less time, streamlining your recruiting or training processes and reducing assessment costs. Training and Development Assess current language levels and place students into the right level for study. Identify those who need targeted speaking practice or remedial instruction before participating in other programs or classes. Provide a performance-based speaking practice activity within an English training program. Assess students with a progress monitoring or post-training test to measure how much speaking and listening improvement a student has achieved from a language program. Can Versant help Your Group? • If it is important that your employees communicate in English on the job, we can help… © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  20. Versant™ spokenlanguage tests ofEnglish or Spanish To try a test or get more information… © 2007 Ordinate Corporation

  21. Get a Free Sample Test • REGISTER for a free sample test – visit us online to register at www.versanttest.com • Contact iGroup for more information at christine.yeung@igroupnet.com © 2007 Ordinate Corporation