English Speaking Test

The English speaking test determines a job candidate’s ability to comprehend the English language, properly structure sentences and phrases, and accurately understand and relay information. The test includes reading and hearing different statements and answering questions about how to best communicate the information within those statements.

Candidates will be presented with audio prompts in which they are encouraged to select the grammatically correct sentence out of a series of grammatically incorrect sentences, and interpret and arrange disorganized statements into one cohesive sentence. Providing the English speaking test to candidates will measure their ability to:

  • Identify clear and accurate ways to orally present ideas and information within a set timeframe.
  • Speak succinctly and ensure that information is conveyed clearly.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to speak succinctly and ensure that information is conveyed correctly

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


A strong English speaking proficiency enables effective verbal communication in the workplace between employees, as well as in interactions with customers, clients, patients, students, and others. What is effective verbal communication? It is the ability to send, receive, and interpret ideas and information in a clear, concise way.   

Gauging a candidate’s English speaking skill can provide insight into how that individual may, or may not, generate success for an organization. An environment that promotes effective communication increases a team’s ability to collaborate well, explain processes and tasks, relay concerns, develop solutions, and achieve conflict resolution.

The English speaking test helps predict a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Increase productivity by understanding tasks and reducing misunderstandings.
  • Clearly communicate safety information to customers and colleagues.
  • Advertise sales and pricing in a clear, concise manner.
  • Verbally summarize complex concepts or data in a relatable, easily understandable way.

Use this English test to quickly and easily screen entry-level or experienced candidates, including administrative assistants, customer service representatives, sales representatives, retail sales associates, servers, teachers, registered nurses, warehouse workers, delivery drivers, or any other individual who will rely on English speaking to communicate with others.


Sample Question 1

Listen to the audio file below:

(AUDIO) Can you help me communicate this information clearly? “Electronics are on sale. All sale items are final.”

Which sentence is the best response?

A: Returns on all sale items are prohibited.
B: All of our electronics are discounted.
C: We are selling electronics that will not be returned.
D: Sales on discounted electronics are final.
E: This is our final sale on electronics.

Sample Question 2

Listen to the audio file below and then choose the grammatically correct sentence.

A: “At 4 PM is late for our meeting.”
B: “Our meeting are later than 4 PM.”
C: “Meeting at 4 PM for us are too late.”
D: “We can meet at 4 PM or later.”
E: “We is available to meet after 4 PM.”


  • Administrative & Customer Support
  • Business Operations & Management
  • Education & Instruction
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Sales & Retail


The English Communication Skills: Verbal Comprehension module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require verbal comprehension skills.