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Student Process Guide

Step 1: Preparation

  • Take a sample test

  • Review the benchmark and rubric guide to understand how the Avant STAMP test is scored.

  • Practice speaking/listening with peers/other speakers

  • The Avant STAMP test will be different than other language tests you’ve taken, and it may be more difficult. That’s okay! The STAMP test measures your real world proficiency; what can you do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context. This means the test will ask you questions that you may have never answered in your language class.

  • The Avant STAMP test is computer adaptive. This means that based on how well you do in certain sections, the questions will be harder or easier than before. So if the test seems too easy/hard at first, it won’t be like that the whole test.

  • Why does this test matter to you? The Avant STAMP test measures real world proficiency instead of memorizing vocabulary words and conjugations. So you can see how you can actually apply what you know to the real world! Testing with Avant can also give you credit for college, let you earn your State Seal of Biliteracy or the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

Step 2: Pre-Test

  • Check with your proctor or testing coordinator for things you need to know before you test (when and where is the test? do I need to bring ID? etc.)

  • Be sure to eat a healthy meal before you test!

  • Review the Avant STAMP 4S Test Taker Guide

  • What are the rules during the Avant STAMP test?

    • No paper, pens, pencils, cell phones, etc. are allowed in the testing area

    • No additional applications (e.g., Word, email, chat) or browser windows are allowed to be open during testing

    • Avant graders review all written and spoken responses and any inappropriate responses (vulgar, violent, etc.) will not be scored and will be reported to your test administrator

Step 3: Testing

  • Make sure to follow the login name rules set by proctor and to remember your login for future

  • On average, students take around 120 minutes to fully complete the assessment.

    • Reading: 35-40 minutes

    • Writing: 20-25 minutes 

    • Listening: 35-40 minutes 

    • Speaking: 20-25 minutes

  • If the test is not working as it should at any point, stop testing and report it to your proctor

  • Be sure to stay on task

Step 4: Post-Test

  • When you have completed all four sections, the dashboard will display a green and full completion bar at the bottom of each section and will ask you to log out

  • Check with your proctor to see if there are any additional steps needed

  • Now it’s time to sit back and relax, you’re done!

Step 5: Results

  • You will not be able to access your own results. Your teacher/proctor will be in charge of giving out results once they are graded

  • Provide level-up guide to use with results (once available)