The Key to Recruiting and Retaining Top Bilingual Talent
Eliminate the Guesswork: Why Language Proficiency Testing Outshines Subjective Evaluations
In today’s interconnected world, businesses are increasingly seeking bilingual and multilingual talent to navigate global markets and foster seamless communication. While language skills are undoubtedly crucial for these roles, relying on subjective evaluations to assess candidates’ proficiency can lead to costly hiring practices.
The Pitfalls of Subjective Language Assessments
Subjective language assessments, often conducted through informal conversations or interviews, are prone to several pitfalls:
- Inconsistent Standards: Without standardized criteria, evaluations can vary significantly from one interviewer to another, leading to biased and inconsistent assessments.
- Unconscious Biases: Subjective evaluations are susceptible to unconscious biases, where personal preferences or preconceived notions cloud judgment and overlook qualified candidates.
- Limited Scope: Informal conversations may focus on common topics, failing to assess a candidate’s ability to handle complex technical jargon or nuances of cultural communication.
- Language Barrier: For non-native speakers conducting interviews, language barriers can hinder their ability to accurately assess a candidate’s proficiency, leading to misinterpretations and underestimations.
The Power of Language Proficiency Testing with Avant
Language proficiency testing with Avant STAMP Pro and Avant STAMP WS eliminates these pitfalls by providing a standardized, objective, and comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s language skills in 40+ languages. These tests measure a candidate’s ability to:
- Accurately understand spoken and written language
- Use the language in various real-world contexts
- Demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary and use it effectively
- Express themselves smoothly and naturally in conversation
Unlocking Global Talent Success
By incorporating language proficiency testing into your hiring process, you gain a clear and unbiased picture of a candidate’s true language abilities. This empowers you to make informed decisions, ensuring you select individuals who possess the necessary language skills to excel in their roles and contribute to your company’s global success.
In today’s competitive business landscape, language proficiency is no longer a bonus; it’s a necessity. Embrace the power of language proficiency testing and unlock the potential of a multilingual workforce that drives innovation and expands your global reach.
- Real-world content and context for greater confidence in skill demonstration
- All Avant assessments are aligned to internationally recognized standards
- Computer-adaptive assessments that challenge the test taker to showcase their skills
Enhanced Score Reporting
- Visual sub-leveled reports with precise proficiency data
- Specific suggestions for “powering up” to the next level of proficiency for each skill
- Review and export large test-takertest taker groups for deeper analysis of your workforce
Convenient Setup and Fast Results
- Designed for flexibility, Avant language tests are quick and easy to set up
- Delivered online with remote proctoring– no testing centers required
- Standard and incremental billing options
- Reading and Listening results are available online immediately
- Writing and Speaking responses are scored by Avant Certified Raters in 10-12 business days or sooner
Avant STAMP is eligible for the Global Seal of Biliteracy.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a credential that celebrates language skills and expands future opportunities for its recipients. A uniform standard is used to empower awardees to be a valuable asset in multilingual environments.
Earners can place the seal on resumes, social media profiles, and email signatures to boost your company’s credibility in the marketplace
Backed by Research
Recent research on the rating of the Writing and Speaking sections of the Avant STAMP assessments demonstrates how Avant applies rigorous standards and rating quality checks to achieve a high degree of accuracy and reliability across all its language assessments.
Results show that across all levels, the rating of Avant STAMP four-skill and STAMP WS Writing and Speaking responses are highly consistent. The American Council on Education (ACE) has conducted an extensive review of Avant’s rating processes, accuracy and reliability. Based on their review, ACE recommends Avant STAMP for college credit and placement.
For more statistical detail, read the full white paper on the high degree of inter-rater reliability of Avant STAMP Speaking and Writing responses.
Avant STAMP Pro
Avant STAMP Pro is the premier computer-adaptive language proficiency assessment delivered all around the world for more than 20 years.
STAMP Pro tests Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking and is our most comprehensive assessment. This test takes, on average, two (2) hours to complete and is offered in 17 different languages.
Reading and Listening sections are multiple-choice and computer-scored with results available immediately. The Writing and Speaking sections are scored by our expert Avant Certified Raters.
Avant STAMP WS
Avant STAMP WS language proficiency test is a semi-adaptive test. Test takers will be asked to answer seven (7) self-evaluation questions that best represent their skill/ability level in both the Reading and Listening sections.
The self-evaluated Reading score is used to determine the level of prompt delivered for the Writing section. The same applies for the Listening self-evaluation related to the Speaking prompts. This allows the language productive sections to be more appropriately leveled for the test taker.
STAMP WS takes about one (1) hour to complete. The test is fully scored by our expert Avant Certified Raters.