Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) Proctoring Guide
Following these procedures will help assure the security of the Avant Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) and the validity of each assessment.
Before The APT Begins
Have the test URL, Test Code and Password. Test takers will also need to know how to enter their unique Login Name.
Ensure that headsets are plugged in before the test takers start the test.
Tell the test takers how much time is allowed for this testing session.
The proctor will not give assistance in any way to test takers taking the test other than to provide technical support or procedural directions.
Have a printout of this Arabic Proficiency Test Proctoring Guide handy.
Each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is assessed separately, and can be administered independently.
The test is not timed. You can set your own time limits for the test based on your schedule.
Test takers can start, stop and resume testing at any time.
The productive skills (writing and speaking) must follow the corresponding receptive skills. (Reading must be taken before Writing, and Listening must be taken before Speaking)
Note: If bandwidth is limited, half of the test takers can start with Reading/Writing and the other half with Listening/Speaking (this can also help reduce the noise level)
Rules for Taking an Avant Test
Avant Assessment’s online language proficiency tests must be taken in a proctored environment with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test.
Avant’s test utilizes spontaneous, unrehearsed situations to measure real-world language proficiency. The purpose of this assessment is to measure what you are able to do with the language without support of any translators, reference material (including taking notes during any portion of the assessment) or assistance of any kind.
- The use of dictionaries, textbooks, cell phones, paper, pens, or other support materials (paper-based or electronic). The only time test takers should have access to pens or pencils is if the Writing section is being administered as handwritten.
- Taking or using notes of any kind (digital or handwritten) for any portion of the test, including the speaking and writing sections.
- Writing down a speaking response and reading it as your recorded response. This will lower your score for that response, and it may be scored as a ZERO because it involves the use of paper or reference material.
- Using additional computer or smartphone applications (e.g., Word, email, chat) or having other browser windows open during testing.
- The use of Google Translate or any other translation aid (paper-based or electronic).
- Using copy-paste, printing, screen capture apps/tools, video conferencing, messaging tools, or scanning and taking pictures/videos with your phone.
- Sharing information about questions or prompts on the test with anyone.
- Speaking or corresponding with anyone other than the proctor during the test. Or, receiving any advice or help from anyone during the test.
- Using violent, profane or inappropriate language in your responses. The response will not be rated and will be reported to your test administrator.
To Begin Testing
The proctor will help test takers get logged into the test. Login information can be written on a whiteboard/blackboard, projected on a screen, or given verbally, but the Test Code and Password should never be distributed to test takers on slips of paper.
Ensure that test takers use a supported browser.
Provide test takers with the Arabic Proficiency Test website URL: http://app.avantassessment.com
Provide the testing group’s Arabic Proficiency Test Code and Password.
Give instructions for the Login page and the Create Profile page that appears after logging in.
Three fields are required on the Login page: Test Code, Password and Login Name (all fields are case sensitive)
Login Name refers to an identifier to be used by your organization. Every test taker must have a unique Login Name. The test taker will need to remember their Login Name to resume an “IN PROGRESS” test.
Two fields are required for the Create Profile page: First Name and Last Name.
Specify in what order the test sections should be taken:
Two buttons appear for selecting test sections: Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking.
Reading must be taken before Writing, and Listening must be taken before Speaking.
Note: If bandwidth is limited, half of the test takers can start with Reading/Writing and the other half with Listening/Speaking (this can also help reduce the noise level).
Let the test takers know if they are expected to complete the test in one session; if not, provide instructions about when to stop the test.
The proctor must remain in the testing area throughout testing. Circulate while the testing is taking place to ensure that no cell phones or additional applications (such as Word, email or web browsers) are open or launched during testing. Make sure that no dictionaries, textbooks or other support materials are being used. Test takers should have access to pens or paper only during the Writing section of the test if it is being administered as handwritten.
If a test taker is found to be in violation of any of these regulations, the proctor must immediately log that individual out (by closing the browser with the test), resulting in suspension of testing for that individual. The proctor should record such incidents with a description of the event and the name of the test taker involved, and submit them to the Testing Coordinator, and to Avant Assessment.
During testing, the Proctor should monitor each Test Group’s testing progress to ensure that all of the test takers complete each of the four sections of the assessment. The Proctor (or anyone with the Test Code and Password) can monitor the testing status. Please refer to the APT Reporting Guide for instructions on Accessing Test Results and Testing Status.
If a test taker needs to resume the test due to lost connection (or any other reason), the login information will need to be entered exactly as originally entered. Instruct test takers to click on Continue Test after re-entering the test code and password.
Writing and Speaking Sections
The Speaking prompts are determined by the test taker’s Proficiency Level on the Listening section, and the Writing prompts are determined by the test taker’s Proficiency Level on the Reading section.
The Writing section consists of three prompts. Test takers will have up to 2500 characters (400-600 words) for each Writing response.
Responses need to be in Modern Standard Arabic. Test takers will need to switch to an Arabic language input system to type their responses. For more information on loading the Arabic keyboard see the APT Writing Input Guide.
When test takers are done typing their response, they will click NEXT to submit the response and move to the next prompt. Test takers will not be able to go back after hitting NEXT.
The Speaking section consists of three prompts. Test takers will have three (3) minutes of recording time for each Speaking response.
In the Speaking section, please instruct your test takers to read the prompt (to himself/herself) and then, click the record button to record their response. (On rare occasions, the younger test takers have recorded themselves reading the prompt out loud (instead of responding to the prompt).
Handwritten Writing Section
If administering the Writing section as handwritten, then this part of the test uses pen and paper. After the test taker has completed the Reading section, the teacher/proctor logs into the reporting website (http://apt-report.avantassessment.com) and clicks the Print Writing Prompts button.
Each writing prompt will print only one page, for a total of 3 pages per test taker. There should be no part of the response on the backside of any page and test takers should do no writing or scribbling in the QR code area, or damage that area in any way. Test takers should use a pen that makes their writing easy to read and dark enough for the scanned version to be readable. When done with all prompts, the test takers will submit their pages to the teacher/proctor.
Test taker writing responses will need to be collected, scanned, and submitted to Avant for scoring. For more information on this process see the APT Handwritten Writing Section Guide.
After the Test
After testing is completed, the test proctor or test coordinator may log in to the Avant Login Page to view test results.
Reading and Listening scores are available immediately.
Writing and Speaking scores are typically available from 7 to 10 business days after test completion. Scores may be available sooner, so check the test results screen periodically to determine the rating progress. Click on any score to see additional details or to access Writing and Speaking responses. During busy testing times (March-June), scoring may take longer. Please plan accordingly.
After rating is complete, the proctor or test coordinator may print individual test taker reports or download an Excel file of test results. Do not allow the test takers to access the teacher report page or see other test taker scores.
Updated February 2023