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This Guide outlines the additional steps needed for administering Avant's Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) with the special handwritten option for the Writing section:
The special handwritten option for the Writing section is pen and paper responses, instead of the conventional keyboarded writing section which is taken online. For more information on the regular keyboarded Writing section, see the Writing Input Guide.
The handwritten option requires the proctor to print the writing prompts for each test taker, distribute to test takers, and then collect and scan the responses to send to Avant. Continue reading for further instructions, followed by a Workflow Diagram of the process.
Proctors can select to print the writing prompts for all test takers who are eligible, or for specific test takers. A color printer is recommended.
Click the "Print Class Writing Prompts" link to print the writing prompts for all eligible test takers. Click on the "Print Prompts" link to print writing prompts for specific test takers. The location of these links is highlighted in the image below.
The top of each printed prompt will have a header section with the test taker’s first name, last name, and login name, as well as the testing group name and a QR code (similar to a bar code). Each prompt will also display an image (or series of images) followed by directions for writing a response.
Proctor distributes the blank writing prompts to test takers, and ensures the following guidelines are followed, and then collects:
After the proctor collects the completed responses from the test takers, they can be scanned and saved to a computer in PDF format. Proctors will also need to submit blank writing prompts from test takers, not just the ones they were able to complete. Avant will send a Writing Submissions Dropbox link along with your Test Set-Up form. To submit your PDF writing responses, go to the link and upload the PDFs there.
Go to the Dropbox link to drag and drop files or click "Choose from computer" to browse for files to submit. You do not need your own Dropbox account.
If an error message is seen or you experience issues uploading files to Dropbox, try the suggestions here or contact Avant Client Support.
Avant transfers the handwritten writing responses from Dropbox to Avant’s grading system, where raters will grade each response. The individual response scores will be used to calculate the Proficiency Level that will appear on the Results page. Writing scores for handwritten writing responses are typically available within 10 to 12 business days (Writing status will display as Test Completed until all responses have been uploaded and scored).
Note: Do not shred any writing response pages until the Results page displays the Writing Proficiency Levels.
Updated September 2017