Avant APT User Guides
Following these procedures will help assure the security of the Avant STAMP 4S test and the validity of each assessment.
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)
The APT must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test.
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.
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 students 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.
The Writing section consists of three test prompts (questions). 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.
Responses need to be in Modern Standard Arabic. 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.
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 back side 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 testing is completed, the teacher/proctor or test coordinator may log into the Arabic Proficiency Test reporting website (http://app.avantassessment.com) to view test results.
Proficiency Levels for the Reading and Listening sections are available when the test taker completes the section. Test results for the Writing and Speaking sections are available within 5 to 7 business days of test completion. Handwritten Writing section Proficiency Levels are available within 10 to 12 business days of sending the scanned responses to Dropbox. Test results may be available sooner, so check the Testing Group Status page periodically to determine the grading progress.
After test results are complete, the teacher/proctor or test coordinator may print test results information. Do not allow the test takers to access the teacher report page or see other test taker results.
Updated September 2018