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Avant APT User Guides
The APT is a web-based test that assesses Arabic language proficiency. The APT has four sections – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - and the results of this test inform test takers and educators about learning progress and program effectiveness. Test items are based on real-world, everyday situations. APT measures a test taker’s language ability according to Benchmark Levels. Test results will indicate the level of proficiency achieved for each section of the test.
We recommend that test takers read the Proficiency levels and Rubric/Scoring Guide for information about the skills you will need to demonstrate in order to achieve a certain proficiency level. Links to the Guide are provided in Arabic and English.
The APT must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test.
Reading and Listening Sections
The Reading and Listening sections of the test are multiple-choice and computer-adaptive, meaning that each new question is selected based on previous responses. Don’t be frustrated if you encounter a topic or words that are unfamiliar to you. Do your best, and keep in mind that an incorrect answer on an unfamiliar topic is okay and provides the system with valuable information needed for determining proficiency. As your test progresses, you may see easier or more difficult questions based upon your earlier answers. Each test taker will follow a unique path as he/she moves through the test. You will see approximately 30 questions in each of the Reading and Listening sections. The sections take, on average, 45-60 minutes to complete each section. Either section may take longer for test takers who are getting many higher-level test items, which feature longer reading or listening passages. The speed of your Internet connection can also affect the length of the test.
Here are some tips:
Writing and Speaking Sections
The Writing section consists of three test prompts (questions). You will need to switch to an Arabic language input system to type responses in Arabic. When done with your response, click NEXT to submit the response and move onto the next prompt. If you get logged out of the test working on your response, you can log back in with the same credentials to continue where you left off.
Handwritten Writing Section
If the test is being administered with a handwritten Writing section you will use pen and paper for your responses. Ask your Proctor to print off your writing prompts. Responses will be limited to one page for each prompt. There should be no part of the response on the back side of any page and there should be no scribbling in the QR code area, or damage that area in any way. Make your writing easy to read and dark enough for the scanned version to be readable. When done with all the prompts, submit all pages to your proctor.
The Speaking section consists of three test prompts (questions).
For the Speaking Section, click PLAY after recording to verify that the response was recorded properly.
Following these procedures will prevent having a speaking response that cannot be graded. Keep in mind that Avant graders hear exactly what you are able to hear.
To resume a test, log in exactly as you did the first time using the same Test Code, Password and Login Name (all fields are case sensitive). The test should resume at the point where you left off. If you are prompted to enter your name again, you should stop the test by clicking LOGOUT. This indicates that the login information entered is different than originally entered. Try logging in again or contact your test proctor or teacher for assistance.
Updated September 2017