Safeguarding the Integrity of Avant’s Tests with a Quality Remote Proctoring & Testing Experience

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the ways that testing organizations are delivering and proctoring tests. Avant is deeply committed to the integrity of our tests and the valuable data that they provide to educators and students. That is why we made the decision to continue to require that a trained, impartial human must proctor any remote STAMP or STAMP WS test in real time. We have partnered with a leading company in online proctoring technology and used the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence to upgrade the online proctoring solution that Avant has offered since 2016. We are proud to offer a robust and state-of-the-art proctoring solution that is aligned with the educational goals of those using our assessments rather than a parent-proctored test or the cheaper and less rigorous asynchronous remote proctoring.

Why?

It is really very simple: we need to be sure that the integrity of our test is safeguarded and that the scores are a true representation of students’ actual language proficiency.

The only way to ensure that there is no cheating is for a human proctor to observe each live test session, to be able to engage with a test taker to ask about questionable behaviors, and, in the event that the student is cheating, to be able to shut down the test session.

The only way to ensure that test content is not being copied, stolen, or hacked is to have a human proctor monitoring test taker behavior and the computer operating system in real time.

Avant’s tests are being increasingly used for higher-stakes purposes, such as qualifying for the State or Global Seals of Biliteracy, meeting college graduation language proficiency requirements, or receiving high school credits. “The more meaningful the outcomes, the more stringent the security features needed.” (Jarret Dyer, President, National College Testing Association)

All of us at Avant are passionate about language testing and the integrity of our tests, the scores provided, and the meaning that these scores bring to you. I thank you for your understanding and support as we work to navigate these uncharted waters together.

Best regards,

David Bong

Co-Founder and CEO

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