Hebrew STAMP Proctoring Guide

The Avant STAMP Hebrew test must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test. Following the procedures in this guide will help ensure the security of the Avant STAMP Hebrew test.

 

Before The Test Begins

  • Have the Test Codes and Passwords ready (For each testing group there will be a Student Test Code and Password, and a Teacher Test Code and Password.)

  • Have test takers’ ID numbers available for the required Test Taker ID field on the test taker profile (if you are not using Student ID numbers you must enter at least 1 numeral digit).

  • Hebrew requires that a virtual keyboard is activated, see Writing Input Guide.

  • Ensure that test takers are using a supported browser – Please see our Assessment Technology Guide.

  • Ensure that headsets are plugged in before the test takers start the test.

  • Inform test takers how much time they have for the testing session.

  • Direct test takers to read the instructions in each section of the test carefully.

  • Have a printout of this Avant STAMP Hebrew Proctoring Guide handy.

  • In situations where a teacher was not available to prepare test takers, read the Avant STAMP Hebrew Test Taker Guide and decide if any of the information should be shared with test takers.

Test Logistics

  • 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).

  • If test takers are taking the Writing section as a handwritten section, see the Handwritten Writing Section Guide.

Note: If bandwidth is limited, you may want to have half of the test takers 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. To protect the integrity and security of our tests, the proctor cannot be a parent, guardian, or relative.

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 following is NOT ALLOWED during the assessment.
  1. 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.
  2. Taking or using notes of any kind (digital or handwritten) for any portion of the test, including the speaking and writing sections.
  3. 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.
  4. Using additional computer or smartphone applications (e.g., Word, email, chat) or having other browser windows open during testing.
  5. The use of Google Translate or any other translation aid (paper-based or electronic).
  6. Using copy-paste, printing, screen capture apps/tools, video conferencing, messaging tools, or scanning and taking pictures/videos with your phone.
  7. Sharing information about questions or prompts on the test with anyone.
  8. Speaking or corresponding with anyone other than the proctor during the test. Or, receiving any advice or help from anyone during the test.
  9. Using violent, profane or inappropriate language in your responses. This will lower your score for that response and it will be scored as a ZERO. 

Violating any of these rules may invalidate your assessment results. We recommend also referring to your organization’s policy on academic dishonesty.

To Begin Testing

The test proctor should provide test takers with the information below. The information can be written on a whiteboard or projected on a screen. If you decide to distribute this information to test takers on slips of paper, be sure to collect the paper after testing.

  • Ensure that test takers use a supported browser

  • Provide test takers with the Avant STAMP for Hebrew Test website URL: https://app.avantassessment.com/test

  • Provide the testing group’s Avant STAMP for Hebrew Test Code and Password

  • Instruct test takers to click on start a new test

  • Guidance for filling in the Login Name field:

    • Login Name must be unique within the testing group (Do not use the Login Name “student”)

    • Be sure you remember how you entered your Login Name because if you need to resume you will need to use the same Login Name you started the test with previously.

    • If a test taker has taken the test previously using the same Test Code, we recommend using the same Login Name, with the number 2 added at the end

  • Specify in what order the test sections should be taken:

    • Reading must be taken before Writing, and Listening must be taken before Speaking

  • Instructions for stopping the test at a certain point or directions to continue until the test is complete

During Testing

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 and to report any academic dishonesty to the Testing Coordinator.

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 can monitor real-time testing activity by looking at the testing status in the Results Viewing account. Please refer to the Avant STAMP for Hebrew Reporting Guide for instructions on accessing test results and checking testing status.

If a test taker needs to resume the test for any 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 test will resume from the point at which the test taker left off. If necessary, the teacher or proctor can use the Teacher Login to look up the test taker’s Login Name.

Writing and Speaking Prompts

  1. 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.

  2. Test takers will receive 3 Writing and 3 Speaking prompts.

  3. 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).

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 April 2022

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