Hebrew STAMP Reporting Guide

Important Update to the Scoring Criteria

Effective November 1, 2021, Avant’s scoring criteria that is used to evaluate test taker writing and speaking responses has been updated. These changes will not apply retroactively.

Based on user feedback and requests to have more detailed information about individual Writing and Speaking responses, Avant has updated its rating process and results reports. Starting November 1, 2021, Avant’s STAMP rubric will be updated with three new features:

Updated Not Ratable (NR) Status

Writing or Speaking sections will have status NR (Not Ratable) if a rater is not able to rate any of the responses in the section. Not Ratable responses are generally due to technology challenges and are flagged as such in the report. This NR status for Writing or Speaking sections does not count against the test taker in the composite score. Writing and Speaking sections with NR status can be reset at no charge. Resets must be requested within seven (7) business days of the assessment date. Please refer to Avant’s Test Retake and Reset Policy.

IMPORTANT: These changes will not apply retroactively. Status Not Ratable (NR) for Writing and Speaking sections completed before November 1, 2021 will have one of the following reasons:
  • Non-target language – The response is not in the target language.
  • Off-topic – The response does not relate to the item topic.
  • Violent/Profane – The response includes violent or inappropriate language.
  • No speaking – A Speaking response was submitted, but has only background noise or is not understandable.

Not Ratable (NR) - Writing or Speaking sections will have status NR (Not Ratable) if a rater is not able to rate any of the responses in the section. Non Ratable responses are generally due to technology challenges and are flagged as such in the report. This NR status for Writing or Speaking sections does not count against the test taker in the composite score and can be reset at no charge.

New Level Zero (0) Score

Writing or Speaking responses will receive a zero (0) score for one of the following reasons, which will be displayed on the report:

  • Non-Target Language
  • Profane Language
  • Violent Language
  • Only One Target Language (TL) Word
  • Gibberish
  • Off Topic Response
  • Describing the Picture
  • Translating the Prompt
  • Suspected Cheating (use of unapproved resources, etc…)

Level Zero (0) scores for Writing and Speaking responses will count toward the section score and will lower the overall composite score. Level Zero (0) scores cannot be reset. A test taker can retake the entire assessment after 90 days of starting the original test. Please refer to Avant’s Test Retake and Reset Policy.

Zero Score (0) - Writing or Speaking responses will receive a zero (0) score for one of the following reasons which will be displayed on the report:

                      • Non-Target Language
                      • Profane Language
                      • Violent Language
                      • Only One Target Language (TL) Word
                      • Gibberish
                      • Off Topic Response
                      • Describing the Picture
                      • Translating the Prompt
                      • Suspected Cheating (use of unapproved resources, etc…)

Level Zero (0) scores for Writing and Speaking responses will count toward the section score and will lower the overall composite score.

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