PLACE Frequently Asked Questions

The Avant PLACE language test is an initial measurement of real-world language ability in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Contextualized Grammar used to inform appropriate placement of middle school, high school and college students into the right language courses. The Avant PLACE language test is online, does not need to be proctored, and can be taken by students prior to arriving at the place of instruction.

Educators who need to quickly, easily and accurately place students into the right language courses use the Avant PLACE Test. Educators who need to have access to students’ scored Writing and Speaking responses prefer to use Avant PLACE.

Avant PLACE is designed for learners in grade 6 through University.

The Avant PLACE language test is available in 3 different formats depending on which language skills you would like to focus on. For those looking for a complete assessment of all skills, Option A tests Reading, Contextualized Grammar, Writing, and Speaking, all scored by Avant. For those looking for a quicker and more affordable assessment we offer Option B & C. Option B includes Reading, Contextualized Grammar and Writing scored by Avant and no Speaking section eliminating the need for headset and recording technology. For those who need immediate results, Option C includes Reading and Contextualized Grammar scored by Avant and an un-scored Writing section that can be referenced in difficult placement decisions.

  • Option A tests Reading, Contextualized Grammar, Writing, and Speaking, all scored by Avant
  • Option B tests Reading, Contextualized Grammar and Writing, scored by Avant
  • Option C tests Reading and Contextualized Grammar, scored by Avant and an un-scored Writing section

Avant PLACE is not a timed test. On average, it takes about 40 minutes to complete Option A, which includes all skills.

The Avant PLACE language test is online, does not need to be proctored, and can be taken by students prior to arriving at the place of instruction. If desired, Avant PLACE can be administered in a proctored environment at the school language lab or classroom.

  • Avant PLACE assesses Reading, Writing and Speaking in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Simplified & Traditional), and Spanish
  • Avant PLACE assesses Writing and Speaking in Arabic
  • Avant PLACE assesses Contextualized Grammar in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

The Avant PLACE language test provides access to students’ scored Writing and Speaking responses, giving educators the ability to use that information to better inform the placement decisions.

For the Avant PLACE language tests that include a writing section (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish), learners will need to provide typed writing samples. The method for entering writing responses for languages with accents and special characters may differ depending on the target language of the test.

Please see our Writing Input Guide for language-specific directions.

The Avant PLACE suggested placement levels for Option A & B are available within 3-5 business days after the completion of the Avant PLACE test. The Avant PLACE suggested placement level for Option C are available immediately upon completion of the test. Suggested placement levels are provided to administrators through online Results Viewing Accounts. Writing and Speaking responses can be viewed to further inform your placement decisions.

  • Go to app.avantassessment.com/test
  • Enter the PLACE Teacher Test Code provided by Avant Assessment
  • Enter the PLACE Teacher Password provided by Avant Assessment
  • Select Location Results By Student

Please see our Avant PLACE Reporting Guide for a complete description and examples of the available reports. Results are provided in the form of suggested course placement levels and detailed individual demographic information.

Avant has several resources that were designed to help prepare teachers, test administrators, and test takers for the testing experience that can be found in our User Guides.

Avant provides a general guide that outlines suggested course levels for students based upon their overall scores from the Avant PLACE language test. Avant realizes that each language program functions differently, and that the needs of each institution may require a more in-depth data analysis. Consulting is available to help you establish custom placement guidelines specific to your program. Contact Avant Assessment to set up your custom placement guidelines.

Please see our Assessment Technology Guide for overall system requirements and browser capabilities.

For pricing information or to make a purchase, please contact an Avant Representative at sales@avantassessment.com or tel (888) 731-7887 within the United States, or +1 (541) 338-9090 from outside the United States.

Contact your Account Manager or our Sales Team at sales@avantassessment.com, or submit a Contact Request Form, or tel (888) 731-7887 within the United States or +1 (541) 338-9090 from outside the United States.

Yes! Avant’s support specialists are available for immediate testing support for teachers and administrators and can be reached via email or phone. Students who seek help should contact their institution.

Email: support@avantassessment.com Phone: (888) 713-7887

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