Avant Assessment Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodations

The following testing accommodations for Avant’s language assessments are intended to help all individuals access each section of the test successfully. Avant Assessment’s accommodations policy is intended to comply as closely as possible with Federal, State and local accommodations rules. Avant will work with School Districts, Colleges and Universities to gain compliance with regulations under section 508 and other applicable standards and administrative rules.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS USING AVANT’S ASSESSMENTS

This assessment is designed to provide the current proficiency level of a test taker across the Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking modes of communication. Each mode is purposely separated into its own section of the test to isolate and focus on that particular area. The main idea with any accommodation is to accommodate the student without changing the nature or context of the question or helping with their answer or response. The most commonly requested accommodation for the assessment is extra time, which can always be allowed.

SIGHT-IMPAIRED

  • For sections other than the Reading Section, an aide can read any of the English portions of the test and can describe, in English, any accompanying photographs or images. The Reading Section measures a student’s independent reading ability in a target language. Reading the Avant Test Reading Section to a student defeats the purpose of the assessment. If an IEP requires tests be read to students, then reading the Avant Test Reading Section aloud is a local decision.

  • Can increase the zoom level of the screen.

  • Avant Assessment provides audio support in the target language for all Writing and Speaking prompts and tasks.

HEARING-IMPAIRED

  • For areas of the test with verbal instructions, an Aide can communicate any of the English portions of the test and can describe, in English or sign language, any accompanying photograph.

  • Volume control for increased volume.

  • Proctors should plan a time and space for students with hearing disabilities (including those with implants) to complete the listening section of the test with adequate audio configuration through the utilization of amplified external speakers or other audio equipment.

SPEECH-IMPAIRED

  • Test taker may use extra time and may want to use the Speaking section’s “Add to Recording” feature as well as re-record features for the speaking section of the test.

  • Test takers have the ability to skip the Speaking section all together if needed.

DYSLEXIC TEST TAKERS

  • Dyslexic test takers can have an Aide read any of the English portions of the test – but only the English portions.

TEST TIME & BREAKS

  • The most commonly requested accommodation for the assessment is extra time, which can always be allowed for all sections of the test.

  • Avant’s test are not timed, test takers can take as long as necessary to complete each section.

  • Breaks can be taken at any time, most commonly in-between sections.

  • Avant’s tests can be divided into several sessions over as many days as needed.

For accommodations not listed above, please fill out our Accommodations Request Form at the bottom of this page at least 14 days before your test date.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TEST TAKERS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Login, Student Profile & Instructions pages:

  • Any and all translation assistance is allowed for these areas, since they do not contain any elements which would be assessed. The goal is for students to login to the test successfully, complete the Student Profile accurately, and understand the instructions about the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking sections.

Reading & Listening sections (see graphic below):

  • Translation assistance is allowed for the ‘Situation’ and ‘Question’ elements only (see graphic below).

  • Do NOT translate any of the authentic text or authentic audio.

  • Do NOT translate any of the multiple choice answer options.

READING EXAMPLE QUESTION

Learn more about the reading and listening examples for Avant Assessment Language Proficiency Tests.

This graphic frames the item format translation guide directions described in the text above.

Writing & Speaking sections:

  • The Writing and Speaking section prompts are provided in written English with target language audio support.

  • Proctors may read the prompt aloud in English, if needed and explain the overall task.

  • Verbal assistance is allowed for directions, and for the technical aspects of keyboarding or recording their responses and operating the record and playback buttons.

Why are the test questions and instructions in English?

  • First, it is critical to make absolutely sure the reason the student responded correctly or incorrectly is based on the student’s actual comprehension of the authentic text and not the language used in the question. Simply speaking, the English question helps isolate the target language skill being measured.

  • Second, in order to ask an appropriate question that addresses the level of the text the question language level may be far more difficult than the text itself. In other words, the difficulty of the language in the question may prevent the student from responding correctly to an authentic text they actually comprehend.

For accommodations not listed above, please fill out our Accommodations Request Form below at least 14 days before your test date.

Accommodations Request Form

Updated December 2019

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