American Council on Education (ACE) Recommends
STAMP, APT for College Credit

Avant STAMP 4S, STAMP WS, and Arabic Proficiency Test Approved

Avant’s most popular online adaptive language proficiency assessment, the STAndards-Based Measurement of Proficiency has been recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

  • STAMP 4S (four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) includes 14 approved languages, including STAMP Monolingual for Spanish.
  • STAMP WS (two skills of Writing and Speaking for less commonly tested languages) includes 26 languages.
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Select a language to view a STAMP 4S sample test:

Select a language to view a STAMP WS sample test:

 

Avant’s Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) is also approved for Arabic speakers in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. All of these tests are appropriate for language learners ages 13 through adult. View the sample test below. 

ACE Credit Recommendations

Proficiency Level ACE Credit Recommendation
Novice-High

(STAMP Level 3)

4
Intermediate-Low

(STAMP Level 4)

6
Intermediate-Mid

(STAMP Level 5)

8
Intermediate-High

(STAMP Level 6)

12
Advanced-Low

(STAMP Level 7)

14
Advanced-Mid

(STAMP Level 8)

16
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“It is evident that tremendous effort has been afforded to ensure the application of sound assessment principles; and to include consideration for and attention to equity, fairness, and adequate accommodation factors.”

American Council on Education final review report of STAMP 4S

“The adaptive nature of the STAMP 4S test provides a unique opportunity for test takers to understand their real-world proficiency and enables foreign language instructional programs to evaluate the efficacy of their offerings.”

American Council on Education final review report of STAMP 4S

What is ACE and what does their recommendation mean?

The American Council on Education, or ACE, is a higher education membership organization that advocates for effective public policy and fosters innovative, high-quality practice.  Like Avant, ACE strives to improve equity, expand access to higher education, and promote diversity in institutional settings. 

ACE believes that quality education and training can come from a variety of sources including those through credentialing exams, employers, independent online providers, and apprenticeships. The ACE recommendation for credit or endorsement is awarded only after an extensive review for college credit equivalencies and workplace competencies. ACE is the same educational body that has provided credit recommendations to institutions of higher education for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, Cambridge Assessments, and ACT subject tests. 

Individuals attaining at least a Novice-High level are eligible to receive a score-verified badge through Credly, ACE’s badging partner. The designation may be submitted to universities to request credit and/or advanced placement, added to resumes, social media profiles, and provided to employers as proof of proficiency.

Complementing Higher Education World Language Programs

Accepting ACE-approved STAMP and APT test scores and their corresponding Credly badges is a pathway to many benefits for your university or college: 

  • Increase enrollments in Language Specific Programs and majors, as learners can enter into upper-level courses. 
  • Accelerate learner growth from accurate placement in higher education programs. 
  • Build a bridge between high school and college language programs to aid in recruitment efforts. 
  • Leverage ACE credit for homeschooled student recruitment.
  • Increase access and equity for college entrants!

Verification process information will be released in the coming months. about preparing for applicants and recommended credit equivalents. 

Bridging K-12 to College Language Programs

World language skills are more valuable than ever in an increasingly globalized world with expanding opportunities for bilingual and multilingual candidates. Show young learners the path to: 

  • Learners have multiple opportunities to apply for college credit with both STAMP and AP tests. 
  • Increased opportunities for study abroad. 
  • Greater access and equity to higher education.
  • Internships with global companies.
  • Higher salaries in the workforce.

Verification process information will be released in the coming months. Districts/schools, as well as individuals, may test with Avant STAMP and earn the corresponding Credly badge upon submittal and verification of testing scores. 

Individual Language Learners Stand Out with STAMP

Capture attention on a resume, C.V., or college application! Individual learners can test directly with Avant STAMP and our AvantProctor online remote proctoring solution to take advantage of this credit-potential opportunity for a fraction of the cost of college- or university-level language courses. 

Leverage skills already acquired, turbocharge learning.

When you can demonstrate language proficiency in a second language, you are freed to enter higher-level courses, unlocking potential for college majors, minors, or even starting third or fourth language acquisition. Save time and money by getting to the outcomes you’re looking for, faster! 

Employers around the world are looking for candidates with language credentials and they’re paying higher wages for it too. Once you’ve taken an Avant STAMP assessment and earned at least a Novice-High score, the corresponding Credly badge starts to work for you. 

Want to really show off your skills? 

Individuals who earn at least an Intermediate-Mid score are eligible for a Global Seal of Biliteracy– a universal credential with the impact to demonstrate to current and future employers the language proficiency obtained. 

The Global Seal of Biliteracy is not affiliated with ACE and requires a separate application process resulting in a unique serial-numbered credential. Earners are free to add the credential to social media profiles, resumes, or other useful channels. 

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