STAMP Pro Frequently Asked Questions
Avant STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) Pro determines language proficiency in 4 domains (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking,) for testing language proficiency in a professional environment. Avant STAMP Pro is web-based and computer-adaptive, with real-world questions on topics selected to be level-appropriate based on research into topics taught at each level. The questions engage test takers, and because Avant STAMP Pro is adaptive, test takers are able to demonstrate their own actual proficiency level without any pre-set upper limits. Avant STAMP was originally developed by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies, a National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Oregon and funded by the US Department of Education. Avant STAMP Pro has been validated by field testing and expert panels. It is a secure test that requires a proctor during administration.
Avant STAMP Pro is used by professionals in the corporate and government sectors to ensure that their employees can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in their desired target language.
Avant STAMP Pro is available in Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish.
Avant STAMP Pro is not timed. Test takers may pause and resume Avant STAMP Pro at any point. On average, test takers take around 120 minutes to fully complete the assessment. Test takers are not allowed to use pencils and paper during testing. The STAMP pro test is designed to enable test takers to show what they can do with their language in an unrehearsed and spontaneous way in a real-world context.
Reading: 35-40 minutes. Writing: 20-25 minutes. Listening: 35-40 minutes. Speaking: 20-25 minutes.
Reading: approximately 30 multiple choice questions Writing: 3 prompts Listening: approximately 30 multiple choice questions Speaking: 3 prompts
Avant STAMP Pro is computer-adaptive, meaning that the level of question difficulty that a test taker is presented with is based on the number of correct answers they have logged so far in the assessment. The testing engine automatically adapts to each test taker’s level, up or down, as the test progresses. In addition, prompts for the productive skills (Writing and Speaking) are based on the proficiency level attained for the corresponding receptive skills (Reading and Listening). This approach was pioneered at Avant Assessment, the first company to develop commercial-grade, multi-stage, computer-adaptive tests for language learning, beginning in 2001.
All data is accessed via results viewing codes, available at the following levels:
Network-wide – Allows access to Avant STAMP Pro testing results for all testing groups within the network (usually large-sclae testing with multiple locations)
Business/organization-wide – Allows access to Avant STAMP Pro testing results for all testing groups within the single business/organization
Group/sub-organization-wide – Allows access to Avant STAMP Pro testing results for all test takers associated with a specific testing group
Individual Reports – Individual reports show the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking levels attained on the Avant STAMP Pro for each test taker.
Line Item Summary Download – The line item summary download creates a Microsoft Excel file that includes test taker profile information along with the individual’s test results and other test-taking data.
Summary Chart Download – If you prefer to create a different style of chart or graph, the summary chart download makes it easy to create a Microsoft Excel file with the information from the summary charts.
Reading and Listening scores are available as soon as the test taker completes each section. Be sure to refresh the page for updates. Writing and Speaking scores are typically available in under 7 business days. Scores may be available sooner, so be sure to check the test results screen periodically to determine the grading progress. Expedited rating is available upon request.
Reading section / Listening section
- Approximately 15 – 25% of the items a test taker comes across will be refreshed on a yearly basis. For languages with fewer test takers, this percentage will be closer to the lower range, whereas for major languages it will be closer to the upper range.
- As part of the yearly refresh, the position of some items in the test will change, to reduce the amount of exposure of some items in the test.
- Statistical analysis of item and test characteristics will take place yearly, for every test, to ensure the consistent high reliability of the STAMP assessments.
- Given the real-time adaptive nature of the STAMP test (not fixed form), as test takers increase in proficiency year after year they will naturally come across different items as well.
Writing & Speaking sections
- 100% of all prompts in the operational test are refreshed in December of every year. Old prompts are retired and new ones are introduced into operational test.
- Refresh serves to reduce item exposure and ensure that test takers experience different tasks and scenarios each year, thus increasing engagement.
Please see our Assessment Technology Guide for overall system requirements and browser capabilities.
We strongly recommend using USB style headphones that completely cover the ears, blocking out much of the surrounding sound, with built-in microphones. Smaller earbuds or foam headsets that sit on top of the ear will not produce the best results in terms of sound quality.
Please see our Headset Guide for further information.
All of Avant’s tests include a Writing section in which test takers will need to provide typed writing samples. The method for inputting the language sample may differ, depending on the target language for the test.
Please see our Writing Guide for language-specific directions.
For pricing information or to make a purchase, please call our Sales Team at (888) 731-7887 within the United States, or +1 (541) 338-9090 from outside the United States, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact your Account Representative or our Sales Team at: (888) 731-7887 within the United States, or +1 (541) 338-9090 from outside the United States, or submit a Contact Request Form, or email us at email@example.com
We will prepare a price quote for you outlining the details of the purchase arrangement
Sign and return the Price Quote. Once the signed Price Quote has been received, we will email a Set-Up Form to you to organize your testing groups and testing dates
Return the completed Set-up Form to Avant
An Avant Support Representative will use the Set-Up Form information to create testing codes and assist you with preparing your networks and computer labs
Please plan to allow 2 weeks for test code processing whenever possible
Avant has several resources that were designed to help prepare administrators and test takers for the testing experience. A list of STAMP Pro resource guides can be found here
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