Avant Assessment STAMP Test Taker Power Up Guide
Test Taker Power Up Guide to Improve Language Proficiency
This guide outlines general skills or abilities at each level and suggest actions that will help test takers to attain higher levels.
Reading and Listening
Strategies for Improving Reading Skills
The following table outlines general skills or abilities with Reading and suggests actions that will help attain higher levels.
Reading is a skill-based activity that requires the ability to:
SKIM (quick observation of the text to look for known vocabulary, general topics and formatting/organization of the text)
SCAN (looking for some specific details inside of the text, answering who, what, when, where, why and how, and using contextual clues)
Read for Deeper Comprehension (understanding main ideas, points of view, author’s purpose and direct facts in the text. Generally, able to comprehend at least 70% of the text or above – “Lexile approach”)
Apply Critical Thinking (reading between the lines and making inferences, based on the author’s implied meaning)
Reading is NOT decoding or translation. Translation is a much more complex and complicated task. Do not translate word for word, but rather, use the skills listed above to initially interact with the texts and identify all that you already know.
Strategies for Improving Listening Skills
The following table outlines general skills or abilities with Listening and suggests actions that will help attain higher levels.
What is Listening?
Listening is a skill based activity that requires the ability to:
Hear input stimulus (audible sound/language)
Identify sounds in terms of words, phrases and sentences or in other words “Language”
Comprehend the language spoken or presented
Writing and Speaking
The following table outline general skills or abilities at each level and suggest actions that will help you attain higher levels at writing and speaking.
(STAMP Level 1)
NOVICE-LOW (STAMP LEVEL 1)
- At this level, I am able to create individual words that have no extended meaning.
- I can share simple words which deal with the prompt/task/ situation, but I tend to struggle to connect those words to create meaning.
DO THESE THINGS TO POWER UP TO NOVICE-MID (STAMP LEVEL 2)
Text Type (Novice-Mid) Phrases:
Work on increasing vocabulary, including verbs that cover a variety of topics that are at the Novice level. These are topics that you generally experience each day in your every-day life: self, home, friends, school, weather, clothing, food, time, pets/animals, etc…
Try to connect different words to a verb to create thoughts and generate simple sentences where possible.
Increase vocabulary connections to verbs. This helps to create more meaning in language production.
(STAMP Level 2)
(STAMP Level 3)
(STAMP Level 4)
(STAMP Level 5)
(STAMP Level 6)
Updated October 2022