STAMP WS Getting Started
Successful delivery of an Avant STAMP WS assessment typically involves people in the following roles:
The Testing Coordinator serves as the primary point of contact and overall coordinator for Avant STAMP WS testing. Responsibilities include:
Work with Avant representatives to outline your testing groups and testing windows
Distribute Test Codes and Passwords to teachers/proctors
Determine how your organization will use the Login Name field (a required field on the Student Login Page) and provide instruction to Teachers and Proctors. Please use the following criteria for Login Name: any combination of letters, numbers, or the following special characters: @, underscore, hyphen, single quote, comma, period/dot, no spaces.
Be familiar with the available Avant STAMP WS user guides including the Avant Assessment Technology Guide
Ensure readiness by working with a Technology Representative
Check with your Technology Representative to determine if sufficient bandwidth is available for the size of your testing groups
Let the Technology Representative know which, if any, character-based languages and keyboard styles need to be activated on the computers that will be used for the Writing section of the test
Determine your testing schedule and make lab arrangements. Laptops in classrooms may be used for testing if lab time is unavailable. Avant will make every attempt to notify users in a timely manner when a program maintenance window will be utilized. Please plan for make-up exams and test completion for test takers who may take longer than expected.
The Technology Representative ensures that computers used for testing meet the technical requirements and have the necessary tools for testing. Responsibilities include:
Be familiar with the Avant Assessment Technology Guide and ensure that requirements are met
Utilize Avant’s Technology Check to ensure testing equipment is functioning properly.
Complete the preparation steps listed in the Avant Assessment Technology Guide, including configuring headsets and activating appropriate character sets, if testing in character-based languages
If a teacher/student/classroom relationship exists, teachers can learn about the test and help test takers do their best by completing the following tasks:
Be familiar with the Avant STAMP WS User Guides and Resources
Distribute the Avant STAMP WS Test Taker Guide to students and discuss it with them
Complete test proctoring preparation prior to testing day
Perform day-of-test duties
Be familiar with the contents of the Avant STAMP WS Test Taker Guide
Practice writing and speaking in your language of study
Avant Support Representative
Provide documentation for Avant STAMP WS Testing Coordinators, Technology Representatives, Teachers, Proctors and Test Takers
Provide email and phone support to Testing Coordinators, Technology Representatives, Teachers and Proctors
Updated September 2017
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