Important update to the Scoring Criteria for STAMP WS: Effective November 1, 2021, Avant’s scoring criteria that is used to evaluate test taker Writing and Speaking responses has been updated. Please review the Monitor Scoring section for more information.

STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak)
Guides for Testing Coordinators

Monitor Scoring

Important Update to the Scoring Criteria

Effective November 1, 2021, Avant’s scoring criteria that is used to evaluate test taker writing and speaking responses has been updated. 

Based on user feedback and requests to have more detailed information about individual Writing and Speaking responses, Avant has updated its rating process and results reports. Starting November 1, 2021, Avant’s STAMP rubric will be updated with three new features:

Updated Not Ratable (NR) Status

Writing or Speaking sections will have status NR (Not Ratable) if a rater is not able to rate any of the responses in the section. Not Ratable responses are generally due to technology challenges and are flagged as such in the report. This NR status for Writing or Speaking sections does not count against the test taker in the composite score and can be reset at no charge. Resets must be requested within seven (7) business days of the assessment date.

Not Ratable (NR) - Writing or Speaking sections will have status NR (Not Ratable) if a rater is not able to rate any of the responses in the section. Non Ratable responses are generally due to technology challenges and are flagged as such in the report. This NR status for Writing or Speaking sections does not count against the test taker in the composite score and can be reset at no charge.

New Level Zero (0) Score

Writing or Speaking responses will receive a zero (0) score for one of the following reasons, which will be displayed on the report:

  • Non-Target Language
  • Profane Language
  • Violent Language
  • Only One Target Language (TL) Word
  • Gibberish
  • Off Topic Response
  • Describing the Picture
  • Translating the Prompt
  • Suspected Cheating (use of unapproved resources, etc…)

Level Zero (0) scores for Writing and Speaking responses will count toward the section score and will lower the overall composite score. Level Zero (0) scores cannot be reset. A test taker can retake the entire assessment after 90 days of starting the original test. Please refer to Avant’s Test Retake and Reset Policy.

Zero Score (0) - Writing or Speaking responses will receive a zero (0) score for one of the following reasons which will be displayed on the report:

                      • Non-Target Language
                      • Profane Language
                      • Violent Language
                      • Only One Target Language (TL) Word
                      • Gibberish
                      • Off Topic Response
                      • Describing the Picture
                      • Translating the Prompt
                      • Suspected Cheating (use of unapproved resources, etc…)

Level Zero (0) scores for Writing and Speaking responses will count toward the section score and will lower the overall composite score.

Note: STAMP 4Se will have two (2) responses.

New High (H) and Low (L) Score Indicators

This update also introduces High (H), and Low (L) indicators for individual responses. These new indicators will be included in the sidebar of the report. This will assist testing coordinators in better understanding the range of responses that can occur in each sub-level for an individual test taker. These indicators will serve a similar purpose as the Scaled Scores for Reading and Listening and can be used for research and review purposes.

Note: STAMP 4Se will have two (2) responses.

Testing Coordinator's Report will show the following information:

  • Self Evaluation Reading and Listening Sections Scores
  • Writing and Speaking Sections Scores Scores
  • Level Keys
  • Summary Field
  • Test Instances List

Self-Evaluation Reading and Listening Sections Scores

The Avant STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak) language proficiency test is a semi-adaptive test. Test takers will be asked to answer seven self-evaluation questions that best represent their skill/ability level in both the Reading and Listening sections. The self-evaluated reading score is used to determine the level of prompt delivered for the writing section. The same applies for the listening self-evaluation related to the speaking prompts. This allows the language productive sections to be more appropriately leveled for the test taker.

Refer to the STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak) Self-Evaluation Guide for more information regarding the type of questions in this section.

Writing and Speaking Sections​ Scores

The Avant STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak) test Writing and Speaking responses are evaluated by Avant’s Certified Raters using the STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak) Benchmark & Rubric Guide

Writing and Speaking scores are typically available within 10 to 12 business days depending on the language and volume of testing.

Level Keys

Reading and Listening will have Self-Evaluation Levels up to Level 7. Rating for Writing and Speaking is done using Benchmark Levels 1-8. The levels are associated with the benchmark categories of Novice, Intermediate and Advanced as shown in the Level Keys below.

 For more information about these levels please refer to our STAMP WS (formerly WorldSpeak) Benchmark & Rubric Guide.

Updated October 2021
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