STAMP WS Guides for Testing Coordinators
Avant Assessment’s online language proficiency tests must be taken in a proctored environment with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test. Read about Test Security and Integrity to learn more.
Who can be a proctor?
Acceptable proctors may include school/college educators, hiring managers, and supervisors.
Parents, guardians, relatives, or anyone with whom the test taker has a personal relationship are NOT allowed to be proctors.
The proctor will verify a test taker’s identity and will ensure academic integrity guidelines during language assessments are followed. The use of dictionaries, textbooks, cell phones, paper, pens, or other support materials – paper-based or electronic – are not allowed. Test takers’ responses must be spontaneous. Therefore, they are not allowed to write or type a speaking response and read them as a recorded response.
Proctors must follow the procedures below to help ensure the security and the validity of each assessment.
STAMP is a computer-based assessment and requires the following equipment:
Computer or Laptop
Prior to the beginning of the assessment, complete the following steps:
Determine your testing schedule and make lab arrangements:
Laptops in classrooms may be used for testing if lab time is unavailable. We highly recommend scheduling make-up exams and test completion time for test takers who may need more time than anticipated. Avant will make every attempt to notify users of upcoming scheduled maintenance or other known interruptions to service.
Have the test codes and passwords ready:
For Avant Login Page Users
Prior to the testing, testing coordinator will receive Proctor/Results Logins for each testing group. See Getting Started section. There will be:
- A test taker test code and password to access an assessment
- A teacher test code and password to monitor assessment progress and scoring.
The proctor will provide test takers with the code and password at the beginning of assessment.
For Clever Users
Make sure that all steps for Testing Coordinators and Teachers are completed prior to the beginning of testing. Test takers will log in using Clever login information.
Ensure test takers have their IDs ready:
Take a Sample Test for the language(s) you are testing to confirm the following:
Test takers’ equipment is configured properly and all technology preparation steps are completed before the beginning of assessment. Refer to the Test Taker Technology Guide to troubleshoot any issues and make sure the system is properly configured.
You can type your Writing response in the language you are testing. Refer to our Writing Input Guide to see which languages require special keyboards.
IMPORTANT: If you purchased the handwritten option, please review The Handwritten Writing Guide.
In sample tests test takers will experience how the assessment flows and the types of questions for all levels of difficulty, but test takers will not receive a score at the end and they will not experience the computer-adaptive technology as in the actual test.
IMPORTANT: Sample tests allow test takers to experience these security features:
- The following functions are disabled while taking the test: right-click, back button, copy/paste.
- Off-page clicking is not allowed. The test taker will be logged out and each instance will be tracked in our system. A test taker will need assistance logging back in to the actual test.
Review the Test Taker Guide:
In situations where a teacher is not available to prepare test takers, we recommend reading the Test Taker Guide and sharing it with test takers to reduce issues on the day of testing.
Review the Avant Assessment Testing Accommodations:
Testing accommodations for Avant’s language assessments are intended to help all individuals access each section of the test successfully. Avant Assessment’s accommodations policy is intended to comply as closely as possible with Federal, State and local accommodations rules. Avant will work with school districts, colleges and universities to gain compliance with regulations under section 508 and other applicable standards and administrative rules.