STAMP WS Test Taker Guide

What is Avant STAMP WS?

Avant STAMP WS is a web-based test that assesses language proficiency for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) that can be used in the same way as Avant STAMP. Avant STAMP WS assesses two domains – Writing and Speaking, and the results of this test inform test takers and educators about learning progress and program effectiveness. Avant STAMP WS test items are based on real-world, everyday situations. Avant STAMP WS measures a test taker’s language ability according to Benchmark Levels that are based on national standards. Test results will indicate the level of proficiency achieved for each section of the test.

Preparing for the Avant STAMP WS Assessment

Visit the Technology Check page to confirm your computer is configured properly and all technology preparation steps are complete before beginning testing. Take an Avant STAMP sample test to familiarize yourself with the layout of the test and the types of prompts that you can expect. It’s advisable to read the Avant STAMP WS Benchmarks and Rubric Guide if you want information about the skills you need to demonstrate to achieve a certain test level.

Rules for Taking an Avant STAMP WS Assessment

The Avant STAMP WS assessment must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test.

  • No paper, pens, pencils, cell phones, etc. are allowed in the testing area

  • No additional applications (e.g., Word, email, chat) or browser windows are allowed to be open during testing

  • Avant graders review all written and spoken responses and any inappropriate responses (vulgar, violent, etc.) will not be scored and will be reported to your test administrator

Logging in to Avant STAMP WS

  • Your teacher or proctor will provide the URL, Test Code and Password for the Avant STAMP WS login page

  • After entering the Test Code and Password you will see 2 buttons for starting a new test or continuing a test. After clicking on one of the buttons you will be asked to enter your Login Name

    • Start New Test: Click this button when starting a test for the first time. After clicking this button you will be asked to create a Login Name

    • Continue Test: Click this button to resume a test you have already started. You will be asked to re-enter the Login Name you entered when you started the test the first time

  • You will need to enter a Login Name (between 1-25 characters) on the login page. Login Name may contain letters, numbers, and any of the following special characters: @ (at symbol); _ (underscore); – (hyphen); . (period); , (comma); ‘ (single quote). Your teacher or proctor may have suggestions on what to enter in this field but please note that your Login Name cannot be the same as anyone else’s in your testing group

  • Be sure you remember how you entered your Login Name because if you need to resume you will need to use the same Login Name you started the test with previously

  • After you log in, the Student Profile screen will appear where you will need to enter your information into these fields. 

Taking the Avant STAMP WS Assessment

The test starts with a Student Profile page and then a self-evaluation. The test will then flow in the following order: Writing then Speaking. The test will provide helpful instructions at the beginning of each section. Please read the instructions carefully.

Responses to test questions are submitted using the NEXT button, located at the bottom right of the screen. Scroll down, if necessary.

Unless directed otherwise, complete all sections of the test until the Test Complete message appears. 

Writing and Speaking Sections

  • Provide your response using the target language you are being tested in

  • Write or record at your highest possible level

  • Provide all detail requested in the question and enough detail to fully demonstrate your writing or speaking skills

  • Stay on topic

  • Pace yourself

    • Allow sufficient time for all four of your Writing/Speaking items

    • Complete responses for all items are needed to accurately determine your proficiency level

  • In these sections, click NEXT to submit the response and move to the next screen

  • After clicking NEXT, you will not be able to return to the question

Writing Section

The Writing section consists of four test questions.

  • Some languages will include a character box where the appropriate symbols and accented letters are included and can be clicked. No additional action is required to set up a virtual keyboard for these languages.

  • Other languages require that a virtual keyboard is loaded. A standard keyboard will be used to type characters corresponding with the virtual keyboard. (your teacher or test proctor can show you how to do this)

  • To see which languages require loading a virtual keyboard visit the Writing Input Guide. This guide also includes directions for loading the virtual keyboards

  • The test will AUTO-SAVE test taker’s writing every 10 seconds.

  • When done with a test question, click NEXT to save the response and move to the next question or screen

Speaking Section

The Speaking section consists of four test questions.

  • Organize your thoughts before you start to record

  • To record a response, click Begin Recording

  • When done recording, wait two or three seconds, and then click Stop Recording

  • After recording, click Listen to listen to your recording

  • You can then do one of the following:

    • If you want to add to the recording, click the + sign

    • If you want to delete the recording and start over, click one the Trash can

  • Avoid long pauses when you are recording

    • Use the Stop Recording and Begin Recording/+ Sign (Add to Recording) buttons as needed

  • When the recording is complete, click NEXT to save your response and move to the next test question or screen


For the Speaking Section, click Listen after recording to verify that the response was recorded properly.

  • If the response is inaudible or of poor quality, DO NOT CLICK NEXT.

  • You can try recording again, but should contact the test proctor or teacher if there are headset issues, or if a problem persists

  • Never click NEXT to bypass the test item –if the problem cannot be resolved during the current testing session, click STOP TEST (and resume the test after the problem is resolved)

  • If you see the Begin Recording button again after clicking Stop Recording, this is indicating no recording was captured

Following these procedures will prevent having a speaking response that cannot be graded. 

Completing the Avant STAMP WS Assessment

  • If you are not completing the test in one session, follow the instructions from your teacher or proctor about when to click Stop Test

  • You have not completed Avant STAMP WS until you see a screen that says “Test Complete.”

  • If you need to finish the test at another time, plan to do so within 14 days of starting the test (or within the timelines specified by your teacher or proctor).

Resuming the Avant STAMP WS Assessment

To resume a test, click Continue Test after entering the Test Code and Password and re-enter your Login Name exactly as you did the first time. The test should resume at the point where you left off. Contact your test proctor or teacher for assistance if you experience difficulty resuming your test.

Updated September 2019

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