STAMP WS Test Taker Guide

What is Avant STAMP WS?

The Avant STAMP WS language proficiency test is a semi-adaptive test. Test takers are be asked to answer seven self-evaluation questions that best represent their skill/ability level in both the Reading and Listening sections. We use the self-evaluated reading score to determine the level of prompts we deliver for the writing prompts, and the self-evaluated listening score in the same way for the speaking prompts, thus making the productive sections more appropriately leveled for each test taker.

Avant STAMP WS test question and prompts 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.

Prior to Avant STAMP WS assessment, review the information below:

Before the Assessment

During the Assessment

After the Assessment

Before the Assessment

Prepare for the Assessment

Take a Sample Test for the language you are testing to confirm the following:

  • You can record and playback your Speaking response
  • 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
  • Your equipment is configured properly and all technology preparation steps are completed before registering for a remote proctored test

Refer to the Assessment Technology Guide to troubleshoot any issues and make sure your system is properly configured.

Rules for Taking the 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 raters review all written and spoken responses and any inappropriate responses (vulgar, violent, etc.) will not be scored and will be reported to your testing coordinator.

During the Assessment

Login Page
  1. Your teacher or proctor will provide you login information for Avant STAMP WS login page.

2. After entering the Test Code and Password you will see 2 buttons for starting a new test or continuing a test:

  • 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

3. After clicking on one of the buttons you will be asked to enter your Login Name:

Test Taker Login Name
    • Login Name must be between 1-25 characters on the login page.
    • Login Name should be any combination of letters, numbers, or 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 Test Taker Profile screen will appear.  Follow directions from your teacher or proctor for entry into these fields

Profile Page

The profile page is the first screen that appears after the test taker logs in. All test takers are required to create a profile.  It is used to verify the test taker information, gather additional information about the test taker and record information about the test taker’s background with the language being tested.

The only required fields are:

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Test Taker ID

  • Confirm Test Taker ID

Other fields are optional. However, we encourage test takers to use the optional fields. They provide a wealth of information that is used by testing coordinators and teachers.

The following screenshots better show the sections of the Test Taker Profile page.

After Test Takers enter a Login Name and logs in, the Test Taker Profile screen will appear where Test Takers will need to enter First Name, Last Name and Test Taker ID.

Please note that Test Taker ID is different from Login Name. However, Test Takers can use the same combination for both Login Name and Test Taker ID. Some institutions have the Test Takers enter their student ID for one and their school issued email address for the other for data tracking purposes.

After filling out the student profile information the test taker will hit the SUBMIT button and move on to the Dashboard Screen (see below).

Dashboard Page

Like all STAMP tests, Test Takers will enter a Dashboard to begin testing.

  • Self-Evaluation Reading section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Writing Section.
  • Self-Evaluation Listening section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Speaking Section.
  • Writing and Speaking Sections will have 3 prompts each.

Self-Evaluation Reading section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Writing Section.

Writing Section has 3 prompts.

Self-Evaluation Listening section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Speaking Section.

Speaking Section has 3 prompts.

  • 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. 
  • After clicking the NEXT button, you will not be able to return to the question
  • Unless directed otherwise, complete all sections of the test until the Test Complete message appears. 
Self-Evaluation Reading Section
  • Self-Evaluation Reading Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best fits their ability with this skill.
  • Instructions and questions are provided in both English and the testing language.
  • Reading Section must be completed before Writing Section.
Writing Section
  • Writing Section has 3 prompts.

  • Reading Section must be completed before the Writing Section.

  • You can read the prompt’s instructions in English or listen to them in the testing language.

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

  • Click NEXT to submit the response and move to the next screen. After clicking NEXT, you will not be able to return to the prompt.

Test Takers can read the prompt in English or listen in the testing language.

Test Takers will write a response in the answer box.

Test Takers will have 3 prompts to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next prompt. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous prompt once they push the "Next" button.

Writing Section Tips and Strategies:

    • Provide your responses using the testing language.

    • Write at your highest possible level.

    • Provide all detail requested in the prompt and enough detail to fully demonstrate your writing skill.

    • Stay on topic.

    • Allow sufficient time for all three of your Writing prompts.

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

Self-Evaluation Listening Section
  • Self-Evaluation Listening Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best fits their ability with this skill.
  • Instructions and questions are provided in both English and the testing language.
  • Listening Section must be completed before Speaking Section.
Speaking Section
  • Speaking Section has 3 prompts.

  • Listening Section must be completed before Speaking Section.

  • You can read the prompt’s instructions in English or listen to them in the testing language.

  • To record a response, click Begin Recording.

  • When done recording, wait two or three seconds, and then click Stop Recording. If you see the Begin Recording button again after clicking Stop Recording, your recording was not captured.

  • After recording, click Listen to listen to your recording and to verify that the response was recorded properly.

  • 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.

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

  • Click NEXT to save and submit the response and move to the next screen. After clicking NEXT, you will not be able to return to the prompt. Do not click NEXT if the response is inaudible or of poor quality.

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

Test Takers can read the prompt in English or listen in the testing language.

Test Takers record a response using the "Begin Recording" button. After the response is recorded, Test Takers can listen to it, add to the recording using "+" button, or delete and record it again.

Test Takers will have 3 prompts to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next prompt. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous prompt once they push the "Next" button.

Speaking Section Tips and Strategies:

    • Organize your thoughts before you start to record.

    • Provide your responses using the testing language.

    • Record your response at your highest possible level.

    • Provide all detail requested in the prompt and enough detail to fully demonstrate your speaking skill.

    • Stay on topic.

    • Avoid long pauses when you are recording.
    • Allow sufficient time for all three of your Speaking prompts.

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

Completing the 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 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.

After the Assessment

Test results are delivered to the testing administrator after test completion. Test takers should contact their testing administrator to receive test results.

Updated October 2021

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