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Avant STAMP 4S Guides
All of Avant’s tests include a Writing section in which test takers will need to provide typed responses. The method for inputting the language response may differ, depending on the target language for the test, and on the operating system the test will be taken on.
The Writing section for these languages will display a character-selection box as shown to the right. Loading keyboards for these languages is not required.
For any accents or special characters not included on the character-selection box, a shortcut key may be available. Various websites have this information – for example: http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html
Test Takers in languages not based on the Latin-alphabet (Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, Mandarin, etc.) will need to switch to the special character-based input system for the Writing section of the test. Instructions for activation of the special input systems are available through your computer's operating system Help option. Search for "language" or "input language" and read the instruction related to adding input language and/or using the Language Bar (Windows) or Menu Bar (macOS) or System Tray (Chrome OS).
Steps required for setting up and typing in languages not based on the Latin-alphabet:
Step 1: Activate the language keyboard in the system
Step 2: Switch from English (or current language) to the desired language
Step 3: Type in the desired language
Avant has also compiled information to assist you in activating language keyboards and input methods in operating system specific guides:
Test takers are allowed to have a printed copy of their keyboard layout or use an on-screen keyboard during the test. We allow this exception to the "no paper" rule as long as test takers do not have access to a pen or pencil to write anything on it. Keyboard layouts and steps to use on-screen keyboards are provided in the operating system specific guides above.
Test Takers may use a Romanized version (such as Pinyin or Romaji) of a character-based language. However, in doing so, the test taker will top-out at the novice-high level. In order to score at the intermediate level or higher, test takers must show ability to use characters.
If your organization is administering the special handwritten option for the Writing section of the test, please refer to the Handwritten Writing Section Guide.
Updated September 2017