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Avant STAMP 4Se User Guides
Avant STAMP4Se is computer-adaptive, meaning that the level of question difficulty that a student is presented with is based on the number of correct answers they have logged so far in the assessment. The testing engine automatically adapts to each student's level-up or down-as the test progresses. This approach was pioneered at Avant Assessment, the first company to develop commercial-grade, multi-stage, computer-adaptive tests for language learning, beginning in 2001.
Avant STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) 4Se determines language proficiency in 4 domains (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) for grades 2-6. Avant STAMP 4Se is web-based and computer-adaptive, with real-world questions on topics selected to be level-appropriate based on research into topics taught at each level. The questions engage learners, and because STAMP 4Se is adaptive, students are able to demonstrate their own actual proficiency level without any pre-set upper limits. Avant STAMP 4Se was originally developed as the NOELLA test by a consortium of six state Foreign Language Supervisors, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon and funded by the US Department of Education. Avant STAMP 4Se has been validated by field testing and expert panels. It is a secure test that requires a proctor during administration.
Avant STAMP 4Se helps elementary educators monitor progress and evaluate programs, empowering informed decision-making around staff development and instructional planning. This web-based and computer-adaptive test is used by both Immersion and FLES programs across the nation to engage students while determining their foreign language proficiency and generating meaningful data that indicates how they would perform in the real world.
Avant STAMP 4Se is targeted for learners in grades 2 through 6.
On average, it takes approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes to complete Avant STAMP 4Se. Avant STAMP 4Se is not timed, and students may pause and resume the assessment at any point. Estimated Avant STAMP 4Se completion times by domain:
Reading: 25-35 minutes
Writing: 10 minutes
Listening: 25-30 minutes
Speaking: 10 minutes
Reading: approximately 24 multiple choice questions
Writing: 2 prompts
Listening: approximately 24 multiple choice questions
Speaking: 2 prompts
Reading and Listening scores are available as soon as the test taker completes
each section. Be sure to refresh the page for updates.
Writing and Speaking scores are typically available in 5 to 7 business days. Scores may be available sooner, so check the test results screen periodically to determine the grading progress.
All data are accessed via results viewing accounts, available at the following levels:
Allows access to Avant STAMP 4Se testing results for all testing groups within the organization (usually school district or university)
Allows access to testing results for all testing groups within the sub-organization (usually school or university department)
Allows access to Avant STAMP 4Se testing results for all test takers associated with a specific testing group
Individual Reports - Individual reports show the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking levels attained on the Avant STAMP 4Se for each test taker. The individual reports communicate in clear, direct language what test takers at each level are generally able to do. Each test taker's report has a scoring graphic for each section of the test. This inverted pyramid has a yellow-shaded area that depicts the level attained. For the Writing and Speaking sections, click on the Sample 1 or Sample 2 link to read or hear the test taker's actual response for each specific prompt. This can be done at any time after the response has been submitted. Line Item Summary Download - The line item summary download creates a Microsoft Excel file that includes student profile information along with the individual's test results and other test-taking data. From the Excel spreadsheet, you can create a customized report with the fields you want, and sort it however you would like. Summary Chart Download - In many cases, a screen print of the summary charts on the test results screen will meet your needs for graphical presentation of the summary information. However, if you prefer to create a different style of chart or graph, the summary chart download makes it easy to create a Microsoft Excel file with the information from the summary charts.
Please see our Assessment Technology Guide for more information.
We strongly recommend using headsets that completely cover the ears, blocking out
much of the surrounding sound, with built-in microphones. Smaller earbuds or foam
headsets that sit on top of the ear will not produce the best results in terms
of sound quality.
Please see our Headset Guide for more information.
All of Avant's assessments include a Writing section in which learners will need to
provide typed writing samples. The method for inputting the language sample may
differ, depending on the target language for the test.
Please see our Writing Input Guide for language-specific directions.
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Avant has several resources that were designed to help prepare administrators and
Test Takers for the testing experience.
Please review the STAMP 4Se Assessment Resources.
Our client support specialists are available for immediate testing support and can
be reached via email or phone.
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5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Saturday
Yes! Avant provides onsite or online Professional Development offerings to help
educators and administrators integrate our assessment solutions into curriculum,
learn how to interpret data for program evaluation, and to improve learning outcomes.
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