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Test takers receive a score (Benchmark Level) for each section of the test. The Writing and Speaking responses are scored by Avant’s Valid-certified raters who use a Scoring Rubric (a scoring tool that lists the criteria for meeting Benchmark Levels). The rubric outlines in detail what expectations are placed upon the test takers for performance at any given level. Test takers who hope to score at a specific level know the characteristics of the work they must produce to achieve that level.

Benchmark Scale

Scoring is done using Benchmark Levels, which are grouped by major levels (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced). Within each major level are three sub-levels that are aligned to ACTFL's low, mid, and high designations. The Benchmark Levels are 1-8 for Writing and Speaking.

This Benchmark Scale aligns to the ACTFL scale as shown below.


The Avant WorldSpeak Scoring Process for Writing and Speaking Responses

Scoring for the Avant WorldSpeak Writing and Speaking responses is done using the following three-step process and associated rubric.


Overall evaluation of the response to assess for Ratability — is the response on topic and appropriate for the given prompt/ task? If the response is off topic, contains any profanity or includes any menacing or threatening language, the response will be treated as unresponsive or non-ratable and the test taker will receive a “0” score for that task.


Evaluation of each ratable response to determine a Benchmark Level based upon the Text-Type characteristics, followed by rating of Language Control factors (see next page).


The system will then post ratings for each response, which are used to calculate the final score for the domain.

Note: 20% of all test taker scores are rated by a second rater to assist in tracking rater accuracy and reliability.

The same rubric is used for all Speaking and Writing items. Once rated, the average ratings across all Speaking and Writing responses will appear on the summary report page and scores for each response will appear on the detailed score page.

The Avant WorldSpeak Scoring Rubric


Updated February 2017