STAMP WS is Now Recommended for College Placement
STAMP WS assessments have been recommended for placement and/or credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). There are now more than 45 languages eligible. Those seeking credit will have a validated Avant Digital Badge transcript able to be submitted to higher education institutions or employers. Learn more about the ACE recommendations.
Writing and Speaking Response Limits
Test takers will now have up to 2500 characters (400-600 words) for each Writing response and three (3) minutes of recording time for each Speaking response. This update will make the testing experience standard and will help test takers move through the assessment more efficiently.
Armenian, Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i), and Ukrainian STAMP WSe Announced
New STAMP WSe tests for elementary school test takers (grades six and below) in Writing and Speaking are now available in Armenian, Hawaiian, and Ukrainian. The language community expressed a great need to serve dual language immersion populations at elementary schools. We are excited to be able to add these elementary school-level assessments to our growing list of languages for younger learners. Select a language below to try a sample test.
American Sign Language and Latin Assessments Announced
Avant is hard at work developing an American Sign Language (ASL) assessment and a Latin assessment slated to be released in Fall 2022. We’ve received many requests and are thrilled to announce the development! Sign up to be the first to know when one, or both of the assessments are available.
Email Field Added to Profile Page
The STAMP test taker profile page has been updated with an optional email field, based on user feedback. This will not be included for the STAMP 4Se for elementary (Grades K-6) assessments. Adding this field provides an additional test taker verification point. In addition, it can be used for future badge issuing through Credly.
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Spanish Can Now Be Tested in a Monolingual Format
Avant developed the STAMP Monolingual with the same rigorous standards and assessment philosophy as Avant STAMP. Educators may use STAMP Monolingual tests to accurately assess incoming heritage speakers, provide credit for a heritage language, or assess proficiency in a bilingual or multicultural environment.
The Spanish Monolingual assessment provides instructions, questions, and prompts in Spanish. Get a first-hand look with the Spanish Monolingual Sample Test.
Yoruba Language Test Added to STAMP 3S
Yoruba is a West African language and the latest to be added to the STAMP assessment line-up! Similar to Avant’s Swahili test, it will assess Reading, Writing, and Speaking. If you would like to order the test, contact us.
Download Your WorldSpeak Results Before January 29, 2022
In order to provide better functionality and features, we transitioned all WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) assessments to the STAMP platform as of October 7, 2021.Test taker results from the WorldSpeak platform will not be transferred to the STAMP platform. All results must be downloaded before January 29, 2022. After January 29, 2022, access to the WorldSpeak platform will end and logins will no longer work on that site.
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Recently, Avant’s testing platform was affected by the Amazon Web Services outage. We understand that unforeseen outages or system issues may cause interruptions to your testing. That’s why we’ve created a platform status web page to alert you should there be any future issues. You may subscribe to notifications to be alerted as soon as an issue is detected and when it is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Important Update to the STAMP Scoring Criteria
On November 1, 2021, Avant’s STAMP scoring criteria that is used to evaluate test taker writing and speaking responses was updated. These changes did not apply retroactively.
Based on user feedback and requests to have more detailed information about individual Writing and Speaking responses, Avant has updated its rating process and results reports. The Avant STAMP scoring details now has the following three new features:
- Level Zero (0) Score
- Not Ratable (NR) Status
- High (H) and Low (L) Score Indicators
Zomi Language Test Added to STAMP WS
The Zomi language is primarily spoken in Myanmar or India. Since the 1970’s there has been a growing population of Zomis resettling to the U.S. to more freely practice their faith. Tulsa, Oklahoma is now home to the largest Zomi population in the United States. Check out the Zomi sample test.
WorldSpeak has transitioned into the STAMP family!
In order to provide better functionality and features, we have transitioned all our WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) assessments to the STAMP platform on October 7, 2021.
There are changes for those that previously tested on the WorldSpeak platform. Our support team and your account managers are happy to help, should you require assistance.
Any WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) tests started before October 7, 2021 but, were not completed, need to be re-started on the STAMP platform. Tests not completed by this date will need to be re-started on the STAMP platform. Additionally, all test results will need to be downloaded before June 30, 2022.
Avant PLACE Updates to Reporting and CSV Downloads
Avant PLACE reporting and .csv downloads have been updated to streamline processes and create a smoother workflow for our partners. We’ve also combined our PLACE User Guides into one, easy-to-use web guide.