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Award Credit

The Avant SHL Test can be used for awarding credit in Spanish Heritage Language programs making it easy to recognize students for their achievements and verify their language proficiency level.

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Improve Student Outcomes

With accurate course placement and detailed reporting, including a dashboard of demographic data and scores, The Avant SHL Test helps improve student outcomes by ensuring students are placed in appropriate courses.

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Place with Confidence

The Avant SHL Test provides suggested placement levels based on each student’s results making borderline student placement decisions easier and quicker.


The Avant SHL test identifies less proficient students quickly and allows them to exit the test early, while more proficient students take the entire test to gather the data necessary to accurately place them. The Avant SHL Test was developed at the University of Houston by Dr. Marta Fairclough and a team of Spanish heritage language experts and is delivered by Avant through an exclusive license with the University of Houston.

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Three stage adaptive test

The Avant SHL Test is a three stage test with early placement points that allows lower-level speakers to be placed quicker and higher-level speakers to move on to advanced writing and speaking items.


Fast and Easily Accessible Results

The Avant SHL Test Vocabulary, Reading, and Grammar results are available online immediately, and the Writing and Speaking responses are scored by certified raters in 3-5 business days.


Cross-device solutions

All of Avant’s testing products are compatible with most browsers and devices, including iPads (iOS version 12+) and Chromebooks, to give you more flexibility when testing.

About the Avant SHL Test

in Vocabulary, Reading, Contextualized Grammar, Writing and Speaking

Assessing the literacy level of Spanish Heritage Speakers for placement is a critically important, but challenging task for heritage language programs. The online Avant SHL Test quickly and accurately places Spanish heritage speakers into appropriate courses by highlighting each test taker’s strengths and weaknesses in key academic language areas that are unique to Spanish heritage speakers. The Avant SHL Test measures vocabulary, grammar, verb use, spelling, and speaking & writing proficiency in Spanish that is appropriate for the wide range of Spanish spoken in the US.

User Guide Resources

Already testing with the Avant SHL Test? Avant offers all the materials necessary to ensure your testing goes as smoothly as possible, from setting up the technology to viewing your reports.

Pricing & Ordering

Interested in ordering the Avant SHL Test or seeing a price quote? One of our account representatives will be happy to work with you to understand your needs and assure your testing is successful!

“The SHL is an awesome test that provides us with just the sort of information we are looking for to make placement and proficiency decisions here at McMinnville High School. Plus we use it to assess and place 8th grade students who have dual language immersion experience.”
— Mark Hinthorn Assistant Principal, McMinnville High School, McMinnville, OR
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