STAMP 4S Guides
Test Taker Guides
The Avant STAMP 4S test must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test. Following the procedures in this guide will help ensure the security of the Avant STAMP 4S test.
Before the Test Begins
Have the Test Codes and Passwords ready (For each testing group there will be a Student Test Code and Password, and a Teacher Test Code and Password.)
Have test takers’ ID numbers available for the required Test Taker ID field on the Student Profile (if you are not using Student ID numbers you must enter at least 1 numeral digit).
When testing in a character-based language, provide test takers with instructions for selecting the input language. For more information, see the Writing Input Guide.
Ensure that test takers are using a supported browser – Please see our Assessment Technology Guide.
Ensure that headsets are plugged in before the test takers start the test.
Inform test takers how much time they have for the testing session.
Direct test takers to read the instructions in each section of the test carefully.
Have a printout of this Avant STAMP 4S Proctoring Guide handy.
In situations where a teacher was not available to prepare test takers, read the Avant STAMP 4S Test Taker Guide and decide if any of the information should be shared with test takers.
Where appropriate, have a list of authorized test takers and/or ask test takers to provide photo ID
Each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is assessed separately, and can be administered independently.
The test is not timed. You can set your own time limits for the test based on your schedule.
Students can start, stop and resume testing at any time.
The productive skills (Writing and Speaking) must follow the corresponding receptive skills. (Reading must be taken before Writing, and Listening must be taken before Speaking).
If test takers are taking the Writing section as a handwritten section, see the Handwritten Writing Section Guide.
Note: If bandwidth is limited, you may want to have half of the test takers start with Reading/Writing and the other half with Listening/Speaking (this can also help reduce the noise level).
Rules for Taking an Avant STAMP 4S Test
The Avant STAMP 4S test must be taken in a proctored environment, with a proctor who is authorized by the organization sponsoring the test.
No dictionaries, text books, cell phones, paper, pens, or other support materials are allowed in testing area during the test.
The only time test takers should have access to pens or pencils is if the Writing section is being administered as handwritten.
No additional applications (e.g., Word, email, chat) or browser windows are allowed to be open during testing.
Avant raters review all written and spoken responses and any inappropriate responses (vulgar, violent, etc.) will not be scored and will be reported to your test administrator.
Confirm your organization’s course of action regarding academic dishonesty.
To Begin Testing
The test proctor should provide test takers with the information below. The information can be written on a whiteboard or projected on a screen. If you decide to distribute this information to test takers on slips of paper, be sure to collect the paper after testing.
The address for the Avant STAMP 4S Test website (app.avantassessment.com/test)
The testing group’s Avant STAMP 4S Test Code
The testing group’s Avant STAMP 4S Password
Instruct test takers to click on start a new test
Guidance for filling in the Login Name field:
Login Name must be unique within the testing group (Do not use the Login Name “student”)
Be sure you remember how you entered your Login Name because if you need to resume you will need to use the same Login Name you started the test with previously.
If a test taker has taken the test previously using the same Test Code, we recommend using the same Login Name, with the number 2 added at the end
Instructions for filling in the Student ID field on the Student Profile
Specify in what order the test sections should be taken:
Reading must be taken before Writing, and Listening must be taken before Speaking.
Instructions for stopping the test at a certain point or directions to continue until the test is complete
During the Test
The proctor must remain in the testing area throughout testing. Circulate while the testing is taking place to ensure that no paper, pens, pencils, cell phones, etc. are being used. Make sure that no additional windows or applications (such as Word, email or web browsers) are open or launched during testing. Make sure that no dictionaries, textbooks or other support materials are being used and to report any academic dishonesty to the Testing Coordinator.
As a proctor, you can assist test takers with logging in, answering their profile questions, selecting the Writing input language (if testing in Arabic, Chinese or Japanese), proper use of their headsets, computer issues, and resuming a test.
Please circulate among the test takers to ensure they are following instructions and progressing smoothly. If there is a time limit for the session, provide occasional reminders of the time remaining and make sure test takers are on track to complete the test in the allotted time.
During the Speaking section, make sure test takers are recording successfully.
You can also use the Teacher Login to monitor the progress of test taking, such as who has finished and who still needs to work on another section of the test.
Do not help with anything that is related to the content of the test items.
If a test taker needs to resume the test due to lost connection (or any other reason), the login information will need to be entered exactly as originally entered. Instruct test takers to click on Continue Test after re-entering the test code and password. Avant STAMP 4S should resume from the point at which the test taker left off. If necessary, the teacher or proctor can use the Teacher Login to look up the test taker's Login Name.
Please login to the Teacher Report Page to monitor test taker logins to ensure that students have completed the test and that they have not created unnecessary duplicate test logins.
After the Test
After testing is completed, the test proctor or test coordinator may log in to the Avant STAMP 4S test reporting website (app.avantassessment.com/login) to view test results. Reading and Listening scores are available immediately. Writing and Speaking scores are available within 7 business days or less after test completion. Results may be available sooner, so check the test results screen periodically to determine the scoring progress.
After scoring is complete, the proctor or test coordinator may print individual test taker reports or download an Excel file of test results. Do not allow the test takers to access the teacher report page or see other test taker scores.
Updated February 2019