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The Avant PLACE test is a web-based assessment that provides schools with the data to place students into appropriate classes. With results that accurately represent your abilities you will have a better chance of being placed in a class level where you will be successful.
If taking the test off-site, you are responsible for ensuring the readiness of the computer you will be using for the test. Read the Technology Requirements listed on the last pages of this guide and please make sure that the following requirements are met:
The test is not timed, and can be paused and resumed at a later time, if needed. On average, test takers can plan to spend 35-50 minutes taking the test. Do not use outside resources during the test – no pen, paper, other software applications, or support materials.
Your test will include two, three or four skills -depending on the language selected, as follows:
The test starts with a Student Profile page and then a self-evaluation. The test will flow in the following order: Reading/grammar section, Writing section, and Speaking section (minus any sections not included for a specific language).
Hint: After 5 minutes on the same test item, the system will display the following message: “The system will log you out in 5 minutes. If you need additional time, please click here.” Clicking the button will give you an additional five minutes before the message appears again.
For the Speaking Section, click PLAY after recording to verify that the response was recorded properly.
Following these procedures will prevent having a speaking response that cannot be graded. Keep in mind that Avant graders hear exactly what you are able to hear.
You are done with the test when you see the message that says "Test Complete. Please click the Stop Test link to logout." All testing results will be delivered directly to your testing administrator within 3-5 business days of test completion.
For help, contact the organization that is sponsoring your test. Typical issues they can help with include:
The Avant PLACE test does not need to be delivered in a proctored environment. Avant PLACE test takers take the test “on their own” and are responsible for ensuring the readiness of the computers they will be using, with the support of the school/organization that is sponsoring the test.
Due to the large number of possible combinations of different hardware, software, operating systems, browsers, security systems and settings, it is difficult to provide computer configuration support from afar. This document provides information to help you prepare your computer and troubleshoot any problems that you may encounter.
Possible error messages that you may see while viewing the Avant STAMP 4S Sample Test for Speaking or during the Speaking section of the actual Avant PLACE test include:
In nearly all cases, these messages are due to an issue with the computer or network setup. Some suggestions are:
Security settings and configurations are probably the most difficult setup issues to troubleshoot. Your network, hardware and software may have come with presets that you are unaware of and have no experience with. If that is the case, and you don’t have someone locally who can help you, we recommend that, if possible, you complete the Reading and Writing sections of the test on your computer and network, then use a different setup for the Speaking section of the test.
For example, you can try:
Updated July 2016