Avant PLACE Writing Input Guide

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All of Avant’s tests include a Writing section in which test takers will need to provide writing samples. The method for inputting the language sample may differ, depending on the target language for the test.

Languages with Accents and Special Characters

For writing in languages that are not character-based, but require accents or special characters, the Writing section of each test will display a character-selection box as shown to the right.

For any accents or special characters not included on the character-selection box, a shortcut key may be available. Various websites have this information – for example: http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian

Special letter or character-based input activation is required on computers that test takers will use for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

  • Chinese Simplified – Simplified, PRC, US Keyboard or QuanPin Keyboard
  • Chinese Traditional – Traditional, Taiwan, US Keyboard or New ChangJie Keyboard
  • Arabic – Saudi Arabia, Modern Standard Arabic, US Keyboard
  • Japanese – Japanese or Microsoft IME Keyboard
  • Korean – Korean or Microsoft IME Keyboard
  • Russian – Russian or Cyrillic Keyboard

Test takers should be able to switch to the special input system for the Writing section of the test. Instructions for activation of the special input systems are available through the computer’s operating system Help option. Search for “language” or “input language” and read the instructions related to adding an input language and/or using the Language bar (Windows) or Menu bar (macOS).

Test takers testing in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian are allowed to have a printed copy of their keyboard layout during testing. We allow this exception to the "no paper" rule as long as the test takers do not have access to pen or pencil to write anything on it.

Pinyin or Romaji?

Test Takers may use a Romanized version (such as Pinyin or Romaji) of a character-based language. However, in doing so, the test taker will top-out at the novice-high level. In order to score at the intermediate level or higher, test takers must show ability to use characters.

Updated July 2016

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