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All students are welcome and encouraged to test, regardless of level! You may also test in more than one language and re-test as frequently as you'd like.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy™ is a national/internationally recognized credential, certifying proficiency in two or more languages, English and your target language (French, Spanish Chinese, Japanese, etc). The Global Seal is a standardized and external measure of language ability.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a serial-numbered Bilingual Credential that you can add to your resume, CV, or LinkedIn profile in the Licenses and Certifications section to stand out in the job market. (See FAQ section for instructions about how to add your Global Seal to your LinkedIn).
DLLC has partnered with the Avant STAMP 4S Proficiency test, one of the most affordable testing options for students to qualify for a Global Seal credential. High scores on the Avant STAMP 4S Proficiency test can qualify you for one of two Global Seal levels: Functional Fluency and Working Fluency.
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You will receive a detailed report of your test results in each skill area with tips on how to level up, areas to improve on, and other useful information. You can also meet with the testing administrator to discuss your scores in more detail. The individual report sample displays benchmark levels in each tested skill as well as a composite score level categories.
There are 2 qualifying award levels available through the Avant test: Functional and Working Fluency. Read more about the Global Seal Award Levels and corresponding Avant Scores.
The DLLC Proficiency Advisor will apply for the Global Seal of Biliteracy on your behalf once coursework information and scores have been received. Your personalized Global Seal of Biliteracy and unique serial-numbered credential will be given to the Avant testing administrator and then shared with you.Questions about Avant proficiency testing or the Global Seal of Biliteracy? Please see the Avant FAQs below. For further questions, please contact testing administrator and proficiency advisor Blythe Milbury-Steen or make an appointment.
The Avant STAMP (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) is an internationally recognized computer-based test of language proficiency. It tests all 4 skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. There are 30 listening and reading comprehension questions and 3 prompts each for writing and speaking.
Test questions are based on real-world, everyday situations and measure your language ability (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced with sub levels of Low, Mid and High) based on national standards set by the American Council for Teaching Foreign Language standards (ACTFL).
Cost: The test costs $37.90 (for all languages except Hebrew) and includes remote proctoring. You decide when and where you'd like to take the test.
Time limit: You have 3 hours to complete the test (the remote proctoring limits testing time). Most students report finishing within 2 hours.
Testing registration is available each semester. Spring 2023 registration will open on March 27. Complete sign-up information will be available then.
After payment, you will receive an email within 1-2 business days describing the next steps. Please register with your UD student email.
You'll need to schedule a testing day/time in advance (it could be
later that day or a future date, but the test will not automatically
start upon completing registration).
be available within 7-9 business days. The DLLC testing administrator
will receive the results and share them with you. You don't need to do
anything to access your results.
For questions about payment/registration, email Amy Bustin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or avantTC@avantassessment.com
To test, you will need to download proctoring software to your computer and smart phone, In case of any technical issues during your test set up or while testing, please contact Avant Support:
email@example.com Phone: 888.713.7887 Support hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. M-F Eastern Time
Selecting a testing time during Avant support hours is recommended, so they would be available to assist you with any difficulties as you experience them.
For the pilot period, the test will not be mandatory at the 200-level. However, it is HIGHLY recommended because:
No, but it will more accurately reflect how your proficiency has improved since the 200 level, AND you may earn a credential. We suggest testing in your first 400 level course in your minor.
Absolutely! Everyone interested is welcome and encouraged to test! Anyone will be able to register for the test online (DLLC makes no profit on test sign ups). The Avant STAMP 4S is much more affordable than the ACTFL OPI, WPT or other well-known proficiency tests and students can take it as often as they want in order to move up to the next proficiency level (e.g. intermediate, advanced, superior).
There are four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
The exam is adaptive, meaning that it adapts the difficulty of questions to each test taker. This helps to accurately ascertain your highest level of proficiency in each skill. There are 30 multiple choice reading and listening comprehension questions and 3 speaking and writing prompts.
You can access a STAMP Avant4S practice tests to help prepare.
Choose your target language from the first set of languages listed (under “Avant STAMP 4S, grade 7-higher education"). Bear in mind that a practice test will not give you a final language proficiency score, but it will give you a sense of what the questions are like.
Early reports indicate 2-3 hours. You take it at your own pace. Computer proctoring will, however, run out at 3 hours and the test needs to be taken in 1 sitting.
Yes. Accommodations such as extended time, additional breaks, etc. are possible. Students rarely need more than 3 hours to complete the test. However, if you think you may need longer, please refer back to the DLLC Avant website section about accommodations.
If you earn a Global Seal, you can easily apply the credential to your LinkedIn profile. You will also receive a certificate. Pending the outcome of the pilot, we will decide whether to build the testing into our curricula via degree audit and whether proficiency levels will appear on transcripts.
Watch the Global Seal YouTube video or follow the directions below.
No, for the pilot period, you would not be required to take it again, but it is strongly encouraged for a few reasons:
You can decide when would be the best time for you to complete it. The choice to open the test in the later half of the semester will allow you to benefit from your current language course.
Sign-up will be available when the test window opens
Avant test scores are typically available within 1-2 weeks (7-10 business days) after testing. The Listening and Reading sections are scored quickly, but it's the production-based skills (Speaking and Writing) that require this additional time. Blythe Milbury-Steen, the UD Avant Testing Administrator, will be able to retrieve and share scores with you by email when they're ready. You'll receive some information about how to interpret your scores, and feedback on whether or not they qualified for a Global Seal of Biliteracy credential (and if not, what you could do to improve!) You will also be invited to meet with Blythe if you'd like to discuss your scores in person.