Avant Assessment is a leading global provider of language proficiency assessments in education, business and government. With expertise in linguistics, assessment design, technology and education as our foundation, we develop and deliver effective tools to support personalized learning and improved education outcomes for every learner.
Avant’s assessments are computer-adaptive, meaning that the level of question difficulty that a student is presented with is based on the number of correct answers they have logged so far in the test. The testing engine automatically adapts to each student’s level—up or down—as the test progresses. In addition, prompts for the productive skills (Writing and Speaking) are based on the proficiency level attained for the corresponding receptive skills (Reading and Listening). This approach was pioneered at Avant Assessment, the first company to develop commercial-grade, multi-stage, computer-adaptive tests for language learning, beginning in 2001.
At Avant Assessment, we believe that every learner of any age can successfully communicate and thrive in a diverse world, and that every educator can be confident in guiding their students’ learning through data, observation and evidence.
Avant’s K-16 solutions deliver accurate standards-based data to inform a more efficient, effective learning process and build student and teacher confidence in each student’s real-world proficiency. Easily accessible and engaging, our cloud-based STAMP™ and Placement™ provide valid, reliable language assessment in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Computer-adaptive proficiency assessment helps determine real-world language proficiency and measure progress for World Language learners in elementary school through college, and in business.
Initial measurement of real-world proficiency helps group and appropriately place middle school through college-level World Language learners.
As a global provider of language learning solutions, Avant has the privilege of working across multiple cultures and continents. With custom projects currently underway in the U.S. and throughout the Middle East, Avant believes in maximizing the advantages of our flattening world by embracing the opportunity to do business with and bring quality educational solutions to institutions abroad.
In June 2012, Avant formed a groundbreaking partnership with Qatar Academy, a prestigious International Baccalaureate World School located in Education City, Doha, to create and deliver the first Arabic Language tests designed to measure proficiency across the four domains of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Designed to serve the needs of native Arabic-speaking students at schools in the greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and built to Qatar Academy’s standards for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-10, the tests were administered for the first time in May 2013 to schools located in Qatar and five other gulf region countries.
Since commencing work with Qatar Academy, Avant has also developed relationships with a number of other schools and government agencies that have needs to improve language instruction. We look forward to further work supporting programs in Arabic, English, other languages and other subjects.
Avant's Test Development Services are made up of a global team of over 400 linguists, passage collectors, item writers and assessment experts who produce high quality assessments ─ as evidenced by high first-review acceptance rates from clients. We have completed dozens of government and business contracts for high- and low-level proficiency tests consisting of thousands of test items in over 40 languages.
Known for our work in advanced subject items that substantially improve the consistency, objective accuracy and speed of completion for item content across multiple languages, we are contract-ready and meet the definition of a small business under Language Providers and Technology.