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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

STAMP Exam

STAndards-Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) Exam

 

** SPRING 2024 **

*** ARE OPEN NOW ***

 

REQUIRED EXAM INFORMATION SESSION SCHEDULED FOR: 

Tuesday, April 2nd from 5:10-6:00pm in ABDF 1002 for in person test takers.

If you are NOT on the WSU-Pullman campus this semester, you will receive a Zoom link for the meeting on April 1, 2024 – only after registering to take the STAMP Exam.  Please save the date for the information session and plan accordingly.

 

DO YOU NEED AN EXCUSED ABSENCE LETTER FOR YOUR CLASS/LAB/JOB TO ATTEND THE STAMP INFORMATION SESSION? 
Please contact Professor Sonia Lopez-Lopez for assistance:  silopez-lopez@wsu.edu.

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  • The STAMP exam for SPRING 2024 will be offered ONLY in person for those students residing in Pullman.  
  • The STAMP exam will be offered proctored/online ONLY if you are NOT on the WSU-Pullman campus for Spring 2024.
  • Please read this page for full details and sign up.

 

CLOSING DATE TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE PROCTORING TO TAKE THE EXAM IS APRIL 5th at 11:59pm

CLOSING DATE TO SIGN UP FOR IN-PERSON TO TAKE THE EXAM IS APRIL 14 AT 11:59PM

 

Avant STAMP (STAndards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) is:
  • an internationally recognized web-based test that assesses language proficiency.
  • Avant STAMP 4S test has four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
  • Avant STAMP 4S test questions are based on real-world, everyday situations.
  • Avant STAMP 4S measures a test taker’s language ability according to Benchmark Levels that are based on ACTFL national standards. Test results will indicate the level of proficiency achieved for each section of the test.
  • The Avant STAMP exam is used by the School of Languages Cultures & Race as a proficiency-level exit exam.

 

* Honors students STAMP Proficiency: If you need to take the STAMP proficiency exam to satisfy the Honors College foreign language requirement of the 204 language level, please contact honors@wsu.edu for scheduling or visit the Honors College website for more information.

If you are an Honors student and are also a language minor or major, you are required to take the STAMP Proficiency exam as a requirement of that minor or major.

* International Business students: Business students that are not a language minor or major — please contact your advisor in the Carson College of Business with questions.  The proficiency of the 204 language level is required.  Business students may take the exam in these four languages: Chinese, French, German or Spanish.

* Foreign Languages Major and Minors:   Foreign Languages major and minor students are required to take the exam at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in the final language course of their major or minor degree program.  If you have already completed your courses last semester, you NEED to complete the requirement and take the exam.

  • WSU requires the assessment of student proficiency at the end of the major and minor degree programs, and the results from these exams are used to improve the quality of our academic programs.

Exam Completion is Required:

  • Students must complete ALL four parts and sections of the exam and ALL four parts and sections must be gradable. If it is noted that the student did not complete all parts and sections of the exam, students will be notified that they are required to retake the exam.

Exam Cost:

  • The current exam cost is $37.90 for remote proctored exams, and $22.90 for in-person exams.  For those who need to take the exam by proctor — please expect to receive an e-mail with instructions to take the exam the week PRIOR to the test date you have chosen to sign up.
 

Languages and Cultures majors and minors:

International Business Students:

 

** NOTES & PROCEDURES FOR Spring 2024  **

 

MANDATORY STAMP EXAM INFORMATION SESSION

  • STAMP Exit Exam Information Session will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:10pm-6:00pm in ABDF 1002.  All students are required to attend.  Please contact Professor Sonia Lopez-Lopez if needed:  silopez-lopez@wsu.edu.

 

STAMP Exit Exam schedule and information for SPRING 2024

  • IMPORTANT REQUIRED PRELIMINARY PREPARATION – only If you are not residing on the WSU-Pullman campus in SPRING 2024 are students allowed to take the exam online/proctored,  Please see this AVANT STAMP Test Taker Guide that lists computer and other requirements for Remote Proctoring, an Overview, and tips for taking the exam.  This site includes several guides, helpful information to make sure your computer is exam-ready, and a practice exam.  Click on the links below:
  • https://avantassessment.com/remote-testing/stamp-4s-remote-test-taker-guide.
  • https://avantassessment.com/sample-tests

 

EXAM DATES SIGN UPChoose one from either PROCTORED or IN-PERSON:

 

CLOSING DATE TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE PROCTORING TO TAKE THE EXAM IS APRIL 5th at 11:59pm

CLOSING DATE TO SIGN UP FOR IN-PERSON TO TAKE THE EXAM IS APRIL 14 AT 11:59PM

  • IN-PERSON:  Tuesday, April 16.  Exam will be administered in Thompson Hall 210 beginning at 4pm. Three hours are allowed (4-7pm).
  • IN-PERSON:  Wednesday, April 17.  Exam will be administered in Thompson Hall 210 beginning at 4pm. Three hours are allowed (4-7pm)
  • IN-PERSON: Thursday, April 18. Exam will be administered in Thompson Hall 210 beginning at 4pm. Three hours are allowed (4-7pm)
  • PROCTORED/ONLINE:  Tuesday, April 16; Wednesday, April 17; Thursday, April 18Times vary*
    • *Students taking the STAMP Exam online will receive instructions and a purchase link on April 7-8 to schedule the test with AVANT.

EXAM LOCATION:

  • PROCTORED = ONLINE.  Although you will be signing up for a date to take the exam, the Avant Registration Link for taking the exam will be provided the week prior to the test, and will be e-mailed to you!
  • IN-PERSON = Thompson Hall 210

EXAM SIGN UPS FOR SPRING 2024

Sign up for:   ONLINE/PROCTORED EXAM 
Sign up for:   IN-PERSON EXAM

 

For more information or assistance, please contact Sonia Lopez-Lopez, silopez-lopez@wsu.edu.


FAQ’s

Do all foreign language majors and minors have to take the exam?

Yes.

I am an Honors student and have already taken the STAMP exam. I am also a language minor/major.  Do I have to take it again?

Yes. You will need to take the exam for your language major or minor degree program. The Honors STAMP exam was for the assessment of the language 204 level requirement for the Honors College, while this exam is for the continuance of advanced language in the minor and major areas.

I am a Business student, and a requirement in my major says I need to take the STAMP exam.

Business students that are NOT a language minor or major, may sign up for the STAMP in any of these four languages:  Chinese, French, German or Spanish.  Business students should check with their Business Advisor on the process of the STAMP requirement as it relates to Business majors.

When am I required to take the exam?

  • The STAMP exam is offered each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Foreign Languages major and minor students are required to take the exam at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in the final language course of their major or minor degree program.
  • Review the Minor and Major checklists:  https://slcr.wsu.edu/foreign-languages-cultures_major/
  • Remember, this exam tests the student’s ability to read, speak and write spontaneously in the language of study, and we like our students to do their best!

How long is the exam?

Students have up to three hours to take the exam.  If you need additional time, please contact Sonia Lopez-Lopez at silopez-lopez@wsu.edu. 

Is the exam graded?

The exam is not letter graded; however – students must complete all of the four components in their entirety.  If any of the components are not completed, students may need to retake the exam.

When will I receive my exam results?

Exam results will be e-mailed individually within 3-4 weeks of having taken the exam.