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AVANT ASSESSMENT

Enabling Fluency & Growth

We helped Avant Assessment strengthen its language testing products from both the bottom up and the top down

What

  • UX/UI Design
  • Web & Server Development
  • Charts & Visualizations

Specialties

  • React
  • Java & Kotlin
  • Spring Boot
  • Cloud Migration with AWS

Where

  • Web (US & International)
Gray and black computer monitor showing score screen from the Avant Assessment online language testing platform.
Open laptop showing admin user screen from Avant Assessment online language testing platform.

Product Background

A new chapter in online language testing

Avant Assessment, developers of the first internationally recognized online language testing standard (STAMP), tapped into a massive demand for their services and quickly moved to expand the variety and capacity of their products. They earned the trust of educators, employers, and government agencies across the world, but unfortunately, their rapid growth outpaced their technological infrastructure.

Avant Assessment asked Twenty Ideas to restructure and redesign its fragmented network of products that was hard to manage and clunky to use. We modernized its product suite to allow this valuable evaluation platform to survive and thrive.

Objective

Realigned for the road ahead

Streamlining and updating Avant Assessment for safer, more agile future growth would both require structural and aesthetic improvements. On the backend, we would need to unify a broad suite of platforms and technologies to enable seamless software management for the client’s admin team. From a UX perspective, we would also need to make the digital assessments convenient, intuitive, and engaging for its primary users: language learners and teachers.

Collage of images showing progress screen from Avant Assessment platform, two women looking at a computer screen, a red apple, and the Avant logo.
Diagram showing before and after of Avant Assessment's platform structure, from fragmented and dispersed to organized and unified.

Process

Bringing it all together

Our team analyzed Avant's eight different portal variations and identified the optimal infrastructure and interface to apply across its portfolio. Then, without disrupting service to its existing users (revenue base), we consolidated all Avant offerings onto one modern, cloud-based platform, applied consistent branding and design, and implemented processes for on-going project management.

Solution

Access made easy

We implemented a universal login that allows test takers and administrators to access all Avant products with the same user profile.

Login screens from Avant Assessment digital language testing platform.
Audio language response prompt screen from Avant Assessment digital language testing platform.

Solution

Breaking the sound barrier

Industry-leading integrated HTML5 voice recording technology replaced aging Flash plugins, reducing costs and bandwidth requirements to increase classroom accessibility.

Solution

Remodeled for modern users

Updated assessment interface presents questions and prompts in a clear, contemporary format to support comprehension and focus. It also features a custom-designed machine learning algorithm that can auto-score student writing responses.

Solution

Results you can see

New report designs for test takers and administrators break down scores and highlight specific areas for improvement, both for individuals and across test groups.

Test-taker score screens from Avant Assessment language testing platform.

Evolution Unblocked

Consolidating Avant Assessment’s eight non-standardized products into one cloud-based platform cut hosting costs by 75%, while its modernized interface dramatically improved product adoption and engagement. These changes restored Avant Assessment’s power to evolve its platform, spurring immense growth for its team, revenue, and customer base.

Twenty Ideas brings a special combination of efficient management, elegant product design along with serious technology chops.

David Bong

CEO at Avant Assessment

Twenty Ideas produces amazing results. They successfully manage communication, timelines, and project flow, and commitment and expertise are hallmarks of their high-quality work.

Kyle Ennis

VP Educational Products at Avant Assessment

Featured Technologies

React

  • Data Visualization & Charting
  • Novel Web-Based Voice Recording Feature
  • Cypress End-to-End Testing

AWS

  • Docker
  • SQS
  • CloudFormation (Infrastructure-as-Code)
  • CI/CD & Automated Build
  • Multiple Environments & Availability Zones
  • Audio Format Optimization Pipeline

Compliance Considerations

  • WCAG
  • GDPR
  • FERPA

Kotlin & Java

  • Spring Boot Framework
  • Hibernate + Postgresql
  • Added Extensive Unit Testing
  • Robust Datadog (APM) Integrations
  • QR Code Processing Pipeline for Handwritten Submissions of Work

LearningWrite Autoscoring Platform

  • MLOps & Integration
  • Machine Learning

Extensive & Complex Technology Migration