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The Arabic test is in two parts; both are online and can be taken whenever you like. For a minority of students, an oral interview (online via Zoom) may also be required.

The test is Sakai-based; you will need to log in with your Onyen credentials.

Don’t have an Onyen and password?
— If you’re an incoming new student, please wait to take this test until you have created your Onyen and have it working.
— If you are not a UNC student, please email the Arabic placement coordinator, Prof. Doria El Kerdany, for help to access the test.

Equipment you will need to take the test:
— Paper and pencil;
— Camera or scanner; you will need to scan/photograph and upload your handwritten paper.
— Computer with working microphone so you can make a voice recording.

Follow these steps to take the test:

  1. Click on this link to join the Sakai site. You must join the site before you’ll be able to take the tests.
  2. Click on this link to take the reading/listening portion. You will have up to three hours to complete this portion.
  3. Click on this link to take the speaking/writing portion.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please seek help at

After you have taken both online parts, you’ll receive an email (allow at least a week) either informing you of your placement result or inviting you to make an appointment for an oral interview.