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The Arabic placement test is online and can be taken at any time. The online test has two parts:

The first part is reading and listening comprehension.  It includes:

  • A questionnaire about your Arabic language background (you type the answers in English);
  • An Arabic listening comprehension section (multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions)
  • An Arabic reading comprehension section (multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions)

The second part is writing and speaking proficiency:

  • The writing portion must be handwritten (not typed) in Arabic. The test will give you prompts for what to write about, and after you’ve done it, you’ll scan or take a photo of your writing and upload it to the test.
  • For the speaking portion, there will be some questions and you’ll record your answers. You may use any type of spoken Arabic (formal or dialect).

That’ll be it for most people, but a few students may be asked to also do an oral interview (via zoom, or in person if during the semester).

This placement test is a proficiency test; there is no need to prepare for it.  The result should indicate your current level of command of the language, and thus determine the most appropriate course placement for you.