Placement Testing

The Standardized Arabic Proficiency Test (SAPT) is a test that is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), an international benchmark used to describe language ability. SAPT measures the communicative language ability of individuals who can communicate in Arabic. The scores obtained for the SAPT determine the CEFR - aligned Arabic language level for those who would like to apply for some of the School of Continuing Education (SCE) programs. Organizations can use the scores for additional purposes such as occupational appointments and promotion.

The test covers three language skills: listening, reading and writing. These skills address four main contexts of language use as defined by the CEFR – namely personal, social, occupational and educational.

SAPT includes three sections: listening, reading and writing, each with its own time limit. Exam takers answer the three sections in that order. The test takes two hours and 45 minutes to complete. The first two sections consist of multiple-choice questions while the third one includes writing tasks. The following table shows the test components and time required in detail.