Arabic Placement Exam Guidelines and Dates

Before the Exam

Read these instructions carefully. 

This is the Arabic placement. It is a proficiency-based exam aiming at identifying your level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. The exam tests for high elementary, intermediate and high intermediate levels, hence you are not expected to complete all questions. You are encouraged to attempt to answer as many questions as you can. If you do not know the answer to any of the questions, do not guess. Submitting answers of which you are quite sure will help us place you at the appropriate level. 

General information about the exam

  1. The online entrance test is simple to get through
  2. We assume that the applicant taking the online test has a basic familiarity with computers and is comfortable with the use of a keyboard and mouse. 
  3. The estimated time for the exam is three hours.
  4. We urge you not to leave any of the exam sections/pages idle for more than 20 minutes (e.g. move to next or previous page), otherwise, the exam will automatically terminate. 
  5. Once you press "submit your answers," on the last page of the exam, you will not be able to go back to make any changes. 
  6. After the three-hour period, the exam will automatically be terminated. 

Important Notes:

  1. The ALNG unit administers a placement exam to enlist students in the appropriate level based on their proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic.
  2. The online test will be administered by ALI during the announced days and times.
  3. Note that once you started your Arabic required courses, you cannot retake the placement test.
  4. Note that the Arabic Placement Online Exam is being successfully transferred to Blackboard using the Respondus Lockdown browser. Kindly note that the capacity of each exam is 25 students and the reservation for each exam closes four days prior to the exam date. If you, for some reason, are sure that you will not be able to attend the exam day on the specified day, send us an email to cancel your reservation.
  5. Kindly note that the reservation for each exam closes four days prior to the exam date.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email with sample and online exam instructions.
  7. Visit the ALNG web page regularly to check the exam info, policy and instructions. Exam instructions and their policy are subject to change at any time without prior notification. It is the students’ responsibility to stay updated on the exam schedule to avoid having to wait an additional month for the next exam. Check the ALNG webpage to see the instructions and schedule of the exam.
  8. Effective January 2018, the placement exam is offered once every month during fall and spring semesters, all students are to sit for this exam only once on the scheduled day and time, after which students will be placed in the appropriate level based upon the score of the four components of the exam. Retaking of the exam is not allowed. Students who took the exam before Spring 2018 will be placed according to the last score obtained. It is recommended to sign up for your Arabic requirements early enough because not all Arabic courses are offered each semester. 
  9. Introduce a Timely Completion Policy for Arabic Language requirements to avoid any delay in graduation. All students must sit for an Arabic language placement exam during their freshman year unless they have submitted a Thanawiyya Amma certificate or its equivalent before the date of the last placement exam for any given academic year. Based on the placement exam score, students will either be exempted from required Arabic Language courses or be required to take one or two sequenced courses. Students exempted from Arabic may still opt to register in elective Arabic courses.
  10. For students who have not submitted evidence of completing Arabic Thanawiyya Amma or equivalent, the Arabic placement exam must be taken during freshman year, preferably during the first semester of being a fully admitted student. Students who fail to take their placement exam during their first two semesters will automatically be required to do two Arabic language courses.
  11. Students must take all required Arabic language courses before completing 90 credit hours. For students required to take two courses, the first of the required courses must be taken before completing 60 credit hours. Students failing to register for (or registering and dropping) their required Arabic courses in time to meet the Arabic Timely Completion Policy will be issued registration holds preventing them from registering for other courses before registering for the required Arabic courses.
  12. Graduate Students:
    ALNG also provides a proficiency placement exam service for other departments in AUC. Departments using this service are urged to ask their applicants to take the Arabic placement exam upon their admission. Because the ALI proficiency placement test is open on scheduled days and times each semester, the respective department should:
    1. Visit the ALNG web page regularly to check the exam info and instructions.
    2. Send the applicant(s) info (student name, ID, and affiliated department) to prior to the exam.

After the exam, ALNG will send the level of the applicant to his/her department. Because each department may have different rubrics/score for the required level of Arabic, note that it is the applicant’s department to decide whether s/he is exempted from Arabic or a number of courses should be taken to meet the rubrics. So, applicants need to contact their departments to know the result of their Arabic exam and translate their Arabic level into a numeric score.

In order for the graduate students to improve their Arabic, they may take the Arabic classes offered by ALNG. For more information, contact us at

Steps to take the Arabic Placement Exam:

  1. Download the Respondus Lockdown browser.
  2. Open your Blackboard account using the Lockdown browser
  3. Click on Arabic Placement (you will find the following):
    • Version # (**Webcam**) - Requires Respondus LockDown Browser
    • Version # Submission

Click Version # (**Webcam**) - Requires Respondus LockDown Browser: This part is

For multiple-choice questions (Vocabulary and Structure - Reading Comprehension –

Listening - Writing)

When you reach the writing part, Choose Yes or No:

(No) if you don’t have the Arabic writing skills to take the writing part. Click submit to exist the exam

(Yes) if you have the Arabic writing skills to take the writing part. If yes, follow the below instructions:

  • Choose a topic from the list of topics
  • Write the heading of the topic, your name, and AUC ID on a blank paper
  • Handwrite the topic under the title making sure that your posture allows the camera to monitor you as you write.
  • Show the camera your writing upon completion of your writing exam.,
  • Submit the exam immediately after showing it to the camera following the steps below: 
    • Scan your essay or taking a clear good quality photo of it using your mobile 
    • Open an internet browser (Chrome or Firefox, not Safari) and login into your Blackboard account again
    • Click on Arabic Placement and choose and click on Version # Submission Attach your scanned essay.
    • Make sure to click submit.
    • Upon submission, you will be given a confirmation number at the top of the page, save it.

Exam Sections:

 Section 1: Vocabulary and Structure (25%)

  • Answer the 50 multiple-choice questions

Section 2: Reading Comprehension (25%)

  • Answer the multiple-choice questions in the two authentic reading passages

Section 3: Listening (10%)

  • Listen to the audio text and answer the multiple-choice questions

Section 4: Writing an Essay (40%)

  • You will be given different topics and asked to write an essay on only one (not less than 250 words).
  • The essay section should be handwritten.

Sample Exam

Before you start working on your placement exam, it is advisable to work on the sample exam. The sample exam is a good practice, as it will familiarize you with the type of questions on the actual placement exam. Thus, feel free to answer, review as much as you can, and make any changes while answering the sample exam. Click here to see the sample exam.

Academic Integrity

Maintaining Ethical Standards

Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work.

Academic dishonesty is defined as "an (intentional) act of deception" in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Cheating: use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids
  2. Fabrication: falsification or invention of any information
  3. Assisting: helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty
  4. Tampering: altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents
  5. Plagiarism: representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own

Some examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  1. Use of textbooks, notes or any unauthorized materials during an exam.
  2. Looking at other student's tests during an exam.
  3. Collaborating on assignments when collaboration is not allowed.
  4. Having someone take an exam for you or taking the exam for someone else.
  5. Obtaining exams or questions from exams through illicit means.
  6. Use of unauthorized websites during computerized exams.
  7. Assisting someone in one of these behaviors.

To better understand academic dishonesty and how it affects you, see AUC's Code of Academic Integrity.

The University takes a serious view of cheating. A candidate who is suspected of cheating in examinations is liable to disciplinary action including (but not limited to) suspension or expulsion from the University. All materials and/or devices that are found in violation of any examination rules and regulations will be confiscated

During the Exam

  1. The student may not use his or her textbook, course notes, or receive help from a proctor or any other outside source.
  2.  Students must not stop the session and then return to it. This is especially important in the online environment where the system will "time-out" and not allow the student to reenter the exam site.
  3.  You are not allowed to communicate by word of mouth or otherwise with other candidates (this includes while essays are being collected).

 At the End of the Exam

  1. You are responsible to ensure that your essay is submitted at the end of the examination.


Placement Exam Dates

Placement exam dates for the Academic Year (2021 - 2022):

Exam Date Time from Time to
August 22, 2021 10:00 am 1:00 pm
August 25, 2021 10:00 am 1:00 pm
October 26, 2021 10:00 am 1:00 pm
November 23, 2021 10:00 am 1:00 pm
December 7, 2021 10:00 am 1:00 pm
January 19, 2022 10:00 am 1:00 pm
February 22, 2022 10:00 am 1:00 pm
March 22, 2022 10:00 am 1:00 pm
April 12, 2022 10:00 am 1:00 pm
May 10, 2022 10:00 am 1:00 pm

In order for us to plan ahead and make sure that each student takes the exam on the announced dates, fill this form; otherwise, you will not be able to sit for the exam. Note that the Arabic placement online exam is being successfully transferred to Blackboard using the Respondus Lockdown browser. Kindly note that the reservation for each exam closes four days prior to the exam date.