Testing Of Arabic as Foreign Language

CEFR starA1-C2 Arabic Language Proficiency Test

Arabic Certificates in Levels A1-C2 (CEFR)

Get an Arabic certificate in the levels A1 – C2 (CEFR). The structure and content of the test is based on more than 40 years of experience in tests according to the standards of UNICERT and GER. The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST is designed and carried out by the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE and shows your competence in Arabic.

Levels A1-C2
Certificate as PDF
Dialects  Yes
Proctoring Yes
Online  Online or as a presence test
Fee 199,00 € (plus VAT)

The AL-ARABIYYA TEST is a fully computer-based Arabic language proficiency test developed by Eckehard Schulz, Professor at the Oriental Institute of the University of Leipzig.

The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST can draw upon experience from more than 40 years of teaching Arabic and academic exams for MA-students in the field of Arabic studies and also MA-students being trained to become interpreters and translators according to the standards of UNICERT with the levels I, II, III, IV respectively A2, B1 and B2 and C1 and C2 of CEFR.

The development of the uniform framework for the AL-ARABIYYA-TEST according to the specifications of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was based on this very long experience. The efforts to make it computer-based and to benefit from the new technical options started in 2006 and lasted more than 5 years. Many academic professionals mainly from the Oriental Institute of the University of Leipzig participated in this process. The design of the test and the questions are also based on the results of more than 35.000 e-tests done by students in Germany and many other countries all over the world.

The AL ARABIYYA TEST offers one

  • Arabic certificate
  • transparent review of Arabic language skills.
  • Optimization of the application documents.
  • better starting position in recruitment procedures than those who can not provide standard evidence.

The AL ARABIYYA TEST allows employers to

  • to require evidence of actual language skills.
  • to assess language skills in applications and to use them accordingly.

With the successfully passed AL-ARABIYYA-TEST, potential employers can rely on the fact that they really have the required language competence in Arabic.

Language Modern Standard Arabic
Levels A1 – C2 (CEFR)
Skills Listening




Dialects* (only used as part of listening comprehension and partially allowed in ‘Speaking’) Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gulf, Yemen, Oman, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco

* Since Modern Standard Arabic is not spoken in everyday life, dialect-related audios or videos from the above mentioned dialects will be included. The test taker is obliged to choose the favored dialect. It is only used as part of listening comprehension and will only ensure that the examinee is able to handle the dialect because everyday conversation is based on dialects and not on the Standard Language.

Setup & Timing

Older requirements based on paper tests recommend more time. Computer based tests are much closer to reality of language reception and production, more effective and less time-consuming to take as opposed to paper tests. The person to be examined has only a certain amount of time available for each task. This reduces the time required compared to traditional paper tests. It has been shown empirically that the below defined period of time and amount of tasks leads to the expected results.

Skills Basic Tasks Schedule
Listening 3

(1 MSA, 1 close to MSA, 1 in chosen dialect)

30 minutes
Reading 3 30 minutes
Writing 3 40 minutes
Speaking 3 20 minutes
Total 12 120 minutes