Exam Details

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

·        Reading

·        Writing

·        Speaking

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 must choose his/her favored dialect. It is only used as part of listening comprehension and will ensure that the test taker 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 in 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
  • Note: The AL-ARABIYYA TEST can also be performed as a presence test in Leipzig. If you would like to take the exam as a presence test, please contact us !