GENERAL EXAMINATION REGULATIONS FOR THE AL-ARABIYYA-TEST (updated 30.06.2018)
The AL-ARABIYYA INSTITUTE is the developer of a language proficiency test for Arabic called AL-ARABIYYA-TEST. THE AL-ARABIYYA-TEST is a standardized computer-based language proficiency test for Arabic. The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST serves the certification of language skills on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST is offered in in accordance with the levels A1 and A2, B1and B2 as well as C1 and C2.
WHO CAN TAKE THE TEST?
Every person who signed up for the test at www.toafl.com, paid the test fees and accepted
- THE GENERAL TEST REGULATIONS FOR THE AL-ARABIYYA-TEST,
- THE GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE
- DATA PROTECTION POLICY DECLARATION OF THE AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE
can be tested.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TEST
The AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE has the sole responsibility for the test. Those who are in charge of carrying out the tests are familiar with the AL-ARABIYYA-TEST, including the test regulations and the instructions for conducting the test.
The AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE is always ready to make test rooms accessible and barrier free for everybody.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEST
Anyone who registers for the test will be informed by e-mail about date and time of the test. By registering for the test the test taker agrees to the procedure of the test as pointed out in Test-Setup. The use of comments in the test answers which can be considered offensive, racist or obscene , is not acceptable and may lead to the exclusion from the test even after the test was carried out. Test fees already paid will not be refunded in this case. The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST is carried out entirely computer based.
There are at every level (A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2) four test areas (LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING, WRITING), which are in principle equivalent.
Who wants to take the test must fulfill the following technical conditions:
- Using a PC or comparable device
- Using a mouse or comparable device
- Typing with an Arabic keyboard
- Using a headset (or microphone in the PC and earphones)
- Using a webcam
- Using Google Chrome Browser (incl. extension for screen sharing)
- Using Skype
SAFETY RULES FOR RUNNING THE TEST
- Prerequisite for admission to the test is to verify the identity by means of an identity card or passport or other identity document with the appropriate personal photo.
- If the person to be tested cannot prove her/his identity before the test begins, she/he will be not allowed to do the test. In this case the test fee is kept and a new date and time for the test will be agreed upon.
- Attempts of any kind to deceive will result in disqualification from the test – even after the test – or to withdraw the test results and the test is thus considered invalid.
- Disrupting attempts of any kind before, during and after the test result in disqualification from the test.
- Test fees already paid will not be refunded in these instances (3. and 4.)
DATE OF THE TEST
Test dates will be individually agreed after the test fee has been paid in full.
SICKNESS, INHIBITION AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
The person to be tested can ask once for a postponement of the test without giving reasons for this by e-mail at least 24 hours before the agreed start of the test. If the test is not performed at the agreed time and without notice, the test fees paid will not be refunded. If a person to be tested does not appear on the booked test date and does not send a medical report to the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE within 24 hours after the beginning of the booked test, this will be considered as unexcused absence. Test fees already paid will in this case not be refunded.
CANCELLATION OF THE TEST
A cancellation of a booked test date can be asked for free of charge by the person to be tested by e-mail to the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE with the data of the REGISTRATION not later than 5 business days before the agreed test date. In this case the test fee is either kept and a new date and time for the test will be agreed upon or refunded.
POSTPONEMENT OF THE TEST DATE
A postponement of a booked test date can be asked for free of charge by the person to be tested by e-mail to AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE with the data of your REGISTRATION not later than 5 business days before the agreed test date. In this case the test fee is kept and a new date for the test will be agreed upon.
EVALUATION OF TEST RESULTS
The test results are obtained in computerized and standardized procedures. The results are evaluated by computer as far as possible. The evaluation of the test areas which cannot be evaluated by computer is carried by two independent and qualified linguists. The evaluation criteria that have been established by AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE for each test area shall apply. A single test area (e.g. READING) is considered passed if at least 60% of the total score for this test range have been achieved.
TEST RESULT AND CERTIFICATE
The certificate with the test results will be sent as a rule by e-mail within for weeks after the completion of the test. A photo of the person tested, as well as video and audio sequences from the person tested during the test are available via an internet address and registration number specified on the test certificate. The certificate is to be checked immediately upon receipt for completeness and formal correctness (name, address, etc.).
DATA RETENTION PERIOD
Documents in connection with the test (e.g. test results) as well as data stored on computers and media, including the related documentation related to persons tested are being stored for a period of one year (data retention period). After the expiration of this period, all data (personal data, test results, certificates) will be deleted.
RIGHT TO INSPECT TEST RESULTS
Each person tested shall be granted access to her/his test results at his/her request within the data retention period. The request for access to test results shall be submitted by e-mail, but not earlier than four weeks after the participation in the test. Inspection of the test results is only possible at the seat of the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE and under supervision.
CONTESTATION OF THE TEST RESULT
Who wants to contest the assessment of test results, must file an objection by e-mail to at the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE within three months of notification of the results (date of the certificate). The application for contestation of the test results must be sufficiently substantiated. Not sufficiently substantiated requests can be rejected by the AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE. An exclusive reference to not achieved scores shall not be considered a sufficient justification. The AL-ARABIYYA-INSTITUTE shall decide on applications for contestation. If a re-evaluation is done the revised decision shall irrevocably apply. In this case, a new certificate is issued and by this the result of the contested certificate is canceled.
REPEATING THE TEST
The AL-ARABIYYA-TEST as a whole can be repeated on any level as often as desired, provided the appropriate fees have been paid before.
USE AND APPLICATION OF TEST MATERIALS, ETC. DURING THE TEST
Any aid – both electronic and non-electronic – are not allowed during the test. Test materials acquired prior to testing for the preparation should not be used during the test, also no dictionaries or textbooks.