Arabic Testing

Arabic Placement Test

A placement test places you in an Arabic course that you can take at the University of Arizona.

The test does not provide credit toward your degree, and the test alone does not satisfy the second language requirement.

There is no fee for placement tests.

Once you take the placement test, you can enroll in the appropriate level Arabic course or decide to take one of the other tests.

Please contact Dr. Samira Farwaneh, the MENAS Arabic Coordinator, for more info: farwaneh@arizona.edu

Arabic Proficiency Test

A proficiency test satisfies the second language requirement if you demonstrate adequate proficiency.

The proficiency test does not provide credit toward your degree.

After you take the proficiency test, a letter certifying your proficiency level will be sent to the Registrar's Office. Always be sure to follow-up to make sure this has been completed for you.

Please contact Dr. Samira Farwaneh, the MENAS Arabic Coordinator, for more info: farwaneh@arizona.edu

Arabic Special Examination for Credit

A special examination for credit satisfies the second language requirement if you demonstrate adequate proficiency.

A special examination for credit does provide credit.

You can only earn credit for ARB 101, 102, 401, and 402, and you can only earn up to 10 units (two courses). Please note that ARB 401 and ARB 402 credit can not be counted toward the Arabic minor.

For example, if you test beyond ARB 402, you will receive credit for ARB 401 and 402 for 10 units of lower-division credit and the second language requirement will be satisfied.

To take this test, you will need to complete the following steps in the order listed:

Procedures

  1. Applications for Special Examination for Credit or Special Examination for Grade may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar: reghelp@arizona.edu
  2. The application must be approved by your advisor.
  3. The examining instructor and the head of the examining department must determine your eligibility and sign the application.
  4. You must return the application to the Office of the Registrar, and pay the $21-per-unit fee at the Bursar's Office (University Services Bldg104). We can not schedule a special examination until notified by the Bursar's Office that the fee has been paid.
  5. The examination is scheduled by the examining instructor normally during the same semester in which the application is made.
  6. Exam and awarding of credit will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by the examining instructor. The grade ("CR" or letter grade) is reported to the Office of the Registrar. The examination, together with your graded examination paper and any appropriate evaluations of oral performance or projects, is then filed with the department for at least one year.

Please contact Debbie Marlow (dmarlow@arizona.edu), the MENAS Undergraduate Advisor, or Dr. Samira Farwaneh (farwaneh@arizona.edu), the MENAS Arabic Coordinator, for more info.