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Placement Exam Sample

 ALI Sample Exam Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully.

Sample Exam:

Before you start working on your placement exam, it is advisable to work on the sample exam. The sample exam is 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. We urge you to read the following and then click on the link to start the sample exam. 

General information about the actual exam:  

  • The online entrance test is simple to get through.
  • We assume that the applicant taking the online test has a basic familiarity with computers and is comfortable with the use of keyboard and mouse.
  • The Arabic placement is a proficiency-based exam aimed at identifying your level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • The exam tests for high elementary and 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 of any of the questions, please do not guess. Submitting answers of which you are quite sure will help us place you in the appropriate level. 
  • Please do not attempt to take this exam if you have not studied Arabic before.
  • Estimated time for the actual exam sections is three hours.
  • 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.
  • Once you click on submit your answers on the last page of the exam, you will not be able to go back to make any changes.
  • After the three-hour exam period, the exam will automatically end.
  • To start the exam, have your username and password (sent to you by ALI) ready. 
  • Further detailed information will be sent to you by the ALI. Please make sure that you read the instructions carefully before you start the exam.


The Actual Exam Sections:

Section 1: Vocabulary and Structure

  • Answer the 50 multiple-choice questions. 

Section 2: Reading Comprehension

  • Answer the multiple-choice questions about the two reading passages. 

 Section 3: Listening

  • Listen to the audio text, then answer the multiple-choice questions.

 Section 4: Writing an Essay

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

To take the sample exam, click here.