Arabic Placement Guidelines

Placement in an Arabic language class follows the AMES department placement policy.  

The following scenarios will help you identify the appropriate placement level for your academic journey with the Arabic language. Simply review the list, then follow the suggestion provided with each scenario. Feel free to contact the director of the Arabic program if you need help or have to take a placement test.

I have studied Arabic for a number of years.
  • You must take a placement test.

I speak an Arabic dialect at home.
  • Consult with the Program Director
I was born in an Arabic speaking country and left the country after the age of 8.
  • You must take a placement test
I attended secondary school in an Arabic speaking country.
  • You must consult the program director
I am fluent in an Arabic dialect, but cannot read or write in Arabic.
  • Enroll in ARABIC 101 (Elementary Arabic) & talk to the Program Director
I am a native Arabic speaker.
  • You must talk to the Program Director
I studied Arabic in high school for some time.
  • You must take a placement test
I studied Arabic at a community mosque for some time.
  • Enroll in ARABIC 101 (Elementary Arabic) & talk to the Program Director
I spent some time doing Study Abroad in an Arabic speaking country.
  • You must take a placement test
None of the above applies to me.
  • Enroll in any of the elementary level classes, except ARABIC 101 (Elementary Arabic)