OPI for Arabic Minors

**If not currently enrolled in an Arabic Language Course or if there is more than a semester gap in taking an Arabic course at GU, the student must take the placement exam before attempting the OPI. This also applies to native speakers.**

When is the Exam administered?  

The Arabic Proficiency and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Exams are conducted in November and April of each year. 

Exam Registration and Schedule:

All students (except Arabic Majors) taking Arabic Proficiency exam or OPI MUST register by the deadline. No registration requests are accepted after the Registration deadline below.

Fall Semester – Registration starts on the second Monday in October, stays open for two weeks, and closes on the Friday of the second week at 5 PM. If the second Monday is a holiday, the registration will open on the Tuesday. Students are contacted by faculty administering the exam informing them about the exam date by end of October. Exams will be held by the last day of classes on the date and time agreed upon by the student and the examiner.

AS THE CURRENT AIS MODE OF INSTRUCTION IS IN-PERSON, ALL PROFICIENCY AND OPI EXAMS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON FOR FALL 2021.

Spring Semester – Registration starts on the second Monday in March, stays open for two weeks, and closes on the Friday of the second week at 5 PM. If the second Monday is a holiday, the registration will open on the Tuesday. Students are contacted by faculty administering the exam informing them about the exam date by end of March. Exams will be held by the last day of classes on the date and time agreed upon by the student and the examiner.

How to register for the Exam?  

Follow the steps below to register. BOTH STEPS must be completed:

  • Step 1. Click HERE to complete the Registration Form by the deadline.
  • Step 2. Submit a $25 deposit check payable to Georgetown University. Deposit payment must be submitted by the deadline at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Poulton Hall, room #200.

Students who postpone their exam after agreeing to a time with the Proctor will forfeit their deposit. Should the student then postpone a second time, they will have to pay an additional deposit of $25. Please note that the Department is not responsible for emailing students to pick up their deposit. Students must pick up their deposit by the last day of classes in the semester in which the exam was taken, or it will be deposited. If a student has to retake the exam, a new deposit must be submitted during the exam registration period of the retake.

Please contact exam coordinator, Professor Ghayda Al Ali ga411@georgetown.edu with questions regarding the exam