Proficiency Exam for Students Returning from Study-Abroad

As of Fall 2017, the Department provides Arabic proficiency testing in September and January to SFS students returning from study abroad. This schedule applies ONLY to students returning from study abroad and students who took summer courses outside Georgetown University.  Other MSFS and BSFS students should follow the regular proficiency exam schedule in November and March.

Students who return from spring or summer study abroad take the exam in the subsequent fall semester, in September but before the end of the Add/Drop period for that semester. Students returning from fall study abroad take the exam in the subsequent spring semester, in January but before the end of the Add/Drop period for that semester.

To determine student’s eligibility for the proficiency exam, students must first take an online placement exam.

  1. Log in to blackboard site
  2. Search for off-campus Arabic placement exam
  3. Follow instruction and complete the exam
  4. The Department will notify the student if s/he is ready to sit for the exam or not by August 15th (for students taking the exam in September) and December 15th (for students taking the exam in January). A student is prepared to pass proficiency after successful completion of ARAB 215/216.

To sign up for the proficiency exam:

  1. Student must have received e-mail from the Department that s/he has been approved to sit for the proficiency exam
  2. Register on this link
  3. Submit registration fee of $25. This can be dropped off at the front desk of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Poulton Hall #200 or be mailed as check (payable to Georgetown University) to the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 1437 37th St. NW, Poulton Hall #200, Washington, DC 20007.
  4. Registration AND check deposit MUST be received before the deadline The deadline to sign up for the September or January proficiency exam is the Sunday before classes begin for each semester.

Students will receive an e-mail from a faculty member to schedule date and time for the proficiency exam, which must be completed before the end of the Add/Drop period for the semester.

If you have questions, please contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at: arabic@georgetown.edu