Placement Tests

Arabic Placement Test

At the beginning of each semester we conduct a placement test for incoming students (freshmen and transfer) as well as for all students coming back from any non-GU program (including GU-approved programs abroad). This is to ensure proper placement in Arabic courses. This test will measure students’ abilities in Listening, Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary. The placement exam is not intended as achievement or proficiency test- rather, its sole purpose is to decide where you most appropriately fit within the sequence of courses offered in the Arabic Department’s curriculum. Students with no prior Arabic experience do not need to take the Arabic placement exam and must register for ARAB011, Intensive Beginner Arabic

If you have taken the placement test in the past and did not take an Arabic course the same semester as the exam, you must contact the department before the pre-registration period opens in order to retake the placement exam. The new score will be sent to the Registrar’s Office as your registration authorization.

Schedule

Off-Campus Placement Exam Spring 2022

The Off-Campus Placement Exam will open on Monday, November 1st, 2021 and will remain open until Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at 5:00 PM for the Spring Semester.

For instructions on how to take the Off-Campus Placement Exam, please see here.

Result

A placement exam score is only valid for the semester in which the exam is taken. If there is a gap between the time of the placement exam and your most recent Arabic course, you will need to retake the placement exam.

All students should receive the exam results in Canvas at the end of the placement exam upon pressing submit. Following the Off-Campus exam, the department will contact individual students regarding their course registration.

Schedule

On-Campus Placement Exam Spring 2022

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Arabic, and who do not intend to continue their study of Arabic at Georgetown, should follow the following guidelines:  

The on-campus placement exam (remotely proctored via Proctorio) for students looking to take an Arabic course this semester will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 2:00 PM.

Instructions for the On-Campus Arabic Placement Exam can be found here

Schedule for Taking the Exam if Your Computer Does Not Support Proctorio

If your computer doesn’t support Proctorio, you must take the online Off-Campus Arabic Placement Exam by no later than 5pm, Wednesday, January 5th. Instructions for the Off-Campus Arabic Placement Exam can be found here. Students taking the unproctored Off-campus Arabic Placement Exam MUST also complete a 15min follow-up Zoom Interview. Zoom interviews will be held on January 6th from 10am to 12pm. Please sign up for the Zoom Interview here.

Results

A placement exam score is only valid for the semester in which the exam is taken. If there is a gap between the time of the placement exam and your most recent Arabic course, you will need to retake the placement exam.

All students should receive the exam results in Canvas at the end of the placement exam upon pressing submit. Following the Off-Campus exam, the department will contact individual students regarding their course registration. For the On-Campus and Proctored exam (the off-campus exam PLUS the Zoom interview), results will be sent directly to the student’s dean, so students should contact their respective academic advisor for their test results.

Schedule

Students who have already fulfilled eligibility to take the proficiency exam by completing the course requirements but had a gap between the most recent Arabic course taken or the time of the last placement test must retake a placement test. A placement exam score is only valid for the semester in which the exam is taken.

For students looking to retake the placement exam, you must contact the department and take the off-campus placement exam during the proficiency exam period, not at the start of the semester.

For instructions on how to take the Off-Campus Placement Exam, please see here.

Results

All students should receive the exam results in Canvas at the end of the placement exam upon pressing submit. Following the Off-Campus exam, the department will contact individual students regarding their course registration.

For students returning from study abroad, you should take the off-campus online placement exam by the Friday before the start of classes. If you encounter problems, then please plan to attend the scheduled on-campus exam.

Schedule

Off-Campus Placement Exam Spring 2022

The Off-Campus Placement Exam will open on Monday, November 1st, 2021 and will remain open until Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at 5:00 PM for the Spring Semester.

For instructions on how to take the Off-Campus Placement Exam, please see here.

Results

A placement exam score is only valid for the semester in which the exam is taken. If there is a gap between the time of the placement exam and your most recent Arabic course, you will need to retake the placement exam.

All students should receive the exam results in Canvas at the end of the placement exam upon pressing submit. Following the Off-Campus exam, the department will contact individual students regarding their course registration.

If you are a Consortium Student, please contact the Department at arabic@georgetown.edu to schedule an appointment to take the placement exam.

Off-Campus Placement Exam Spring 2022

The Off-Campus Placement Exam will open on Monday, November 1st, 2021 and will remain open until Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at 5:00 PM for the Spring Semester.

For instructions on how to take the Off-Campus Placement Exam, please see here.


No placement exams will be given after the scheduled placement exams taken above. If the placement exam is not taken by the last scheduled placement exam, students must wait until the start of the following semester.


Additional Dates for the Fall 2021 Placement Exam

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM (remotely proctored using Proctorio). Instructions for access

Monday, August 23, 2021, at 11:00 AM (remotely proctored using Proctorio). Instructions for access

Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 2:00 PM (remotely proctored using Proctorio). Instructions for access

Off-Campus Placement Exam Fall 2021

The Off-Campus Placement Exam will open on Monday, April 12th and will remain open until Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

If students do not complete the Off-Campus Placement Exam by August 18, then they will be required to take the On-Campus Placement Exam (remotely proctored using Proctorio) on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM.

Instructions for the On-Campus Arabic Placement Exam can be found here.

The On-Campus Placement Exam for the New Student Orientation

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Arabic, and who do not intend to continue their study of Arabic at Georgetown, should follow the following guidelines:  

If your computer doesn’t support Proctorio, take the online Off-Campus Arabic Placement Exam no later than 5pm, Friday, August 21st.  Instructions for the Off-Campus Arabic Placement Exam can be found here. Students taking the unproctored Off-campus Arabic Placement Exam MUST also complete a 15mins follow-up Zoom Interview. Zoom interviews will be held on August 24 from 10am to 12pm. Please read the instructions on how to sign up for the Zoom Interview and sign up here.

The Off-Campus Placement Exam

The Off-Campus Placement Exam is now open and will remain open until Friday, August 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

For instructions on how to take the Off-Campus Placement Exam, please see here.