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Hamza Exam

Why Arabic language proficiency test?

1.Preservation and care for the Arabic language falls within the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia initiatives and is linked to the establishment of the King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language.

2.The Academy’s vision in leadership and global authority in the service of the Arabic language.

3.The organization of the academy outlines the following specialty: “Developing and implementing a standardized global Arabic language test in coordination with relevant entities.”

4.The increase in the number of enrollees in Arabic language programs at universities around the world, which is ten times higher enrollees in other languages programs.

5.The global academic and professional institutions need to standardize proficiency assessment criteria for the Arabic language.

6.Offering a convenient means for individuals to establish their proficiency in the Arabic language anywhere around the world.

Hamza Test Brief (Academic)

The Arabic Proficiency Test is developed to the highest standards and in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language established the assessment system and measurement tools by assembling a team of specialists and experts. This involved conducting benchmark comparisons and survey analysis of internationally recognized language tests to build the standards and indicators that the test relies on. Then, constructing the language proficiency standards that will be measured by the test-takers, along with their corresponding sub-indicators.

  1. The test measures four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) ranging from (A2) to (C1).
  2. The test duration is 155 minutes.
  3. The test consists of 75 questions.
  4. The four sections of the test:
    • Listening Comprehension: Listening to diverse and general audio passages and answering multiple-choice questions - (30) questions.
    • Reading Comprehension: Reading diverse and general texts and answering multiple-choice questions - (40) questions.
    • Writing: Composing a single essay on a general topic with a word count ranging from (200) to (250) words - one question.
    • Speaking: Responding to general questions and speaking on a general topic - (4) questions.
  5. The test is administered worldwide:
    • The first method: Computer-based (at accredited testing centers).
    • The second method: Computerized (Virtual/Remote).
    • The third method: Paper-based, in coordination with the Benefiting Entities.
  6. The beneficiaries
    1. Universities, Arabic language teaching institutes, and their centers.
    2. Arabic language teachers and learners.
    3. Employers.

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