The information below is in the process of being updated due to a few improvements in the process. 
The exam dates, timing and descriptions are correct.

Thank you!

The CASA selection exam provides the selection committee with a comprehensive measure of the applicant's current level of proficiency in Arabic, and helps to place her/him in the appropriate class if she/he is accepted into the program. All CASA I applicants are required to take the exam, unless they are able to send us valid ACTFL scores from a recent test.

CASA requires ACTFL scores for: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, and Writing. The Reading and Listening sections are administered online and applicants will need access to the Internet in order to complete the exam. All sections of the exam are intended to gauge different levels of proficiency, and may include material that is beyond an applicant's present level of competency in Arabic. Examinees should answer as much as possible and attempt to answer all questions.  

The Selection Exam for 2018-19 program will be administered at various locations around the U.S. and abroad.

  • Reading and Listening Sections of the exam (online) should be taken with a remote proctor at a time convenient for each applicant by February 16, 2018.
    (The remote proctor will be assigned to you when you register - at least 3 business days in advance. While the proctor can assist with basic questions, it is best to schedule your exam during Technical Support staff hours, 9am-6pm EST Mon-Fri. *International students may contact me in advance to request possible exceptions.)

  • The Writing Section can be taken on one of the following dates: February 7, 8, 9, or 16, 2018. An in-person proctor is required for this exam, so the date should be coordinated with your proctor. Registration is required at least 10 business days in advance.

Students should receive an email from their Writing Exam proctor 3-4 days prior to the exam to confirm the location and anything you may need to take the test. Exams may not be scheduled for a different day or time unless approved by the CASA Administrative Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a suitable proctor. Please note that exams must be proctored at all times, even at universities where the honor system is used, and the presence of the designated proctor is required during all sections of the exam.

Exam Accommodations
To request exam accommodations, please see the Test Accommodations page of the LTI website.  A minimum of 10 business days prior to the exam is required. 

Please Note: Exam fees will be covered by applicants. The fee of $120 will be paid directly to ACTFL at the time of registration for the exam. Applicants should have received this information in an email as well.

Please use the instructions below and make sure to register for your exam. A safe registration deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018.  Make sure all sections of the exam are completed by February 16.

Go to: URL will be here once process is updated!

  • Select “Search for your institution or school program" (in orange) in top right corner of the page
  • Select “No” that you are not testing for State Teacher Certification
  • Enter “Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)” (it should automatically come up as you type); click “Continue”
  • Select Arabic from the drop down then “Continue”
  • You will now see each exam section: Reading, Writing, Listening; to pay only one $20 remote proctor fee, select Reading/Listening bundle and hit Continue (you will be able to return to this page and select Writing)
  • Select "Web-based Proctor" for Reading/Listening sections
  • Select your time zone and preferred date and time for the exam.
  • The next page will show your proposed exam date, time, and fees; select the option to "+Add a new Test"
  • Select Arabic again and then Select the Writing section.
  • The next page asks you to select the appropriate level of Writing test for you
  • Select the "CASA" proctor option (once we receive all applications, I will give your proctors access to the portal so they can receive your writing exam information)
  • Enter your exam date and start time. You can guesstimate the end time for two hours after the start to be safe.  Pick any date for the back-up exam time.  Or if your proctor has factored in a back-up snow date that is prior to 2/16, use that.
  • Continue to complete the payment information and you should be all set!

Your proctor will be in touch with you directly about any logistics for the day of your Writing exam.  

The CASA Selection Exam includes the following sections:

I. Listening (Online, 30 points) - Time:  up to 120 minutes
Sound clips are presented and the applicant is asked to select an appropriate responses (in a multiple choice format) to questions about the content of each clip. The applicant will receive a mix of questions in varying levels.

II. Reading (Online, 40 points) - Time: up to 120 minutes
A variety of written texts are presented for reading and the applicant is asked to select an appropriate response (in a multiple choice format) to a question about the content of each passage provided. The applicant will receive a mix of questions in Level I - Intermediate, Level II - Advanced, and Level III - Superior.

III. Writing Section (Hand written, 30 points) - Time:  approximately 80 minutes
The writing section aims to test the applicant’s ability to compose in Arabic and demonstrate his/her ability to describe, narrate, and express opinions in well-constructed and connected sentences and paragraphs.

Please note that students will complete these sections in varying lengths of time. For those taking the exam with others, please remain patient and quiet while others are completing their exam.

Exam Policies

  • Dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, or note-taking are not permitted during the exam.
  • Exams may not be photocopied.
  • No exam may be administered at a time other than the day and time scheduled by the CASA office. Extenuating circumstances will be considered individually by the CASA Director.
  • Proctors should not be a teacher/professor of Arabic, and if at all possible, not a speaker of Arabic. Proctors agree to monitor the applicant for the duration of the exam.
  • Upon completion of the exam, the proctor must immediately submit the writing sections of the exam to ACTFL, where they will be reviewed and scored.