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. 

The Selection Exam for 2017-18 program will be administered at various locations around the U.S. and abroad.

  • International Exams will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (time TBD).
  • Stateside Exams (including Canada) will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:00am.

Students should receive an email from their proctor within 3-4 days of the exam to confirm the location and anything you may need to take the test (i.e. laptop and headphones). 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.

CASA Selection Exam Details

The CASA Selection Exam includes three sections: 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.  

Please Note: This year's exam fees will be covered by applicants. The fee of $100 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.

You may now register for the exam which will be listed as a bundle for Reading, Listening, and Writing.  Please use the instructions below and make sure to register for your exam by:

  • January 24th for International exams
  • January 26th for US and Canada

Go to www.languagetesting.com

  • Select “Take A Test”
  • Select “Click Here” for the option to “officially test for your school/teaching certification and/or for any other related licensure program…”
  • Select “Buy a Test,” then “Get Started”
  • 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”
  • Select the Reading, Writing, Listening bundle; at the bottom, hit Continue
  • Select Center for Arabic Study Abroad and the box to use same proc for all tests
  • Select your time zone; select February 8 and 10, 2017 for your dates and 9am – 3pm for your times (don’t worry if these times aren’t exactly correct and be aware that you may have to repeat this process 3 times for the 3 different exam sections.)
  • Continue to complete the payment information and you should be all set!

Once you have registered, your login information will be sent to CASA.  It will be sent to your proctor prior to the exam along with any further instructions. Your proctor will be in touch with you directly about any logistics for the day of your exam (i.e. location, things you may need to bring – laptop, earphones, food for breaks).  

The CASA Selection Exam will be administered as follows with a total exam time of approximately 5 hours (not including breaks):

I. Writing Section (30 points) - Time:  up to 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.

Break time to be determined by proctor (recommended minimum is 10 minutes)

II. 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.

30-60 Minute Snack/Meal Break*
(*proctors may decide what works best for students)

III. 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.

Please note that students will complete these sections in varying lengths of time. If you are the only one taking the exam at your location, you and your proctor may proceed with the next section at your own pace.  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.