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First Standardised Test for Non-Native Arabic Speakers

The King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language, in cooperation with Saudi Arabia’s Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC), presented the first standardized test to assess proficiency in Arabic.

The test aims to promote and support the use of the Arabic language regionally and globally to help achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

It will also function as a training tool for organizations that recruit non-native Arabic speakers employed in Arabic-speaking countries.

In line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standards, the test was designed to establish a standardized method to measure Arabic reading, writing, listening, and conversation skills, following the best international practices.

Saudi officials are concerned about the potential decline of Arabic as English is the widely used language for the 13.5 million foreign residents in Saudi Arabia. Previously, there was no standardized competency assessment for non-native Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia. The ministry launched this test with the help of a group of leading academics, experts in applied linguistics, and measurement and evaluation professionals.

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