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Saudi Arabia launches first-of-its-kind standardized test for non-native Arabic speakers

JEDDAH: The Education and Training Assessment Commission of Saudi Arabia has launched, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, a first-of-its-kind Arabic language proficiency test for non-native Arabic speakers.

Presented by the King Salman World Academy for the Arabic Language, the test aims to help strengthen the role of the Arabic language regionally and globally by encouraging and supporting its use, to help achieve the goals of the development agenda. and diversification Vision 2030 of the Kingdom.

In a message posted on his official Twitter account, Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan wrote: “The #ArabicCompetencyTest comes as an extension of the Kingdom’s vital role in serving the Arabic language and strengthening of his position. #SaudiVision2030 »

The test is designed for non-native Arabic language students at Saudi, regional and international universities, and organizations that recruit non-native Arabic speakers, to help increase ability and proficiency levels in the language.

Prince Badr, who is also Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, said those who take the test will receive a certificate attesting to their Arabic language skills and proficiency, similar to those provided by the English test as foreign. Language and International English Language Testing System.

Osama Ghanem Al-Obaidy, counselor and professor of law at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, told Arab News that the test will play a major role in developing the language skills of non-native Arabic speakers who wish to enroll in Arabic universities or work in an Arab country.

“This proficiency test will help measure the ability of non-native Arabic speakers to study and specialize in the Arabic language or related fields, or even study other major Arabic language subjects such as religion, history and law, to ensure that these students and scholars are linguistically qualified enough to study or even teach any area of ​​the Arabic language,” he said.

In accordance with the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the launch of the test on June 12 aims to establish a standardized test to measure the level of all the skills in Arabic language, in reading, writing, listening and speaking, in the compliance with international best practices.

“The efforts of the academy and this test will enhance the role of the Arabic language locally, regionally and globally, and add more value to the linguistic significance of Arabic and Islamic culture,” Al-Obaidy said.

The test is considered the first of its kind because there was previously no reliable standardized assessment of skills for non-native Arabic speakers at this proficiency level. The test was compiled by a group of leading academics, experts in applied linguistics, and measurement and evaluation professionals.

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