Reasons to develop this test:
Standardized tests are considered an evaluation and assessment tools, that reflect the development and advancement of societies; because it is usually created due to the need of attracting qualified individuals by the society's sectors and institutions. These institutions often prove their efficiency through the means of having their employees pass certain tests, which are based on scientific and objective standards. It is certain that teaching the Arabic language to non-native speakers has gone a long way in accumulating experience and success, and there is a need for an efficient and an objective way to assess the proficiency of a language for non-native speakers. When it comes to choosing process amongst the non-native speakers in some programs, it is usually done through the criteria of competitiveness, the existence of a standardized test that facilitates the selection process proved to be essential. These tests should also be developed by a specialized institution in the field of assessment. Thus, this specialized test has become the topping of the accumulated knowledge and long experience in teaching the Arabic language, it also adds a new dimension and an element of maturity and success to the process.
Targeted language proficiency level:
This test measures the student's efficiency and skills in listening, reading, and writing using standard Arabic. In general, the test concentrates on the academic part of the language more than the other communication skills. Hence, it is more in sync with the programs that are available in Arabic countries, it also helps in connecting the student to the current culture of the Arab world.
The Test consists of the following skillset:
- Reading comprehension. 40%
- Writing. 35%
- Listening comprehension. 25%
The test is divided into 6 parts, every part is 25 minutes long.
The reliability of the Arabic Language Test for Non-Native Speakers in its first draft 0.94; which means that this test has a high reliability rate.