Placement Exam

Placement is an assessment of a student's level of preparation within a given language. The purpose of the placement test is to help students enroll in a language course in which they have the appropriate skills and are most likely to improve their knowledge of the Arabic language. Please note that the placement test does NOT grant credit hours or grades and cannot be used to replace failing grades in any previously completed course. The placement test simply determines one’s proficiency level. In order to enroll in an Arabic language course, students who do NOT meet the exemption criteria below must take the placement test. The test will be administrated only at the assigned time and day specified below. No make-up tests will be given. Although they will not be officially enrolled, all students waiting for placement are required to attend all class meetings of their anticipated placement level Arabic course the first week of classes in order not to fall behind.

Who should take the placement test?   You must take the test if any of the following applies:

  • You know some Arabic (e.g. you studied Arabic previously, or Arabic was spoken in your family, or you can read and write some Arabic) and wish to take a UK Arabic course OR want to be placed out of the language requirement at UK.
  • You participated in an Arabic Language Study Abroad Program with the UK Education Abroad Office. You must see Professor Ghadir Zannoun, the Director of Arabic Language Instruction, if you wish to take a UK Arabic course when you return.
  • You participated in an education abroad program with institutions other than the UK Education Abroad Office. You must take the test if you wish to take a UK Arabic course when you return.
  • You are a native speaker of Arabic who graduated from a U.S. high school and would like to place out of the foreign language requirement.

Who should NOT take the placement test?   Do NOT take the test if any of the following applies:

  • You do not know any Arabic and wish to begin taking elementary Arabic courses (i.e., AIS 101).
  • You have a high school or college diploma from a country where Arabic is the official language.  This means you are coded as an International Student by the Office of the Registrar, and you do NOT want to enroll in a UK Arabic course.

Native speakers are ineligible to enroll in UK Arabic language courses. If you are not coded as an International Student by the Registrar’s Office and believe you should be, please contact the Registrar at 859-257-3161.

What if I want academic credit hours for my Arabic knowledge?

You do not need to take the placement test. You should take special department exams for credit. Please note that elementary and intermediate Arabic credit (AIS 101-202) is not available on the basis of a special examination. Credit is only provided for AIS311 and AIS312. Arabic native speakers may NOT take the special examination for Arabic language credit.

Do I need to sign up in order to take the test?

Please contact the Modern and Classical Languages department office to take the Arabic placement exam at 859-257-3761. Exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and will be given from 8:30AM-11AM and 1PM-4PM, set up in hourly increments. Upon arrival for the exam at room 1055 Patterson Office Tower, students must have their student ID card or a valid photo ID before the exam will be administered. Students will need to fill out a form to provide their name, student ID number, college, and their year of study (freshman, sophomore, etc.). The student will be given a unique username and password to login to take the exam. Upon completion of the exam, students will speak with Department Manager Katie Holzhause (or Liliana Drucker if Katie is not available), who will look up their score, provide the necessary overrides for registration, and submit the score into SAP by the following business day. Scores are available in MyUK on the student's unofficial transcript the following business day after taking the placement test. Students who have taken AP Arabic in high school must meet with Prof. Ghadir Zannoun, the coordinator of Arabic, to be placed in the appropriate Arabic course. 

Is there a fee for the test?

No fee is required if you are a UK student.

How should I prepare for the test?

The best way to prepare is to review what you have been taught.

When will the test results be available?

Scores are available in MyUK on the student’s unofficial transcript the following business day after taking the placement test.

You are subject to the university honor code when taking this test. It is important that you DO YOUR BEST on this exam. If it becomes evident later that you have intentionally done poorly on the test in order to place at a level lower than your actual level, you may face disciplinary actions for violating the Integrity Pledge.

I have taken the placement test before. How long is the test result valid?

The test result is valid only for one semester. If you do not enroll in the Arabic class the semester you take the placement test, you must take the placement test again if you decide to enroll in a future Arabic language class.

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