The selection exam provides the CASA 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 applicants are required to take all sections of the exam, unless they are able to send us valid ACTFL scores from a recent test.  (Please note, this may be the last year that we allow recent exams to be used.)

CASA requires ACTFL scores for: 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. 


To request exam accommodations, please see the Test Accommodations page of the LTI website.  A minimum of 10 business days prior to the exam is required.

Exam Outline

The CASA Selection Exam includes the following (sections 1-3 will require a proctor):

I. 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.

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.

III. Writing Section (Hand written, 30 points) - Time:  approximately 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.

Please note that students will complete these sections in varying lengths of time. For those taking the exam with others, please remain patient and quiet while others are completing their exam.

IV. OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) - Time: 20-30 minutes
The OPI measures your Arabic speaking ability in an unscripted conversation over the phone or online platform. You will be able to schedule an appointment during a period of 3-4 weeks in January-February that will be updated on the Application Instructions page each year. 

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.

Exam Dates

The Selection Exam dates for 2020-21 program:

  • International Exams will be proctored on February 5, 2020*
  • Exams in the US or Canada will be proctored on January 31 or February 7, 2020* (date to be determined by proctors)

The Writing Section (handwritten) must be taken with an in-person proctor.  We encourage you to take the full exam with the in-person proctor.  However, if you need to take the Reading and Listening sections on your own with a remote proctor ($20 extra for each section), you may do so prior to or on the same deadline.  It is advised that you schedule the exam with enough lead time for retakes or rescheduling in case of technical issues or illness. Please confirm the date that works best with your proctor. 

Students should receive an email from their proctor 3-4 days prior to the exam to confirm the location and anything you may need to take the test. 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.

Registering for Exams

Note: The registration portal is being updated by the exam company. No Need to register for the exams yet! 

Please Note: Exam fees will be covered by applicants. The fee of $130 will be paid directly to ACTFL at the time of registration for the exam.

Please use the instructions below to register for all three exam sections.  (The Writing section requires 10 days advance registration prior to the date you wish to take the exam.  Reading and Listening sections require 3 days advanced registration.)

Go to:  URL will be placed here once exam logistics have been set up with the company

  1. Select “Search for your institution or school program" (in orange) in top right corner of the page
  2. Select “No” that you are not testing for State Teacher Certification
  3. Enter “Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)” (it should automatically come up as you type); click “Continue”
  4. Select Arabic from the drop down then “Continue”
  5. You will now see each exam section: Reading, Writing, Listening
  6. Select the Writing section, then press "Continue" at the bottom.
  7. Select the "CASA" proctor option (I will forward your writing exam information to your proctor that you listed in your application)
  8. Enter your exam date and start time. Pick any date for the back-up exam time.
  9. The next page will show your proposed exam date, time, and fees; select the option to "+Add a new Test"
  10. You will now see all 3 exam options again; select Reading or Listening and hit Continue
    • If you are not taking the Reading and Listening sections with your in-person proctor, make sure to select "Web-based Proctor" and they will assign someone to you on your preferred dates.
  11. Select your time zone and preferred date and time for the exam. 
  12. The next page will show your proposed exam date, time, and fees; select the option to "+Add a new Test" (to add the other section, Reading or Listening and follow the same steps as above)
  13. Once you have registered for the needed exams, select Continue to complete the payment information.
  14. For your Writing exam to be processed, you must complete the WPT online survey that will be emailed to you after you register.

PLEASE NOTE:  Once you register, keep an eye out for a message titled WPT online survey emailed to you from LTI.  This must be completed for your Writing Exam to be processed!  If you did not receive the survey via email, please call LTI to request it at 1-800-486-8444. Your proctor will be in touch with you directly about any logistics for the day of your exam.