A1 Elementary

A1 Abjad Cert: Self-assessment grid
(CEFR 3.3)

Key facts
CEFR level: A1 What's this?
Test format: Paper or Computer based
Test length: About 1 hour

To take the exam you should be able to:



I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.


I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.


Spoken Interaction

I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I'm trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.

Spoken Production

I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.


I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

Who should take this exam?

An A1 certificate shows that you can:

  • understand basic instructions
  • understand basic notices, instructions or information
  • complete basic forms and write notes, including times, dates and places.


Reasons to choose A1 certificate:

  • The test uses realistic everyday situations to bring learning to life.
  • The test covers all major varieties of Arabic (e.g. Magreb, Egypt, South Arabia, Syria, Emirates, etc.).
How does the exam process work?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading, Writing and the Listening papers, as well as the Speaking on the same day. The exam is available in computer-based format.

Abjad Cert
Reading and WritingListeningSpeaking
Time30 minutes15 minutes 15 minutes
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