A2 Pre-Intermediate

A2 Abjad Cert: Self-assessment grid
(CEFR 3.3)

Key facts
CEFR level: A2 What's this?
Test format: Paper or Computer based
No. of papers: 3
Test length: About 1 hour 30 minutes

To take the exam you should be able to:


I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping …). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.


I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.


Spoken Interaction

I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.

Spoken Production

I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.


I can write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.

Who should take this exam?

An A2 certificate shows that you can:

  • understand and use basic phrases and expressions
  • understand simple written Arabic
  • introduce yourself and answer basic questions about yourself

Reasons to choose A2 certificate:

  • Gain a valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide.
  • Improve your work, study and travel prospects.
  • Show that you have the basic language skills you need to communicate in Arabic.
How does the exam process work?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading and Writing, and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners. The exam is available in computer-based format.

Abjad Cert
Reading and WritingListeningSpeaking
Time1 hour20 minutes 10 minutes
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