C1 Advanced

C1 Abjad Cert: Self-assessment grid
(CEFR 3.3)

Key facts
CEFR level: C1 What's this?
Test format: Computer based
No. of papers:
Test length: About 4 hour

To take the exam you should be able to:


I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly. I can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.


I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.


Spoken Interaction

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken Production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.


I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select style appropriate to the reader in mind.

Who should take this exam?

An C1 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 C1 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 four parts to the exam. You will complete the Reading and Use of Arabic, Writing, and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners. The exam is available in computer-based format.

Abjad Cert
Reading and Use
of Arabic Dialects
Time1 hour 30 minutes1 hour 30 minutes30 minutes30 minutes
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