Arabic Exemption Exam

Arabic Exemption Exam Policy Applies to:

Eligibility criteria to sit in the Arabic Exemption Exam

  1. Native or near-native speaker of Arabic language and
  2. Studies done till High School in Arabic Medium

Arabic Exemption Exam Policy:

A native or near-native speaker of Arabic language who has completed his high school education in Arabic may be eligible for a Exemption Exam waiver from IOU Arabic courses and will select courses from IOU waiver replacement courses instead. In order to determine exemption student must take an Arabic Exemption Exam and based on the achieved results, he may be exempted totally or with certain conditions. For more information, please see the Passing grades table below.


The exam is divided into two parts as follows:


The Arabic Exemption Exam is subject to a $20 flat fee. It is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstance. Only one attempt is allowed for the exam. If the student misses the exam for the applied semester without a valid reason, he or she will have to pay the fees again the following semester.

BAIS Passing Grades Table:

Grade Exemption
90-100% Student is eligible for the waiver and can choose from among the electives.
80-89% In order to receive exemption from IOU Arabic courses student has to take Balagha Arabic course (Arabic 401).
60-79% In order to receive exemption from IOU Arabic courses student has to take the last three Arabic courses.

Procedure for Arabic Exemption Exam:

  1. Click here to apply for the Arabic Exemption Exam.
  2. Once you have paid for the test, you will be enrolled into the Arabic Exemption Exam.
Books to prepare for the exams are provided in the Arabic Exemption Exam Course.
Fall 2016 Arabic Exemption Exam Dates:
Written Exam commences on January 24, 2017, 12:05 AM
Written Exam ends on January 30, 2017, 6:00 PM
Oral Exam commences on February 1, 2017, 12:05 AM
Oral Exam ends on February 5, 2017, 6:00 PM

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