AAU English Placement Test


What is the AAU Placement Test?

The purpose of the placement test is to assess the English proficiency of AAU freshmen who do not have a valid English language proficiency score (IELTS/TOEFL). The placement test is administered at the beginning of every semester. It covers all language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. It also assesses the student’s knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.


English Language Proficiency and English Language Level Regulations

With the exception of the College of Law and the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies program, the English language is the medium of instruction at AAU. A student who has not submitted an English Language Proficiency Certificate with his/her application needs to sit for the AAU English Placement Test. Based on the results of the test, the student will be placed in one of the English language levels. In addition to the language level courses, a student is allowed to register for General University Requirements as follows:

  1. If the student obtains the required English Language Proficiency certificate while studying at any of the levels prescribed, he/she may drop the language level taking into consideration AAU regulations and the academic calendar.
  2. If the student obtains a result in the placement test that exempts him/her from taking a language level, he/she is allowed to register for any of the General University courses for up to a maximum of 18 credit hours.
  3. A student may not study more than 18 credit hours before obtaining the required English Language Proficiency certificate.

For the College of Law students and those enrolled in the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies program, if a student fails to obtain the required grade in the placement test, he/she is required to register for the Intensive Remedial English course. He/she can also register for up to 9 credit hours along with the Intensive Remedial English (IRE) Course.

Placement Test Schedule: Ongoing throughout the beginning of the semester