A question that we frequently get at Arabic Online is:

Can I get a certificate in Arabic or a qualification in Arabic?

The answer, of course, is yes. 

The next question is often, what kind of qualification? 

Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR).

With regard to language learning the international benchmark for assessing language learning achievements is the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). The CEFR is organised in levels, ranging from A1 to C2. Most learners at beginners level will aim for levels A1 and A2, where the focus is also on communication skills rather than academic study.

The advantage of the CEFR is that the levels reflect ability. As a learner, you are either A1 or you aren’t. If you can meet the requirements of A2, then you have achieved level A2, or you can say that your ability in a particular foreign language is level A2. 

The CEFR has a further advantage. It is widely recognised and accepted throughout Europe. This means that an employer, a college, an organisation will understand what your level of achievement is if it is described in terms of the CEFR.

Arabic Online offers a range of tests and certificates that are based on the levels of the CEFR. These tests are available to subscribers of our Premium Programme.

Digital certificates and digital badges for Arabic

We also offer both print and digital certificates on completion of a test. And there is a fundamental distinction between the two.

A print certificate is a document that certifies your achievement. It can be printed, framed or sent as a pdf. 

A digital certificate or a digital badge is an image of a certificate. However, the full details of the language learning achievement are embedded in the certificate, such as topics covered, course of study, length of study. It  can also be checked online by a prospective employer or interested third party by following the link provided with the digital certificate.

More information about our certificates can be found here.

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