This page provides information on the final exam for UvA Talen Arabic 5 and was last updated on 19 February 2019.
The exam covers Mastering Arabic 2, units 5 through 8, and contains the following elements:
- Vocabulary. You will be presented with around ten sentences with blanks in them. You will need to select words out of a list and write them in the correct blanks. Although the vocabulary will be drawn from all four units covered, the format of this section will resemble the exercise on page 75 in your textbook.
- Grammar. You will be presented with a number of sentences (no more than ten) in which you need to put the verb in the correct form. This exercise will thus resemble the one on page 50 in format. The verbs will be drawn from all four units covered. The required form may either be in the present/future tense or the past tense. A few additional questions be asked involving other points of grammar covered in units 5 through 8.
- Writing. You will be asked to write a letter or email message to a friend describing a recent trip you have taken. You may be asked to include a particular point, such as a problem you had at the hotel. Your text should be around 40–60 words long. There are several letters and messages in Mastering Arabic 1 that you can use to practise.
- Listening comprehension. You teacher will read aloud a short text three times. It will be based on material covered in units 5 through 8. You will be asked to answer a few questions about the text in either English or Dutch.
- Speaking. Imagine that you are in Cairo for two weeks and then suddenly decide that you want to take a little side-trip to Aswan (the southernmost city in Egypt). In this role play, you will go to a travel agent, played by your instructor, to book transportation and a hotel. Think ahead about the sorts of things you will need to explain, such as the mode of transportation, how much you want to spend, how long you want to stay, and who you are travelling with. Your travel agent may be a bit nosy, asking why you are making certain choices and what you plan to do and see in Aswan. Note that the speaking skills portion of the exam may be held on a different day than the main part of the test.
You can also visit a page with general information on UvA Talen courses Arabic 4, 5, and 6.