Guidelines for the home exam in ARA1010

Date:           4th of December 2020

Platform:     Inspera

What to review for the exam: Unit 1-10 in Alif Baa, L1 in Al-Kitaab – Part One + the Quizlet sets + Quiz 1&2 + Canvas worksheets + Grammar lessons and quizzes.

Duration:    3 hours.


Before the examination day of the home examination on 4th of December:

Please carefully read the Exam Office's instructions regarding uploading pictures of handwriting and submitting an audio recording.


The digital examination

This final assessment aims to test your ability to use language that has been learned and practiced within familiar contexts. We want you to remember that success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, and, most of all, love what you are doing or learning to do. We want you to be your true authentic selves and try to complete your home exam without any external resources or aids. Keep in mind that any attempt in cheating will have severe consequences—most severe perhaps: if you are cheating, you are cheating yourself, and the effects of this will show after Corona.

The exam will have four major components:

I Dictation  •  II Vocabulary  •  III Grammar  •   IV Speaking.

For the dictation

You will have to listen to Arabic words and phrases three times. You decide the pause time between each listening. 


In this section, you will have two exercises. In the first one, you need to choose the word you hear, and in the second one, you need to write short phrases with your own hand on a sheet of paper, then take a picture with your mobile phone and upload the picture to Inspera. (Please check the instructions sent by the exam office).


For the vocabulary

You will have to complete different types of questions, such as “Fill in the blanks”, “Drag and Drop” and “Writing”.

In this section, you will have three exercises that focus mainly on using the vocabulary in a familiar context. Under each question, we will indicate if you need to complete it in Inspera or need to add an oral or written submission.

Strategies to remember

  • Take your time to make sure you understand exactly what you have to do. Always read the questions carefully.
  • When you fill a blank, you should read everything first to get an idea about the context. Then focus on the sentence around the blank to decide which word you are going to use.
  • In one of the exercises, we may ask you to write a paragraph. Important grammatical categories to keep in mind while answering are:
  • noun-adjective agreement
  • subject-verb agreement
  • possessive pronouns / subject pronouns


For the grammar

  • In this section you will need to answer different questions about grammatical concepts!
  • Be sure to review all the grammar lessons, including the ones of the first grammar week (with Stephan Guth)


For the speaking

You will be asked to record a short audio, using your own voice. To do this in Inspera,

  • first, read the task carefully;
  • then, make a draft containing the key points you want to make in your recording;
  • go back to the task and make sure that your draft addresses the points you are asked to say something about.
  • then record your statement, following the instructions listed in the Exam Office email.
  • feel free to use عامية or فصحى, but try to be as truthful as possible to the register you choose.
  • while recording, do not be afraid to make mistakes – this is only natural! Simply correct yourself as soon as you notice that something wasn’t correct. The correction will show us that you are aware of how it should be. J 
  • use the vocabulary of Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab.
  • It is recommended not to spend more than 25 minutes on this task.



Key points to keep in mind:

  • Besides each task, we will mention if you need to write directly in Inspera or upload pictures of your handwriting.
  • Manage your time wisely so you will have time to complete all the tasks!

We do recommend spending:

20–25 mins

on part



50–60 mins

on part



60 mins

on part



25 mins

on part



total:  160/170 mins.






Good luck with the exam!

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Publisert 1. des. 2020 14:41 - Sist endret 1. des. 2020 14:41