The International Certificate for Proficiency in Arabic “CIMA”

CIMA stands for “Certificat International de Maîtrise en Arabe”, or International Certificate for Proficiency in Arabic. Developed by the Arab World Institute in close partnership with the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP), it is the first internationally recognised certification that assesses your proficiency in modern standard Arabic.


Whereas there are official certificates for all other languages, for example, the TOEIC or TOEFL for English, the TCF for French, and the DELE for Spanish, until now there was no certificate for Arabic. A certificate is an important tool for businesses, organisations, and training centres, and it is an essential step in structuring and assessing the quality of language teaching.


In line with its goal to enhance mastery of the Arabic language, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) has partnered with the Arab World Institute and Alliance Française to make the CIMA certification available to UAE exam takers.

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