Archive for May 9, 2019

GCSE Arabic Tips | A Mini Student Guide to Arabic GCSE

This information is suitable for the current year as well as future years subject to any changes by Pearson-Edexcel.


gcse arabic tips


  1. Once you know you are doing the exam and have been registered for the exam at your school or centre then you should find out when the exam dates are for each unit. Prepare for each unit according to which comes first. So this would be 1-speaking, 2-listening, 3-reading and 4-writing.
  2. The new speaking unit was first introduced for the 2019 exam series. It consists of two tiers, foundation tier (2f) and higher tier (2h).  Each tier comes with its own sequencing grid. The sequencing grid is important as it shows you the order of the themes, the cards that you should be suing and the order for multiple candidates.
  3. Do make sure to sign and date all forms that are relevant to the teacher/examiner as well as the student/candidate. Read the administrative support guide for further details. The two main forms are forms CN2 and CS2 but you will also need to look at the checklist for the speaking assessment on how to conduct the exam.
  4. Make sure that when you are speaking during the exam that you can see a clock to gauge how long you are speaking for. Each of the three tasks has separate, minimum timings that should not be less than or more than those times.
  5. Talk to your language department ar school, your exam centre, your Arabic tutors and your parents to coordinate dates and make sure that each step of the process has been covered and that you are ready.
  6. You can get further GCSE Arabic tips from our online GCSE Arabic tutor/examiner but do contact us first to arrange a lesson. We run right through the summer holidays and have reduced rates during the summer for new clients.
  7. There are many tutors on various tutor websites offering Arabic lessons and these lessons can help you boost your Arabic but do not think that all Arabic teachers can guide you through the new GCSE Arabic exam. We have first-hand experience of the old GCSE Arabic specification as well as the new one.
  8. Many are still confused as to whether they can get a GCSE in Arabic now that things have changed and are wondering what their chances are. We recommend an online assessment before any lessons and before committing yourself to something that someone else wants you to do.
  9. We say this all the time but if all the Arabic that you know is the Quran and some alphabets then this by itself is not sufficient preparation.
  10. Not everyone is good with Arabic pronunciation so the more you practise the basics, the alphabets, the better for you in the long run. If your accent is too stiff or your tongue is inflexible then you might need to stay with the basics a little bit longer.