KHDA Test: Tokens of Advice


Note: This Page is created on Friday, 4th December 2015/22 Safar 1437, with an intention to serve those who want to appear for the KHDA’s Islamic Education Test as well as for those who want to enhance their teaching-learning skills in Islamic Studies in the UAE.

Update: 20th February 2018: Read the Interview experience by Sr.Ahana here or scroll down to have a glance at it 🙂 Jazakillaahu Khayra Teacher Ahana for sparing your time to guide others.

Added on 18th Feb. 2018: 1) KHDA Test points  2) KHDA Exam Paper – Dec   3) KHDA Test Video Notes

Update 14th Dec. 2015: Please scroll below to read the news shared by Mrs. Farhana Erum.

Tokens of Advice

Dear Readers and Teachers,
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
If you are looking out on how to improve or upgrade your teaching skills in the Islamic Education or if you are new to this field and you desire to fulfill the need of excelling in KHDA assessment, then you are on the right page . 

InshaAllaah you will come across some guidelines that will highlight the best practices the KHDA is looking forward across schools in U.A.E.

The schools across the country are trying to meet the expected requirements of the KHDA Bureau since expo 2020 in order to improve the system in education sector. Long term meetings, inspections around schools in Dubai and other Emirates is conducted yearly to ensure that good teaching and learning is evident in other subjects followed by Arabic and Islamic Education lessons. 

Apart from this , all prospective teachers are expected to pass a set of rigorous tests and interviews designed by the KHDA to analyse the teacher’s subject knowledge, understanding of teaching methods and practical lesson planning skills, as a result entitling them to attain teacher’s license, likewise specialized doctors need to pass MOH exam in order to attain license to practice. 

The conclusion gathered from the yearly inspection regarding inculcating Islamic and Arabic lessons can be summarised as follows:

– Bring forth real-life learning approach among the students.
– Teachers need to possess ample knowledge about the Islamic culture, history and language .
– Highlight and preserve the local heritage. 
– Teachers must qualify in tajweed skills , recitation and memorisation to avoid any fault in pronunciation. 
– Strong subject knowledge: students ask questions that go beyond the theme line, then books in the libraries are teachers best friends.  Keep a list of important book sources for recommendation. This will inculcate reading skills.
– Link the subject with the history of the worlds- cross curriculum to ensure a balance of topics across year groups .
– For those teachers who teach secondary classes: emphasize on research projects which also raise the level of challenge.
– Create awareness on Islamic culture and living in the UAE (nationalization and Islamization)
– Creativity and Imaginary skills – Promote the lost art of calligraphy that will redefine and give life to it again. Give a task to create a logo for school using Arabic text, adding a meaning to it.
– Differentiation and opportunities for SEN students – devise a simple plan in accordance with their IEP (Individual Education Plan)
– Inculcate stories of Prophets and understanding of women’s rights within different religion and in grasping the importance placed by Islamic teaching on mercy and care for all the creatures. 
– Map out the students experiences of Islam and assess the understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures.
These tokens of sincere advice, naseehah, will help you focus on some essential areas and guide you build the foundation and fulfill the criteria of KHDA’s policies and expectations.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Religion is Naseehah (sincerity)”. The companion asked ” To whom?” He (Peace be upon him) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folks.”
Here you are free to give your feedback and suggestions and share your experiences or ask questions, InshaaAllah. 
JazaakumAllahu Khayr
Sana’a K. Huseyn
Advisor and Teacher

Teacher Farhana Erum shares the following info:

1. KHDA has earmarked the months of November, March and May of May, September and December for Written Test on Islamic Education for the teachers of Islamic Studies.
You can take up the test in either of the three months but once you clear the written test, you will have to appear for the Oral Test which includes a few oral questions and the recitation of the Qur’an according to Tajweed.
There is no limit for the candidate. He or she has the option to re-appear for the written test should he/she fail in the first or second attempt.
2. Candidate appearing for KHDA is expected to know the following:
He/She should be able to recite the Qur’an with tarteel and tajweed.
  • Study the suwar  in the books prescribed by U.A.E  1-12, Translation and Explanation
  • The Qu’ran , the Hadith and other Sources of Islamic LawThe Life, Teaching and Achievements of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • The Qu’ran: History of compilation
  • The Kalimah and the Duties of the Believer
  • The Rightly-Guided Caliphs
  • The Wives and Children of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • The Companions, Emigrants and Helpers.
  • Statements of Belief and Principles of Religion Kalimah/ Arkanul Islam, Arkanul Imaan
  • Belief in and the concept of Day of Judgement
  • Belief in Prophethood and the finality of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • Practical Aspects of the Religious Teaching
  • Ethical Teaching

Thank you.

🙂 You can find loads of information here given by Sr. Shama 🙂

Interview Experience of Teacher Ahana Ashraf:

Assalamu Alaykum Warahmathullahi Wabarakatuhu……….

In sha Allah, I will brief about my experience while facing the KHDA interview that was held on 27th November 2017.

First they asked about my experience and my qualification in Islamic and about the university from which I pursued my degree. There were two interviewers, the first one asked questions based on Islamic while the other one handled questions based on the teaching strategies, techniques and the learning processes.

A few of the questions related to the Subject, Islamic Studies, were:

  1. To look and recite any Surah and find out any three tajweed rules from it.
  2. About the people who are eligible for getting zakah, To name the eight categories.
  3. The types of sunnah.
  4. To give an example for Sunnah Taqririyyah.

Questions related to Teaching Strategies were:

  1. To explain about the latest workshop that I have attended and how I have benefited from it and how did I incorporate that in my class to enhance my teaching.
  2. How to prepare a lesson plan with the new strategies in teaching.
  3. To name some new strategies which I have adopted in my class and how did I implement them.
  4. If you plan to start the class with a quiz and if most of the class has attained the objectives of that class, Will you still stick on to the lesson plan which you have prepared?

These all are the questions that I remember for the time being. In sha Allah, will update soon if I recollect any……

Jazakallaahu Khayran Kaseera.

Ahana ِAshraf,

Islamic Education Teacher, Dubai.

20th February 2018.

Visit: KHDA website

Note: If any teacher wishes to share his/her KHDA experience with others, he/she is most welcome to do so.

I am grateful to all teachers for taking time to pen down their KHDA observations and experiences.

71 thoughts on “KHDA Test: Tokens of Advice

  1. Assalamu alaykum

    Are there any guidelines as to what needs to be included in the Islamic Department files that the inspectors will need to evaluate the school.

    • Wa Alaikumus salam Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
      Subhanallah, this morning I was thinking of your respected dad and now I got your comment.
      Wanted to contact you to fix a meeting with Janab M A Aziz sahib InshaaAllah.
      Dear sister, when we had ADEC Inspection we were told to keep certain things in the file, and out of my own discretion added certain other things:
      1. Event/Academic Calendar
      2. School’s Vision and Mission
      3. HOD’s Job Description (In HOD’s file – if given by school)
      4. List of Department Members (HOD file)
      5. Time Table: Self and Department Members (HOD file)
      6. ACTION PLAN
      7. Ministry Curriculum
      8. Curriculum Overview, for all grades
      9. Record of Departmental Activities
      10. Department Meetings and Minutes
      11. Lesson Plans
      12. Worksheets
      13. Classroom Observation Record
      14. Students’ Progress Over Time
      15. Note Book/Workbook Checking Record
      16. PTM Record
      17. Parent-Teacher Communication Record (in case of LA and any indiscipline/misconduct)
      18. List of Student Participation/Achievement in Inter/Intra School Activities
      19. Miscellaneous Record

      If you have made Hifdh Portion, keep that as well.

  2. I need all use full requirement for kindergarten.Syllabus, activities,method and requirements for the teachers

  3. Assalamu Alaikum
    Could you please help me ? I have KHDA test and I am teaching non Arab , What are the topics you advice me to study related to educational questions.
    And could any one send me a sample for lesson plan and a worksheet including high level students, low level students and SEN please?
    Jazakum Allah khayran
    pleaaaaase I am confused

    or if there is any institute which give private classes for us as teacher to help us doing perfect lesson plans and worksheets

  4. Asalamu alaykum
    Could you please answer on my question? Must I have Islamic degree if I want to apply for the KHDA assessment as Islamic teacher for Non-Arab ?

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      Tell your school to apply for you.
      Islamic or Arabic degree is required.
      They consider the case if you do well in the KHDA test.
      Hope you are satisfied with the reply.
      Baarakallaahu feekum.

    • Sorry, this is a question itself,

      Is there any way that a teacher can apply for KHDA test, privately.
      As I am a resident of Sharjah. and I want to apply……

  5. Assalamu Alaikum, Jazakallah for the detailed info. However, the written exam was conducted in April 2016 instead of May. I dont know whether this is temporary arrangement or permanent change in exam schedule.

    Alhamdu lillah. I have passed the written exam in second attempt and looking forward for the interview.

    I have two questions.

    1. Apart from reciting the Quran with tajweed and tartheel in interview exam, will they ask the same kind of questions from the syllabus of written exam?.

    2. Will they ask to conduct a demo class infront of them?

    Expecting your valuable reply. Thanks in advance. Jazakallah

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.
      1. Not necessarily the same type of questions. Questions related to Aqeedah and the moderate approach of Islam are also asked.
      2. No. They can judge from the way the one answers to their questions, and conducts oneself in the interview.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

    • Assalamu alaikum Mustafa,

      Do you remember the exact date when the written and oral KHDA exams were conducted. Actually, I passed the exam Al Hamdulillah same in April 2016 but now need the dates for a school process.

      Jazak Allahu khairan

  6. assalamwalyum plz can u tell me where do I give my exam….I want to be an Islamic teacher….is b.ed important for an Islamic teacher.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      It should be through the school the candidate works at.
      B.Ed. is not necessary but will be an added advantage.

  7. Salam w alikum
    Brother mirci mustufa you cleared your exam. Congratulation. Will you please help others to share the questions you got it in the exam.
    Jazakallah khair

  8. aslam o alikum
    I want to ask is it necessary to have a master degree to be an Islamic teacher for non Arabs or having Islamic as a subject in graduation is also enough

  9. Assalam alaikum mashallah u all r v helpful.
    i want to ask is it necessary to attempt test .i mean even approved teachers.n really in sharjah i did not hear yyyy my school did not inform us to prepare for that . Alhumdulillah here always i get all information.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      No, for Sharjah teachers this KHDA test is not necessary. It is only for Dubai schools.
      Jazakillaahu Khayra for your appreciation.
      It’s all by grace and blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala.

  10. Asslamualikum brother thanks for the wonderful and marvelous information it is really helpful for islamic teacher i am a teacher in Abu Dhabi school and recently got approval from ADEC as an islamic teacher AlhumdulilAllah. i have not only masters degree in islamic studies also have B.ed in islamic studies.

    i need some samples of lesson plans and worksheets for primary sections and resources too

  11. Salam 3laikum! can anyone please tell me about the resources from where I can study for the KHDA Islamic exam It would be great help! JazakAllah!

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa Rahmatullah
      How are you, Sister?
      Welcome here after a long time.
      About resources, whatever you see in the Page above thats all we have.
      If more teachers share their experiences, it would be helpful to others InshaaAllah.
      May Allah ease your way.

  12. Assalamu alaikum brother. I would like to ask you a question, please let me know if you are aware of this information. If someone is looking for an assistant Islamic Studies teacher to teach at a school in Dubai, does this assistant teacher also need to give KHDA exam or are they exempt from it? If so, what are the qualification requirements by KHDA for such? BA Islamic Studies? JazakAllahu khairan.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa Rahmatullaah.
      whatever the designation, all those teaching Islamic Studies must have a recognized degree in the subject and must take the KHDA test.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

  13. assalam o alaikum
    I am going to appear for Islamic Test in Sharjah Ministry.can anyone guide me what kind of test it would be (written, interview or both) and what type of questions they usually ask?

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.

      In Sharjah, MORE EMPHASIS is given for the Qur’an Recitation and ARE VERY STRICT with TAJWEED RULES.
      You need to first concentrate on this to qualify yourself for approval.
      All the best.

  14. Dear brother
    I am a Holy Quran teacher in Dubai. may I know about KHDA test I should to apply for test or not
    because i am teaching holy quran. it’s necessary for me or only for islamiic st teacher.
    plz reply me thank you.
    fazal khan

  15. assalam o alaikum w w
    Brother i am teacher of holy quran in a school and teaching there holy quran that’s why i need information.
    thank you.
    fazal khan

  16. assalam Alaikum brother
    is it compulsory to apply for KHDA test from school we can’t apply directly?as m teaching in Sharjah school but wanna appear in test,

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      it is for Dubai schools, not sharjah.
      and it is only through schools in dubai one can apply, not directly.

  17. Assalamo Alaikum,
    Is there any way to appear in KHDA Islamic exam when you are working in Sharjah (other than Dubai) and you want to go for exam??
    As I am approved by the MoE but want to do more like KHDA standard approval….

  18. This site is so inspiring ,infact helping others in so many ways.I really appreciate the teachers and specially Mr.Muqeeth for such a rewarding work.I also want to meet Mr.Muqeeth to discuss about the new books .May Allah accept your devotion .

    • Alhamdulillaah for everything.
      As you start the books, you yourself with ideas as to how to make it better inshaaAllah.
      Any queries you can send as comment InshaaAllah, and i’ll do my best to respond inshaaAllah

  19. Assalam o Alaikum ,
    I am going to appear the khda test in this month as told by the school,can anyone guide me and any suggestion for me to clear the test. I also request you all tp pray for me .Jazakallah

  20. Assalamoalaikum,
    How r u brother,just want to ask if one can go for the khda test as many times or there are only two chances for one to clear this Islamic test.

  21. السلام عليكم ورحمة اللّٰه وبركاته
    My respected brother,
    I need to clarify some doubts.
    May I get your email address.

  22. Assalamualaikum,
    I want to ask ,any Institute in uae so we can complete our Islamic studies by approved khda I am working asis teacher because I have only aalima 3years course from India but that khda did not. Accept they’s from madrasa but how to improve and get proper degree in islamic studies as india doesnot have any univercity please help me ….. how to get?

  23. Assalam o Alaikum dear brothers and sisters plz i have question. question is this if i have different students from different religions or like sunnah and shia what i do? plz answer me thanks.

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaah.
      Sunnah?? It is Sunni.
      This Sunni and Shia problem should not be raised in the class. Simply follow the Ministry books and teach them without discussing on the issues of Shia and Sunni. This will not serve the purpose.
      Even the Shia students must learn from the Books prescribed by the Ministry. While teaching, please discuss in a positive way without going into sectarian differences. This is very important to instill positivity among students.

  24. Assalam o Alaikum dear brothers and sisters plz i have question.question is this if i have different students from different religions what i do? plz answer me thanks.

  25. Is teaching certificate compulsory for teaching ISlamic studies if yes then which institute do u advice in Dubai to get the certification/diploma? And is Khda test only for teachers in school ? What about the teachers who are searching for jobs can they register themselves for the khda test?

    • 1. Teaching certificate is being streamlined in the UAE by the Ministry of Education through the introduction of Teachers Licensing System.
      You can find the details here:
      2. KHDA test is only for teachers. This test can be taken only through respective schools.
      3. If you are in search of teaching job, then please find a suitable placement first, InShaaAllah. You will get to know many things about these tests inshaaAllah.
      4. All the Best.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

  26. Assalam Alaikum warahmatullah
    Alhumdulillah i passed pedagogy exam but any idea do we have subject exam if yes what is the exam portion.

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaah.
      Till now, we have no info about Specialization test in Islamic….if anything is there, i will post it inShaaAllah.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

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