A brief introduction booklet is provided to students which, in light of the Zikra discourse, elaborates on the theme of the examinations and provides avenues for student reflection and introspection. This introduction helps students comprehend the depth of the questions asked and adds focus and relevancy to their answers. Prior to them taking place, all question papers for the written examinations are presented to His Holiness for his approval. There are a total of eight written papers which cover the various subjects taught in Aljamea. In addition, students at stage four have one more exam on the subject of their specialisation. Questions stress the application of learning and critical thinking skills.
Although conducted primarily for Aljamea, this occasion has distinct eminence amongst the entire Dawoodi Bohra community. Aljamea, as one of its Arabic meanings suggests, gathers thousands of community members at Zikra and encourages their participation in the examinations. The structure of the examination is such that it offers an opportunity of learning for the strata of attendees and provides a venue to conduct programmes for many departments of Dawat-e-Hadiyah. There is even a separate set of written exams for faculty, alumni and members of the community to attempt in tandem with students of Aljamea. In this manner, al-Imtihān are much more than examinations in the conventional sense. They are a platform where the community unites to celebrate its collective identity and promote its various objectives.