Level Required for Acceptance
Hebrew is the language of instruction at the Hebrew University; therefore, a certain level of Hebrew language proficiency is a requirement for admission. This requirement applies to applicants for undergraduate, graduate, and supplementary programs as well as those with the status of "Special Student" (excluding MA programs taught in English).
A special track in the BA program in English is offered for applicants lacking Hebrew proficiency. Students will start with their program in English and improve their Hebrew during that year. The second major will be added in the second year, making it a four-year program.
Most departments require students to reach at least Hebrew level Dalet, or reach a score of at least 105 on the YAEL test, before commencing studies. Applicants who have not yet achieved the required level may have to delay commencement of their studies.
The following departments require a more advanced level of Hebrew:
Score Required on YAEL
Level required on Proficiency/Exemption Examination
General and Comparative Literature,
History of the Jewish People,
Bible, Hebrew Language, Hebrew Literature, Hebrew Language/Literature, Jewish Thought, Talmud and Halakha
All other departments
This test is offered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation and is given after the psychometric test in foreign languages but can also be taken by itself, on any of the sessions on which the Psychometric Entrance Test is offered. Results are published after about five weeks.
Registration for the test is on the website.
This test is a computerized version of the YAEL, excluding the writing assignment. The exam format is identical to the questions in the YAEL exam. Pencils are necessary for the writing assignment.
Registration is via the Personal Information website, approx.. one month before the test. Therefore, only active students or applicants of the Hebrew University can register for the test. The YAEL/YAELNET can be taken only once every 30 days.
Determining the level through the Rothberg International School is done in two stages: an internet Placement Test and a Proficiency or Exemption Test - according to the level achieved on the Placement Test. The proficiency Test will determine meeting Hebrew requirements.
This test determines the level for the Proficiency test. The Placement test can be taken only once so students who are currently in an Ulpan should take the test towards the end of their Hebrew studies.
It is highly recommended to take the test no later than the beginning of August in order to avoid difficulties with course registration
There is no need to register for the test but the personal code is needed to take the test; therefore, it can be taken only after submitting the application and receiving a confirmation notice. Link to the test.
This test includes mainly a writing assignment, according to the level achieved on the Placement Test. determine their final level.
The Proficiency Test is offered every Monday and Wednesday between 9:00-13:00, not including holidays. The test takes up to 45 minutes.
There is no need to register in advance. The test is taken at the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction, Boyar Bldg., Mount Scopus, in rooms 444-447 or 434.
Applicants who reached the exemption level (P’tor) on the Placement Test may take the Exemption Examination but it is recommended that they verify their level through the Proficiency Test.
Candidates must register for the test at least two weeks in advance through the website or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Other Venues for Meeting Hebrew Requirements
- Holders of an Israeli Bagrut from a high school where the language of instruction is Hebrew.
- Applicants that received a minimum of 70 in Hebrew Language on the Israeli Bagrut.
- Applicants that took the Psychometric Entrance Test in Hebrew.
- Applicants that passed the Behina Yerushalmit.
- Applicants that received a minimum grade of 4 in Higher Level Hebrew A on the I.B. Diploma.
Applicants that received a minimum grade of 4 in Standard Level Hebrew will need to take the Exemption Test but do not need the Placement test in advance.
The Hebrew University will only grant a degree to students who have received an exemption (P’tor) from Hebrew language studies (excluding the MA programs taught in English).
Therefore, students who have not received an exemption (P’tor) by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction (and did not get the required score on the YAEL test), must take Hebrew language classes in addition to their normal academic course load during their first year of studies. This should be taken into account when planning one's schedule, especially in MA programs that organize their courses in one or two weekly days.
As a rule, all students must pass the Hebrew Language Exemption Examination before the beginning of their second year of studies. Those required to study Hebrew language during their second year must obtain special permission from the faculty and pay an additional fee.
Students who reached level Dalet on the Proficiency Test and started taking Hebrew classes, will be able to take the YAEL/YAELNET test an any stage during the first year in order to meet Hebrew requirements.
Students accepted with level Dalet Hebrew, might not be able to carry a full course load, especially if they need to study both Hebrew and English in their first year of undergraduate studies. Such students may need an additional year to complete their degree program.
Information about Ulpanim
The Rothberg International School holds an intensive Hebrew language course during the Summer Ulpan, which will be held July 27 - September 16, 2018.
Further details can be found on the website.