English Language

 

Comparison Table Between Tests
Meeting English Proficiency Requirements
English Courses


Level Required for Acceptance

Since many required reading texts are written in English, proficiency in the English language is an admission requirement to the Hebrew University. This requirement applies to applicants for undergraduate, graduate and supplementary programs as well as those with the status of "Special Students". English levels at the Hebrew University (by ascending order): Pre-Basic A, Pre-Basic B, Basic, Lower Advanced, Upper Advanced, Exemption.

Required English Level

Programs of Study

Basic

Minimum language requirement for admission to most departments at the undergraduate level. Candidates at lower levels are not accepted to degree studies at the Hebrew University and receive notification to this effect in their rejection letter.

Lower Advanced

Undergraduate Studies: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Revivim Program

Graduate Studies: Most departments.

Upper Advanced

Undergraduate Studies: Linguistics (based on test alone), Bio-Medical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Medication Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy

Graduate Studies: Bio-Medical Sciences in Dental Medicine, MBA, Pharmacy, International MPH, International MScAgr, International MA programs in the Rothberg International School, Blended MA in Jewish Education

Exemption

Undergraduate Studies: English 

Graduate Studies: English, Contemporary German Studies, Bio-Medical Sciences, Glocal Community Development Studies, Bogen Program in Economics

 

Comparison Table: Recognized Tests vs. Hebrew University Levels

Hebrew University English Level

Psychometric Subsection/
Amiram Test

NITE  Amir Test

TOEFL

Internet-based test

IELTS
Academic Format

European Common Reference Levels (official certificate from European universities)

SAT Critical Reading Score or Evidence-Based Reading &  Writing

Exemption

Above 133

Above 233

100

7.5

C1

670

Upper Advanced

120-133

220-233

90

6.5

B2

600

Lower Advanced

100-119

200-219

80

6

B1

500

Basic (minimum acceptance level)

85-99

185-199

70

5.5

B1

450

Pre-Basic B

70-84

170-184

Additional summer courses or tests required before admission

Pre-Basic A

Below 70

Below 170


 

How to Meet English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants will be exempt from the study of English if they completed a full course of study at an institution where the language of instruction is English or a degree program in English Language and/or Literature or if they have a grade of 7 in English A at Higher Grade on the IB.

English proficiency is measured mainly by the English language subsection of the Psychometric Test, the NITE Amir or Amiram Test (computerized Amir). Other tests are also accepted, as detailed on the table.

Please note: Candidates are advised to take the relevant test even if they have not yet been accepted, in order to avoid missing an application deadline. They are urged to take the test as early as possible so that they can take a summer English course if necessary.

 

Test

Explanation

Dates

Registration Information

Amir

The Amir Test is under the supervision of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE).
Results are automatically forwarded to the University, according to the candidate's Israeli ID/Passport number, approximately five weeks after the test.

28-29.3.2018

5-6.7.2018

3-4.9.2018

7.9.2018

7,9.12.2018

Through the website.

Amiram

Computerized test. Result are given to student on the spot and are forwarded to the university within two weeks. The Amir/Amiram test can be taken once every 30 days.

8.2.2018

21.2.2018

6.3.2018

12.3.2018

26.3.2018

30.4.2018

7.5.2018

22.5.2018

12.6.2018

27.6.2018

2.7.2018

24.7.2018

1.8.2018

14.8.2018

20.8.2018

3.102018

4.10.2018

8.102018

10.10.2018

11.10.2018

 

Registration is done on the Personal Information website. Therefore, only active students and applicants of the Hebrew University can register for the test.

TOEFL

An American test recognized worldwide and can be taken worldwide. IBT test scores are given on a scale of 0-120.
We do not accept scores of TOEFL ITP.

Various dates throughout the year, according to country/region

Through the website.
Hebrew University code for ordering official scores: 0206. Upload a copy of the results to the application form or send a copy to us and we will verify them directly with ETS.

IELTS

British test recognized worldwide and can be taken worldwide. Academic IELTS scores are given on a scale of 1-9.

Various dates throughout the year, according to country/region

Through the website. A copy of the Test Report Form must be uploaded to the application form or sent to us for verification.

 

  English Language Courses

Students must reach Exemption level by the beginning of their second year of study. English language studies on the “Upper Advanced” level taken during the first year of undergraduate studies do not require payment of an additional fee.

Students who must study both Hebrew and English in their first year of studies are usually not able to carry a full course load.

   The Hebrew University offers summer courses in reading English for academic purposes. Classes are held in either the morning or the afternoon, contingent upon sufficient registration, and may be taken concurrently with the Summer Ulpan. For details       see the Department of English as a Foreign Language website.

   In addition, applicants may take the open online courses designed by The Open University and offered on: study.onl.co.il. Following the courses, applicants will need to take one of the recognized exams.