English Language

 

English Language Examinations
Comparison Table Between Tests
English Requirements by Program
Additional Information


English Language Examinations

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.

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 only 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.

6-7.4.2020
2.7.2020
2-3.9.2020
11,13.12.2020

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.

Spring semester applicants:
3.2.2020
12.2.2020
18.2.2020
12.3.2020

2020/2021 academic year applicants:
22.3.2020         4.8.2020
2.4.2020          11.8.2020
20.4.2020        19.8.2020
5.5.2020           30.9.2020
27.5.2020       12.10.2020
11.6.2020       13.10.2020
24.6.2020       19.10.2020
29.7.2020


 

 

Registration is done on the Personal Information website. Therefore, only active students and applicants of the Hebrew University can register for the test. Registration opens about a month before the test date.

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.

 

Comparison Table: Recognized Tests vs. Hebrew University Levels

Hebrew University English Proficiency Level

Psychometric English subsection /
Amiram exam

Amir exam

CEFR - European Common Reference Levels (official certificate from European universities)

TOEFL Internet-based test

IELTS
Academic Format

SAT Critical Reading Score or EBRW Score

Exemption level

134+

234+

C1

95

7

670

Upper Advanced

120-133

220-233

B2

80

6

600

Lower Advanced

100-119

200-219

B1

55

5.5

500

Basic (threshold level for admission to undergraduate programs)

85-99

185-199

A2

34

4.5

400

Pre-Basic B

70-84

170-184

Additional summer courses or exams required before admission

Pre-Basic A

50-69

150-169

 

 

English Requirements by Program

Faculty/Department

Minimum English level required for admission to undergraduate programs

Minimum English level required for admission to graduate programs

Faculty of Humanities

 

 

Asian Studies (China)

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Upper Advanced (studies in English)

Asian Studies (Japan)

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

English

Exemption

Exemption (studies in English)

Jewish Education (Melton Blended Program)

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Upper Advanced (studies in English)

Linguistics

Upper Advanced by examination only (exemption required by end of first year)

Upper Advanced by examination only (exemption required by end of first year)

Revivim Program

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

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Other Departments

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

 

Conflict Research, Management & Resolution

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Exemption (one-year track in English)

Economics – Bogen Program

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Exemption (studies in English)

German Studies

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Exemption (studies in English)

Glocal

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Exemption (studies in English)

Other Departments

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

 Business Administration

 

 

Accounting

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

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Business Administration

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Upper Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Law – all programs

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Social Work –
all programs

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Faculty of Science –
all programs

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Exemption (studies in English)

Comp. Sci. & Engineering – all programs

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Exemption (studies in English)

Faculty of Agriculture –
all programs

Basic (exemption required by beginning of second year)

Upper Advanced (studies in English)

Faculty of Medicine

 

 

Biomedical Sciences

Upper Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Exemption (studies in English)

Medicine

Upper Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

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Nursing

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Exemption

Public Health

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Regular track: Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

International track: Upper Advanced (studies in English)

Occupational Therapy

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Lower Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Pharmacy

Lowe Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Exemption (studies in English)

Dental Medicine

Upper Advanced (exemption required by end of first year)

Upper Advanced (studies in English)

 

  Additional Information

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 advised not 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.