The Psychometric Entrance Test

 

General information

Test Languages

Registration

Preparing for the Test

Test Dates

Test Score Validity

Test Results

 

TheNITE Psychometric Entrance Test is a tool for predicting academic performance, which is used for screening applicants to institutions of higher education in Israel. The test contains multiple-choice questions in three areas – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and English language proficiency. The verbal reasoning test includes a writing assignment which comprises 25% of the score in this area. The assignment examines both content and language and can be written in any of the languages in which the test is offered as well as in several other languages through the English/Combined Version (see below).

The test is administered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE), P.O. Box 26015, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Neve Shaanan Gate, 91260 Jerusalem, Israel; Tel: 02-6759555, Fax: 02-6759543. For additional information on the test check the website: www.nite.org.il.

Test accommodations for applicants with special needs are offered in some of the sessions. Applicants with medical, physical or learning disabilities should contact NITE and submit all relevant documentation as early as possible.

Test scores must be submitted for first-year undergraduate degree programs and for advanced standing (second or third-year) in undergraduate degree programs in all faculties except the Faculty of Science.

There are several admission streams that do not require the Psychometric Entrance Test, as detailed in the Admission Streams chapter.
 

 

Date in 2018

Registration Deadline

Language

March 28-29

February 12

Hebrew, Arabic, Combined/English, French, Russian

July 5-6

May 22

Hebrew, Arabic, Combined/English, French, Russian, Spanish

September 3-4

July 15

Hebrew, Arabic

December 9, 12

October 24

Hebrew, Arabic

 
 

Test Languages

The NITE Psychometric Test is offered in Arabic, French, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Combined/English (i.e., questions are written in Hebrew and English and difficult words are translated into additional languages). It is recommended that applicants take the test in the language they know best. In the English/Combined Version, the writing assignment can also be written  in Amharic, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian or Portuguese.

 

Registration

Registration for the Psychometric Entrance Test is separate from application to the Hebrew University. Registration is carried out online on the NITE website or with a registration packet which can be purchased at select book stores or directly from NITE.

 

Preparing for the Test

Recent surveys indicate that it is possible to benefit significantly by preparing for the test using various means of self-study. Familiarity with the different types of questions that appear on the test and experience taking the test under "real" conditions may decrease anxiety and improve test performance. Information and practice questions are available on the website and those interested in further practice, may purchase samples of past examinations in all languages directly from NITE.

 

Test Score Validity

Psychometric Test scores are valid from October 1990 and after. There is no limit on the number of tests one can take. The highest valid test scores are considered (highest general score and highest quantitative emphasis score).

Last Valid Test Dates for Admission for the 2018/19 Academic Year

 

Date  

Valid For

April (March)

Candidates for all undergraduate study programs.

July

Candidates for second-year studies.

Candidates for all areas of study (except Medicine, Military Medicine and Dental Medicine) who take the test in Combined/English, French, Russian or Spanish.

Rothberg International School students in the Preparatory Program-Mechina (except for Medicine and Military Medicine).

All other candidates who take the test in July will be considered provided there are places available in the department they requested. Candidates taking the July test are considered late applicants regardless of when they applied and consequently requirements for admission may be higher.

September

On the basis of available places.

December

Spring semester only.

 

 

Test Results

Either an Israeli identification number (teudat zehut) or a passport number must be used to register for the test. The results are sent to the examinee and are forwarded automatically to all universities using this number.

  • Candidates who have an Israeli identification number must use it when registering for the test.
  • Candidates must list the same number on both the registration form for the Psychometric Entrance Test and the Hebrew University application form.
  • Candidates who register using their passport number must send a photocopy of their passport and the "Test Notification" (zimoon l'behinah) to the Overseas Applicants Unit.
  • Candidates whose passport number has changed or who received an Israeli identification number after either taking the test or submitting their application should submit a photocopy of their new passport/identity card to the Overseas Applicants Unit.

Test results are posted on the NITE website.

Interpreting Test Results

Examinees receive from NITE their scores in each of the three areas of the test – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and English. The total score is reported in three versions: a general score (40% verbal reasoning, 40% quantitative reasoning and 20% English); verbal emphasis (60% verbal reasoning, 20% quantitative reasoning and 20% English); quantitative emphasis (60% quantitative reasoning, 20% verbal reasoning and 20% English). 

The table of degree programs notes the type of score used for admission.