The Psychometric Entrance Test


General information

Test Languages


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:

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.

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.

A psychometric test in Italian and/or Portuguese might be offered. For details please contact NITE.


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.



Date in 2017

Registration Deadline


February 20

January 10

Hebrew, Combined/English, French, Russian

April 6, 9

February 22

Hebrew, Arabic

July 6-7

May 22

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

September 4-5

July 26

Hebrew, Arabic

December 15, 17

November 1

Hebrew, Arabic

A reform in test dates in planned for 2018. The February session will be cancelled. The test in foreign langauges (excluding Spanish) will be offered in March/April. It will be possible to take the test on consecutive sessions. This reform will effect the last valid dates for the 2018/2019 academic year.


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, but it is impossible to take the test in consecutive sessions (this rule will change following the reform in test dates). The highest valid test scores are considered (highest general score and highest quantitative emphasis score).

Last Valid Test Dates for Admission for the 2016/17 Academic Year



Valid For

February April

Candidates for all undergraduate study programs( Medicine: February).


Candidates for the Faculty of Humanities (except Cognitive Studies and Amirim Program).

Candidates for second-year studies.

Candidates for all areas of study who take the test in Combined/English, French, Russian or Spanish.

Medicine and Dental Medicine: excluding applicants with a prior score lower than 680.

Rothberg International School students in the Preparatory Program-Mechina or Freshman Program (Israel Universities Option).

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.


On the basis of available places.


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 Psychometric scores that required for admission is listed on the table of degree programs. The Faculty of Science, School of Pharmacy and Department of Psychobiology consider the quantitative emphasis score, while all other departments use the general score. The Hebrew University does not use the verbal emphasis score at this stage.