The Special Test Accommodations Unit (BAMOT): For People with Physical or Learning Disabilities

 

 

The deadline for submitting an application for special test accommodations and the accompanying documents is the same as the registration deadline for the test you wish to take.

Processing and examination of documents takes up to 25 work days.

If you submit your application and accompanying documents during the last month before the deadline, it will be nearly impossible for you to have enough time to submit additional documents or to appeal the decision and request a reevaluation, should you wish to do so.

Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application and documents as early as possible, and at least two months before the registration deadline.

  

 

 

Documents required when submitting a request for special test accommodations

Learning Disabilities Attention Deficit Disorder Physical or Psychiatric Disabilities

 

 

Registration Process for Special Test Accommodations

Step 1 | Registering for the Test

 

Before submitting a request for special test accommodations, you must register for the test.

For every test date, a test with special accommodations is given either on the same day as the regular test or during the three weeks after it. You may register on this website (registration for the Psychometric Entrance Test/registration for other tests) or using the appropriate pen-and-paper form for the test for which you are registering. (For details of how to register, click here.)

Step 2 | General Instructions for Registering for Tests with Special Accommodations

 

  1. There is no late registration for tests with special accommodations.
  2. No request will be accepted without the Applicant questionnaire.
  3. All the documents listed below must be submitted to NITE by the test registration deadline. Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider documents that arrive after that date, or that are sent by fax.
  4. It is recommended that you register as soon as possible and at least two months prior to your preferred test administration date because processing a request for special accommodations takes up to 25 work days.
  5. Documents submitted will not be returned to applicants.

Step 3 | Sending Required Documentation and Evaluations

 

All the documents listed below should be mailed in a single envelope.

The cost of the initial request is included in the registration fee.

Please note: Applicants will be charged a supplemental fee to submit additional documents after the initial request or to appeal a decision. Documents will not be accepted once registration is closed. All information should be mailed to:

 

The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation

P.O. Box 26015

Jerusalem 9126001

 

Documents To Submit in Cases Involving Learning Disabilities:

    1. Applicant questionnaire : To be filled out by the applicant.
      Please note: A request submitted by an applicant who does not fill out the questionnaire or does not send it in will not be processed.
    2. Evaluation conducted by a professional who is qualified to evaluate adults with learning disabilities
      • Make sure that the evaluator has the training necessary to evaluate adults with learning disabilities.
      • The evaluation must be conducted in the mother tongue of the person being evaluated.
      • The applicant must have been at least 16 years old at the time of the evaluation, and the evaluation must have been conducted within the past five years.
      • An applicant who was evaluated before the age of 16 must undergo another evaluation in order to request special test accommodations for the PET.
      • An applicant who has dysgraphia must attach documentation demonstrating that the problem has existed from an early age (including evaluations from occupational therapists, evaluations of learning disabilities, and reports from teachers, remedial teachers, and other caregivers, testifying to the dysgraphia), as well as a current evaluation, as described in the Questionnaire for the Evaluator.
    3. Questionnaire for the Evaluator: To be filled out by the evaluator.
      In addition to providing a framework for the professional evaluation, the questionnaire aims to obtain precise information about the applicant's level of functioning.
      • If you have not already undergone an evaluation, give the evaluator the questionnaire so that he or she will be aware of all the information we need.
      • If you have already been evaluated and the information requested in the questionnaire is included in the evaluator's report in a way that is clear and well organized, there is no need to return to ask the evaluator to fill out the questionnaire.
      • If you think that some details have been omitted from your evaluation, return to the evaluator and ask him or her to finish the evaluation questionnaire, fill out the questionnaire and add any missing information.
      • If you cannot locate the evaluator who evaluated you, send your documents without the questionnaire. The BAMOT staff will review your request on the basis of the available information. In such cases, the staff may ask you to provide additional materials.
    4. Previous Evaluations and Background Material
      • If you have undergone more than one evaluation, please send all evaluation reports.
      • It is important that we receive information about your level of functioning in elementary school (grades 1-6). In addition to your evaluations, we would like to receive other background material that documents difficulties you experienced during that period. This may include summaries of developmental therapies, documentation of remedial education, and report cards that mention various problems that arose during school. This background material is particularly important if you were first evaluated in secondary school or later. Examples of documents and background materials that should be sent include:
Summaries of developmental therapies (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, etc.)
Elementary school report cards (report card should indicate which grade you were in)
Secondary school report cards (report card should indicate which grade you were in)
Opinions of teachers and other professionals (the Questionnaire for Teachers may be used)
Medical reports, if any
Report showing which accommodations you received for the Bagrut exams (in cases of dysgraphia)

Examinees taking the YAEL must also submit a current evaluation of their reading and writing functioning in Hebrew.


Please ensure that all documents are clear and legible. Any document that is not clear will not be processed. Applicants will be charged a fee of 220 NIS to submit additional documents after the initial request or to appeal a decision. No documents will be accepted after registration is closed.

 

Documents To Submit in Cases Involving Attention Deficit Disorders:

  1. Applicant questionnaire: To be filled out by the applicant.                                                    Please note: A request submitted by an applicant who does not fill out the questionnaire or does not send it in will not be processed.
  2. Evaluation conducted in the past three years by a professional who is qualified to evaluate people with attention deficit disorders.
    The evaluation must include a thorough and detailed assessment of attention and concentration issues, as explained in the Guidelines for Professionals and in accordance with the directives of the Health Ministry.
  3. Previous Evaluations and Background Material
    • If you have undergone more than one evaluation, please send all evaluation reports.
    • It is important that we receive information about your level of functioning in elementary school (grades 1-6). In addition to your evaluations, we would like to receive other background material that documents difficulties you experienced during that period. This may include summaries of developmental therapies you received, documentation of remedial education, and report cards that mention various problems that arose during school. This background material is particularly important if you were first evaluated in secondary school or later. Examples of documents and background materials that should be sent include:
    Summaries of developmental therapies (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, etc.)
    Elementary school report cards (report card should indicate which grade you were in)
    Secondary school report cards (report card should indicate which grade you were in)
    Opinions of teachers and other professionals (the Questionnaire for Teachers may be used)
    Medical reports, if any


    Please ensure that all documents are clear and legible. Any document that is not clear will not be processed. Applicants will be charged a fee of 220 NIS to submit additional documents after the initial request or to appeal a decision. No documents will be accepted after registration is closed.

 

Documents To Submit in Cases Involving a Physical or Psychiatric Disability:

  1. Applicant questionnaire: To be filled out by the applicant.                                                    Please note: A request submitted by an applicant who does not fill out the questionnaire or does not send it in will not be processed.
  2. Questionnaire for a Physician/Medical Opinion
    Your physician needs to fill out a questionnaire that is relevant to the disability or medical issue:
    The medical or psychological evaluation must be conducted by a qualified professional, not including a family or general practice physician. For example, an orthopedist must evaluate an orthopedic issue, and a psychiatrist must evaluate a mental health issue. If the physician prefers not to fill out the questionnaire, he/she must submit a written opinion that contains answers to all of the questions that appear on the questionnaire.
    The medical or psychiatric opinion and evaluation must be detailed and up to date, containing all the required information and written no more than a year before the date of the test for which you are registering.
    *If the physician or psychiatrist writes explicitly that the specified disabilities are permanent in nature, the opinion need not be from within a year./the time limit of a year does not apply.
  3. . In cases of a mental problem, if the applicant is under the ongoing care or supervision of a mental health professional, such as a psychologist or social worker, attach a detailed report by this professional, including a description of the applicant's difficulties and their effect on his or her test-taking abilities.
  4.  The Questionnaire for Teachers, to be filled out by one of the applicant's teachers, may be submitted along with other documentation. This questionnaire provides information about the implications that the applicant's psychiatric issues may have for his or her ability to function in a learning or a testing environment.


Please ensure that all documents are clear and legible. Any document that is not clear will not be processed. Applicants will be charged a fee of 220 NIS to submit additional documents after the initial request or to appeal a decision. No documents will be accepted after registration is closed.

 

Documents To Send in Cases Involving Multiple Disabilities:

If you have more than one disability, please attach all the documents and evaluations that apply.

Step 4 | Saving the Reference Number You Receive when Registering

Once you complete the online registration procedure or fill out the registration form, you will receive a reference number. You must use that number when logging onto the NITE website, where you may track your request for special test accommodations by clicking on the "status history" link. If you mailed your registration form, the reference number can be found on your examinee receipt (see example).

 

 

 

Test Administration Dates

PET with Special Test Accommodations:

 

Registration Deadline

(The last date materials can arrive at our office)

Test Languages

Test Date

November 1, 2017

Hebrew, Arabic

December 2017

February 12, 2018

Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Combined/English, French

April 2018

May 22, 2018

All test languages

July 2018

July 9, 2018

Hebrew, Arabic

September 2018

October 17, 2018

Hebrew, Arabic

December 2018

AMIR with Special Test Accommodations:

 

Registration Deadline

 

(The last date materials can arrive at our office)

 

Test Date

November 1, 2017

December 2017

February 12, 2018

April 2018

May 22, 2018

July 2018

July 9, 2018

September 2018

October 17, 2018

December 2018

YAEL with Special Test Accommodations:

 

Registration Deadline

 

(The last date materials can arrive at our office)

 

Test Date

November 1, 2017 December 2017
February 12, 2018 April 2018

May 22, 2018

July 2018

July 9, 2018

September 2018

October 17, 2018

December 2018

 

Examinees who take the PET with special accommodations in a language other than Hebrew are eligible to take the YAEL with special accommodations one time, from the next test date onward, at no additional cost. Once they have taken the PET with special accommodations, examinees will receive a letter explaining how to register for YAEL with special accommodations.

Please note: It is not possible to take both the PET and the YAEL with special accommodations on the same test date.

More information on YAEL can be found on the NITE website.

RAMA with Special Test Accommodations:

RAMA is used by institutions of higher education in Israel to assign students to one of three courses in English as a foreign language, each of which is at a different proficiency level.
The test is designed to assess examinees' reading comprehension skills vis-à-vis academic texts written in English.


Additional information on the test

 

Registration Deadline

 

(The last date materials can arrive at our office)

 

Test Date

February 12, 2018 April 2018

May 22, 2018

July 2018

 

It is possible to take RAMA with special accommodations on either test date. 

MITAM with Special Test Accommodations:

 

Examinees who have been given special test accommodations for the Entrance Test for Advanced Degrees in Psychology (MITAM) will be tested once a year on the regular MITAM test administration date. Registration for the October 2018 test closes on August 27, 2018. This is the deadline by which all documents must be received by our office

 

Examinees who for medical reasons are unable to sit in a lecture hall chair (without a separate writing table) may submit a request in this regard for any test administration date (not only those dates reserved for tests with special accommodations).

 

Request for a Retest with Special Accommodations

 

Examinees who already took the PET, AMIR, or MITAM with special accommodations and who wish to retake that test must follow the guidelines below:

  • You must register for the test.
  • You must send the questionnaire for those who have already taken a test with special accommodations (male/female). The questionnaire should be mailed (P.O. Box 26015, Jerusalem 9126001) or faxed to 02-6750640, marked to the attention of the BAMOT Unit.
  • Please note: When you log onto the NITE website, you can look at "status history" to see whether the materials you sent have been received and to track the processing of your request.
  • If the status of a request that you sent by fax is not updated on the website within two working days, the fax probably did not reach the intended recipient and you should resend it.
  • Please note: If you apply to take an additional test with special accommodations for a medical or mental disability, you must check that the professional opinions submitted in the past are up to date, from not more than a year before the date of the test for which you are now registering (see Step 3 – Documents to Submit). If the professional opinion submitted in the past is more than a year old, you must submit a new one, in accordance with the directives in "Registration Process".
  • If the letter approving special accommodations for the previous test date required you to submit additional documents, please include these additional documents in your current application.
  • Apart from the Applicant Questionnaire, there is no need to resend documents you submitted in the past.
  • If you have additional or updated documents, please mail them together with your request.
  • The processing of documents that are sent after the initial request for a retest with special accommodations will entail a supplementary fee (see Submitting Additional Documents and Appealing the Decision of the BAMOT Unit, below).
  • Your request will be reconsidered on the basis of the documents you submitted in the past, and you will receive an answer within 25 work days.

 

Requests for special test accommodations, including requests for a retest with special accommodations, the submission of additional background material, and appeals, must be received by the BAMOT Unit no later than the registration deadline for the test. These dates are listed in the Test Administration Schedule.

Submitting Additional Documents and Appealing the Decision of the BAMOT Unit

 

Every applicant is entitled to one thorough review, at no extra charge, of his or her request to take the PET, AMIR, or MITAM with special test accommodations. In most cases, the documentation you sent is independently assessed by at least two professionals, whose goal is to obtain a clear understanding of your situation and to allow you take the test under conditions that are appropriate for you. Therefore, an appeal submitted without any additional information is not likely to receive a positive response.

Appealing a decision of the BAMOT Unit or sending additional documentation for a second review (even if only one new document is sent) means that your entire case must be considered again by the professional staff. For this reason, applicants who appeal a decision or who submit additional documents after the initial request are charged a supplemental fee of 220 NIS. This fee can be paid on the NITE website.

It is possible to appeal a decision a second time. A second appeal will not be discussed unless an additional professional opinion is submitted.

Please note: Additional documents or appeals must be mailed to NITE and will only be processed if they are received by the registration deadline for your preferred test date. Appeals or additional material sent by fax will not be processed!

Examples of Authorized and Non-Authorized Special Test Accommodations

 

Yes

No

1. MIFAM 1. Use of an electronic dictionary
2. Allotment of additional time 2. Exemption from certain sections of the test
3. Allotment of additional time for some or all sections of the test 3. Explanation of questions
4. Breaks between sections of the test 4. Permission to mark answers in the test booklet
5. Physical accommodations for medical conditions such as disability, blindness or deafness  
6. Recorded version of the English sections of the test
7. Larger-print test booklet or answer sheet
8. Use of a calculator for the four arithmetic functions
9. Permission to type the writing task

10. Closed-circuit television for the visually impaired (upon request)

Procedures for Handling Registration and Decisions on Special Test Accommodations

  1. You will be notified by mail or email (according to your instructions) once the Special Test Accommodations (BAMOT) Unit has received your documents.
  2. Within 25 working days of receipt of the documents, the BAMOT professional staff will make a decision regarding your case. You will subsequently receive details of the decision by mail or email (according to your instructions).

    You may log onto the site to track the status of your request for special test accommodations.

    To log on, enter the ID or passport number you used to register with. Your initial password is the reference number that you received at the time of registration. In order to ascertain the status of your request, click on "status history".

Factors Considered When Determining Special Test Accommodations

When considering a request for special test accommodations, the BAMOT staff focuses on providing suitable accommodations for that particular examinee, based on his or her disabilities. Special test accommodations are intended to offer a means of overcoming a specific disability as much as possible, without compromising the construct being assessed by the test. It is important to note that special test accommodations are not designed to compensate examinees or to give them preferential treatment.

Special Test Accommodations Given for Matriculation Exams (Bagrut) Compared to Those Given for the Psychometric Entrance Test

The matriculation exams (Bagrut) differ from the exams administered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. For this reason, the special test accommodations authorized by NITE might not be the same as the special test accommodations you received when taking the Bagrut.

For example, the main purpose of the Bagrut is to test knowledge. Allotting additional time does not change the essence of the test, but rather allows examinees to fully demonstrate their knowledge. On the other hand, one of the variables assessed by the PET is different aspects related to the efficiency of cognitive processing. An allotment of additional time can adversely affect this assessment. Therefore, an allotment of additional time will not be approved for applicants whose main issue is overall slowness in processing information.

Please be aware that:

  • Special test accommodations are given to examinees with a severe learning disability that appeared during their early years of school and that continues to significantly affect their ability to function in an academic setting.
  • Special test accommodations are given to examinees with a severe attention deficit that appeared when they were young and that has had a significant effect not only on their academic performance, but also on other aspects of their lives.
  • Special test accommodations are not given to examinees because of test anxiety or any problem related to their environment, such as a lack of schooling.

Staff of the Special Test Accommodations Unit (BAMOT)

The Special Test Accommodations Unit (BAMOT) at the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation supports examinees with medical and physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities, or attention deficit disorder. The Unit's staff is made up of professionals with advanced degrees in the fields of psychology, learning disorders, and measurement (psychometrics). When necessary, the staff also consults with medical professionals. The Unit's role is to provide, to as great an extent as possible, test conditions that will allow examinees to overcome the difficulties stemming from their particular disabilities without jeopardizing the test's validity or fairness vis-à-vis other examinees.

 

Thank You for Your Attention

 

FAQs about Special Test Accommodations

 

Eligibility for Test Accommodations

 

 

The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation

P.O. Box 26015

Jerusalem 9126001