Downloadable Forms:

Report Scores to Institutions
Mail Extra Copy of Scores Report
Re-evaluate Answer Sheet

How Scores are Calculated

An examinee's score is not affected by the administration date, language, or version of the test. Scores are calculated in such a way that an examinee who takes the test with a group of examinees with above- or below-average ability will not score differently than if he had taken the test with another group, on a different date.

Score Calculation: A Four-Step Process

  1. Calculation of raw scores for the writing task: Details pertaining to the calculation of scores for the writing task can be found in the Guide for Examinees, in the section entitled Explanations and Examples – Verbal Reasoning. The writing task was added to the Psychometric Entrance Test in September 2012.
  2. Calculation of raw scores for the multiple-choice sections: The total number of correct answers in each test domain constitutes the raw score for that domain.
  3. Calculation of scores for the three test domains: In order to equate the scores of examinees who take different versions of the test, in different languages and on different administration dates, the raw score on the writing task and the raw scores on the multiple-choice sections in each of the three test domains are converted to a standardized scale. The score on the writing task will account for 25% of the score in the Verbal Reasoning domain. The scoring scale in each of the three test domains ranges from 50-150 points.
  4. Calculation of Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) General Scores: The PET General Scores are based on weighted averages with scores on the various domains receiving different weights. For the Multi-Domain Score, the weights of the scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning domains are double that of the score on the English domain. For the Sciences-Oriented Score, the score on the Quantitative Reasoning domain has three times the weight of each of the other two scores. For the Humanities-Oriented Score, the score on the Verbal Reasoning domain has three times the weight of each of the other two scores. The scoring scale for each type of PET General Score ranges from 200-800 points.

An example of how scores are calculated appears at the end of the Guide for Examinees.

Understanding the Scores 

PET scores are an indication of examinees' prospects for academic success. This does not mean that only those who attain high PET scores will be successful in their studies, but that the higher a person's PET scores are, the greater the likelihood of academic success. Each academic institution is free to decide how it will use the weighted PET scores for screening and accepting applicants, and it is possible that methods will vary among various fields of study within a given institution.

Since the educational institutions cannot accept all applicants, they give preference to candidates who are more likely to succeed. For the purpose of screening applicants, the educational institutions make use of matriculation (Bagrut) scores, PET scores, and sometimes other information, such as additional tests or a personal interview. Each institution uses different combinations of these data. In most university departments and in other institutions, a final score, called the General Admissions Score, is calculated for each applicant. This score is made up of the matriculation scores and/or the PET scores and additional data. The institution ranks all those applying to a particular department, from the one with the highest General Admissions Score to the one with the lowest. The admissions cutoff point is determined on the basis of this ranking. This is the point on the admission scores scale which marks the divide between those who are accepted (those who have General Admission Scores higher than the cutoff score) and those who are not (those who have General Admission Scores lower than the cutoff score). The exact cutoff point is usually determined on the basis of available places and on the applicants' academic level. The fewer available places there are, or the higher the level of the applicants, the higher the cutoff point will be.

This description of the admissions process makes it clear why an applicant may be accepted by one department or institution, yet rejected by another: Different institutions may give different weights to the PET and matriculation scores, respectively; the ratio of applicants to available places varies from one institution to another; and the academic level of applicants to the different institutions may also vary. The same holds true for various departments within a specific institution. Therefore, even if applicants are not accepted to their department of choice, they may apply to another department or educational institution or apply for the following academic year.

Scoring Department Services

  • Reporting test scores to educational institutions and to examinees.
  • Summoning examinees for retesting.

The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation prefers to post information for examinees on its website, but also operates according to the following guidelines:

Reporting of Test Scores

Reporting Scores to the Educational Institutions

The educational institutions make decisions regarding their applicants on the basis of scores reported to them directly by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. The institutions are all committed to using these scores for their own admissions purposes only.
Scores will be reported within 45 days to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University, the University of Haifa, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and the Technion.

Scores can be sent to additional institutions, as requested by the examinee on his or her registration form.
The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation will report scores only to those institutions listed on an examinee's registration form.

Requesting Changes:

If, after you register for the test, you wish to change your preferences regarding which institutions (including the Technion) should receive your scores, NITE recommends that you log onto the website and make the changes or download the Reporting Scores to Institutions form, saving it on your personal computer and sending it as an email attachment to the Scoring Department at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 02-6754765.

If you do not receive notification that your request has been received, please contact the Scoring Department by telephone the day after the request is sent in order to ascertain whether it has indeed been received.

There is no charge for making these changes.

Upon receipt of a request to report scores to additional institutions, NITE will make those scores available to the institutions within seven working days. It is not possible to reduce the time needed to report scores.

Reporting Scores to Examinees

Within 45 days of the test administration date, scores will be reported to examinees either by email, or via the Israeli postal service to the address that appears on your registration form. Scores will be sent by email only, unless you specified otherwise when registering. In this case, scores will be sent only via the Israeli postal service.

You may also access your scores on this website, around the same time they are sent to the educational institutions, by logging on using your personal information: ID number and reference number. (The reference number appears in three places: on the test registration verification; on the test notification slip; and on the exam confirmation slip that you will receive after the test.) The Scoring Department will not give out reference numbers to examinees over the telephone. It is therefore important to save your reference number until you have received your score.

The score report contains the following information:

  1. The scores on each of the three test domains – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and English.
  2. The three PET General Scores – based, as described above, on different ways of weighting the scores in the three domains. Each score report will be accompanied by an information leaflet.

 

Scores for all examinees tested on a particular date are calculated at the same time. No scores for individual examinees will be released earlier than others.

The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation does not release test scores by telephone or fax.

Examinees may ask to have another copy of their scores mailed to their home address for up to three months after the test administration date at no extra charge. After this time, copies of test scores can be ordered online or by downloading the Credit Card Payment Form from this website. Save the form on your computer and send it as an email attachment to the Scoring Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax to 02-675-4765. Please telephone the Scoring Department the day after sending a request to ensure that it has been received.

Requests for Re-evaluation

Test answer sheets are read by an optical scanner. Although this method is extremely accurate, the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation offers examinees the option of having their answer sheets checked a second time. The rechecking is done manually. 
Please note: When a test is re-evaluated, the open questions are not rechecked. We only verify that the data from the original evaluation was processed accurately.

A fee is charged for this procedure; however, if it is discovered that a scoring error has indeed occurred, this fee will be refunded. In our experience, the chances of an error are slight. To submit an appeal of this kind, contact the Scoring Department by phone or download the Form for Credit Card Payments for an Answer Sheet Recheck. You should save the form on your computer and send it as an attachment by email to the Scoring Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 02-675-4765. Please telephone the Scoring Department the day after sending a request to ensure that it has arrived.

You are entitled to request a recheck of your answer sheet for up to three months after the test date. A response will be sent within seven working days after the request and its accompanying payment is received.

Please note: When you request re-evaluation of a test, the open questions are not rechecked; the processing of the initial evaluation is checked for accuracy.

Summons for Retesting

When the Psychometric Entrance Tests are evaluated, certain checks are routinely performed to ensure that examinees' scores accurately reflect their ability. In certain cases, the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation may encounter difficulties in evaluating a test score, either because of irregular or inconsistent findings on the test, or as a result of technical problems. If, at any time, doubt arises as to a test's reliability, for any test administration and for whatever reason, including those mentioned above, the examinee is summoned for retesting at the offices of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation in Jerusalem, and the test score is frozen until the matter has been clarified. Only after the examinee is retested will the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation decide how to deal with the case. Generally, a summons for retesting is sent in writing to the relevant examinees within six weeks of the original test date, but it may also be issued at a later date.