Update: Changes to Admissions Tests for Candidates to Six-Year and Four-Year Medical School Programs for the 2020-21 Academic Year (MOR, MIRKAM, MERAV)

In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic and the Ministry of Health’s emergency guidelines, the five universities that use the MOR, MIRKAM, and MERAV tests to select candidates for medical school have instructed the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE) and the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) to change the format of these tests in order to protect the health of examinees and raters at the evaluation centers, without impairing the quality and fairness of the tests.

This year, all candidates to all programs will undergo a uniform admissions process, which is presented below:

Personal-Biographical Questionnaire

NITE will summon all the candidates to fill out the Personal-Biographical Questionnaire in the format as described in the Instruction Booklet. The Questionnaire will be administered in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines. The day for filling out the Personal-Biographical Questionnaire has been scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2020.

Assessment Center

NITE will summon all candidates to an assessment center held at one of two test sites: MSR Jerusalem or MSR Tel HaShomer. Candidates for six-year programs will be tested at either the MSR Jerusalem or MSR Tel HaShomer assessment center. Candidates for the four-year programs at Tel-Aviv University and Ariel University will be tested at the MSR Tel HaShomer assessment center.

At their respective assessment center, each candidate will pass through six stations, and not eight stations as in past years. The stations will include:

Two simulation stations with an actor

Two personal interview stations

Two stations at which issues relevant to the medical profession will be discussed

In addition, every candidate will fill out the SHALEV (Placement and Admissions Questionnaire). For details, click here.

At the simulation stations, the candidates will encounter actors. After the simulation, a rater will interview candidates, as in previous years; this will be done in compliance with Ministry of Health guidelines. At some or all of the four other stations, the candidates will be evaluated during online meetings with a rater. The candidates and raters will see each other via computer cameras.

The MSR assessment centers will be run in the same way as they were in the past:  Candidates will go from station to station, assisted by staff members and according to instructions that will be announced over the public address system. After completing the round of stations, candidates will fill out the SHALEV questionnaire using tablets or computers that will be provided to them.

The assessment center testing process takes about 3.5 hours.

Clarifications

Fees for the test are to be paid via the NITE website. The fee for the assessment center test will not change.

Scores received by candidates this year will be equivalent to scores from previous years. Admissions test scores from 2018 and 2019 will still be valid this year for admissions to faculties of medicine. If candidates who were tested in 2018 and/or 2019 are tested again this year, the highest grade will be counted.

The final admissions score will be calculated as follows:

Six assessment center stations: 55%

Personal-Biographical Questionnaire: 30%

SHALEV Questionnaire: 15%

The evaluation parameters, method of evaluation, operation of the assessment centers, and all other procedures remain unchanged, and are described in detail in the Instruction Booklets for MOR and MIRKAM, and for MERAV, which are posted on the NITE website.

Good luck!