Guidelines for Examinees - AMIR:

Before, During and After the Test

Read the instructions and questions carefully.

Each type of question is preceded by the relevant instructions. Although these instructions also appear in the Guide for Examinees, do not rely solely on your familiarity with them. Read the instructions again, carefully. Misunderstanding an important instruction might lead to mistakes in all of the questions of that type. Moreover, the test might contain new instructions which you are unfamiliar with. It is also very important that you carefully read the questions themselves and all of the possible responses before choosing the correct answer. See exactly what is being required of you in each question, and only then answer accordingly.

Make sure you write/mark answers in the correct places.

Multiple-choice Sections

Each question in the multiple-choice sections has four possible responses from which you must choose the most suitable answer. Choose only one answer. Mark your answers on the answer sheet, making certain to mark the correct question in the correct chapter. The answer sheet for the multiple-choice sections is read by an optical scanner that feeds the data directly into a computer. We recommend using a pencil so that you can make erasures and corrections.

Below is a section of the answer sheet.

Mark your answer to each question by filling in the ellipse containing the correct answer, like this: answer mark

For example: Suppose that you are answering question number 2, and you have decided that the correct response is 3. Find the appropriate ellipse (number 3) in the column for question 2, and fill it in as shown.

answer marking


The only correct way to mark an answer is by completely filling in the ellipse. Any other mark - a vertical line, a horizontal line, a circle, etc. - will not be read by the scanner.

correct and incorrect marking

Fill in only one ellipse in the column corresponding to each question.

If you fill in more than one ellipse per question, your answer will be disqualified, even if one of the responses you have chosen is correct.

If you want to change an answer that you have already marked, use a clean eraser to erase the incorrect answer, and then mark the answer you feel is the correct one. Make sure your previous answer is completely erased; otherwise, the optical scanner might read your answer incorrectly.

You must mark your answers in the time allotted for the section. You will not be allowed extra time to fill in the answer sheet after the time has elapsed.

Do not fold the answer sheet, use tape on it or make any marks on it except in the designated places. Doing so could interfere with the optical scanner and affect your score. You may use only the test booklet for scrap paper; the answer sheet or other papers are not to be used for this purpose.

If you take practice tests while preparing for the real one, mark the answers to the multiple-choice sections on the attached answer sheet in order to practice using it.

Make sure that each answer is marked in the correct place. If you skip a question in the test booklet, make sure that you skip the corresponding place on the answer sheet. When answering subsequent questions, always check that the number of the question matches the number of the column in which you are marking your answer.

N.B.: You bear sole responsibility for what appears on the answer sheet. It will be read exactly as you filled it in. If you accidentally mark answers in the wrong place, there is no way to reconstruct what you really intended, and your score will be determined by the incorrectly-filled-in answer sheet.


Use your time wisely

As mentioned previously, the number of questions included in each section and the time allotted for answering them are listed at the beginning of each section. The proctors will announce the time allotment at the beginning of each section and write the start and finish times on the board (according to their watch/clock). The proctors will announce when there are five minutes left to complete the section. At the end of the allotted time, you will be instructed to turn to the next section, and you will not be allowed to return to the previous section.

Below are some suggestions for how to use the allotted time efficiently:

  • Try to answer each question in a reasonable amount of time. Once you have answered one, go on to the next question. If you cannot answer a question, do not spend too much time on it! Remember, you must answer all of the questions in the section. If you spend too much time on one question, you will not have enough time to answer the remaining questions and to receive points for them. Easy questions and difficult questions have equal weight for scoring purposes. Therefore, there is no reason to get stuck on one difficult question. In the time that you save, you could answer several easier questions.
  • If you feel that you know how to answer a question but need a bit more time, mark it and return to it later. If you still have time at the end of the section, go back to all of the questions that you marked and try to answer them.
  • If you feel that you will not be able to answer a question even if you spend more time on it, guess the answer! Your guess need not be at random. Perhaps you can rule out some of the possible responses on the basis of partial knowledge, and this will increase the odds of guessing correctly. The test score is calculated only on the basis of correct answers, with no points deducted for incorrect answers. Therefore, if you are unable to answer a question, it is worth taking a guess. Guessing cannot harm your score; it can only improve it.
  • Leave yourself a minute before the end of the section. Randomly guess the answers to all of the questions that you skipped - in other words, mark any answer on the answer sheet without trying to solve the question or rule out possible responses. At this stage, there is no time to do anything except quickly fill in missing answers and make sure you have marked an answer for every question.
  • NITE receives many appeals as a result of students having accidentally marked the wrong place on the answer sheet. This is not something that can be corrected after the test. Make absolutely sure that you mark the answers in the correct place on the answer sheet. Corrections can only be made by the examinee, during the time allotted for the section. No extra time can be given for this purpose.
  • Every section is important! There is no way for you to tell which sections will not be used for calculating your score. Therefore, treat every section as if it determines your score! Deciding for whatever reason that a particular section is not important could seriously harm your score.