Array Format & Components - MERAV
The MERAV system consists of two parts.
Format of the first part of the MERAV system
The first part of the MERAV system is an analytical reasoning test. The objective of the test is to assess the candidate’s analytical skill, and it contains questions similar to those in the Psychometric Test.
The test has three chapters, and each chapter contains a total of 20 questions of three types: graph or table comprehension, inference, and reading comprehension. The questions in the test are multiple choice questions: in each question four alternative answers are provided, only one of which is correct. Choosing the correct answer increases the examinee’s score, but an incorrect choice does not reduce it. If you do not know the correct answer, it is worth having a guess. The time allocated to this question is one hour and a quarter.
Format of the second part of the MERAV system
Like the MOR and MIRKAM systems, the second part of the MERAV system consists of two parts: a personal/biographical questionnaire and an assessment center. The same questionnaire is used for applicants to the four-year program being selected via the MERAV system and for applicants to the six-year program being selected via the MOR and MIRKAM systems.
The questionnaire includes about 10-15 open questions of the type usually found in admissions interviews. Candidates should write their answers by hand in the allocated spots in the questionnaire booklet. The allocated time for filling out the questionnaire is 2½ hours.
There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in the questionnaire. Answers are assessed according to their complexity and depth. You are advised to read each question carefully, think about it, and answer it after careful consideration. In the questions concerning past events you are advised to mention prominent and significant events with a perceptible long-term influence.
The answers to the personal/biographical questionnaire are assessed by two expert and qualified assessors. The final score in the questionnaire is the average of these two assessments. If there is a large difference between the two assessments, the answers will be assessed by a third assessor, and the final score will be the average of the two scores which are closest to one another.
In the assessment centers each candidate passes through eight stations of different types. At each station the candidate is assessed by an expert assessor trained for the role, usually a medical school faculty member. The time allocated for each station is ten minutes. After each station the assessor fills out a standard assessment form for the candidate. In the simulation stations where an actor takes part, the actors also assess the candidates. The score in the assessment center is calculated from the assessment forms filled out by the assessors.
Types of Stations
Personal interview: in these stations the assessor poses questions to the candidate about past experiences.
Discussion of questions relevant to the medical profession: in these stations the assessor asks the candidate’s opinion on questions relevant to the medical profession arising from a specific case.
Simulations: in these stations the candidate will encounter an actor playing the part of an individual involved in a complex situation and will be required to enter into a dialog. After five minutes the actor will leave the room and during the time remaining the assessor, who was watching the simulation, will ask the candidate questions concerning what happened during it.