Registration Procedures - MERAV
Special Accommodations for the Analytical Reasoning Test and the Personal/Biographical Questionnaire
Special accommodations are only granted to examinees with impairments which have a significant effect on their functioning. This is in order to maintain the fairness of the test for all examinees.
The following are entitled to submit a request for special test accommodations:
- Candidates with severe physical limitations, psychiatric limitations, learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders who believe that they require special accommodations in the Analytical Reasoning Test.
- Candidates with physical limitations (such as advanced pregnancy, obesity, wheelchair-use, etc.) preventing them from entering a typical test hall or using a chair with a writing board.
- Candidates with severe physical limitations or writing impairments who believe that they require special accommodations for filling out the personal/ biographical questionnaire.
Candidates who believe that they are entitled to special accommodations should send a request to NITE’s special test accommodations unit, BAMOT. The request should specify that they are requesting special test accommodations for the Analytical Reasoning Test or for filling out the personal/biographical questionnaire for the MERAV assessment center. The request should be sent before receiving the summons to MERAV, and should reach the BAMOT unit, with supporting documents, no later than the date listed each year on the websites of the educational institutions and NITE. The request should be accompanied by a signed declaration form, downloadable here. Detailed instructions for submitting a request and the supporting documents required may be found on the NITE website. Processing the request does not entail a guarantee of allocation to a test. The list of examinees for each test is determined by the universities alone.
The decision to grant the request or reject will be received within 25 days of the submission of the request. This decision may be appealed, as explained on the NITE website, but note that the appeal must also be submitted to NITE no later than the date listed on the websites of the educational institutions and NITE. Processing requests and appeals takes time, so we recommend submitting the request as early as possible, and not waiting until the last minute.
As requested by the educational institutions, NITE informs the medical schools of every detail concerning applicants relevant to their application to study medicine, including the supporting documents accompanying requests for special test accommodations.
Candidates Unable to Take the Test for Medical Reason
If an examinee does not attend a test on the assigned date for medical reasons, or is forced to leave before the start of the test or during the test for medical reasons, and wishes to have the case considered by the exceptional circumstances committee at NITE, the examinee must be examined on the day of the test at an emergency medical center or hospital emergency department (not by a family physician). The examinee should send NITE an official document from the examining physician explaining why the examinee was unable to take the test on the assigned date, or why the examinee left during the test. This document should include a diagnosis of the medical condition as a result of which the examinee was unable to take the test or remain until the end of the test, specification of the recommended treatment, including number of sick days, and details of the examining physician. The document should be sent by email, with a covering letter from the examinee, to the registration center for medical school admissions at NITE within seven days from the test date. Please contact the registration center by phone to ensure that the documents have been received. The committee will only assess the examinee’s request in cases where it is clear that medical conditions prevented the examinee from taking the test.
Candidates Unable to Take the Test for Other Reasons
An examinee who fails to attend on the assigned date other than for medical reasons, such as the death of a first-degree relative or an emergency reserve duty call-up (“Tzav 8”), and wishes to have the case considered by the exceptional circumstances committee at NITE, should send a request explaining the exceptional circumstances which made attendance impossible to the registration center for medical school admissions at NITE within seven days from the test date, and attach any relevant document corroborating the circumstances preventing attendance. Please contact the registration center by phone to ensure that the documents have been received. The committee will only assess the examinee’s request in cases where it is clear that exceptional circumstances prevented the examinee from taking the test.