Special Test Accommodations - MERAV

In order to maintain fairness for all examinees taking the test, special test accommodations are granted only to examinees with a disability that seriously affects their functioning.

The following applicants are entitled to submit a request for special test accommodations:

  • Applicants with a severe physical disability, psychiatric disability, or learning disability or attention deficit, who believe that they need special accommodations in the analytical reasoning test
  • Applicants with a physical condition (e.g. advanced pregnancy, size, confinement to a wheelchair, etc.) that prevents them from entering a regular classroom or sitting in chairs with attached writing surfaces
  • Applicants with severe physical limitations or a significant writing disability, who believe that they need special accommodations for filling out the personal/biographical questionnaire.

 

Applicants to medical school who believe that they are entitled to special test accommodations may submit a request to the Special Test Accommodations Unit at NITE. This request should be sent before they receive their MERAV test notification and no later than the last date for submitting a request for special test accommodations, as it appears each year on the NITE website and the sites of the educational institutions.

Specific instructions regarding the required documents are found here.

Processing your request does not guarantee that you will receive a test notification. The universities alone determine the list of candidates eligible to take the test.
The above also applies to candidates who registered for medical school but have received neither a test notification to take the MERAV nor a rejection letter.
At the request of the educational institutions, NITE provides the medical schools with all relevant information pertaining to candidates who have applied to that particular school, including documentation used to support requests for special test accommodations.

 

How to Submit a Request

Requests for special test accommodations may be submitted by email, sent through the Israel Post, or delivered by hand to the NITE offices (choose only one method for submitting your request). Candidates for medical school may not submit requests by logging onto the NITE website.

  • Processing and verification of the documents accompanying your request can take up to 25 business days.
  • If you submit your request within the month preceding the last date, as posted on the NITE site or the sites of the educational institutions, on which it is possible to submit a request for special test accommodations, it is almost certain that you will not have enough time to submit additional documents or to appeal the decision of the professional staff.
  • We recommend submitting the request and accompanying documents at least two months before the last date, as posted on the NITE site or the sites of the educational institutions, on which it is possible to submit a request for special test accommodations.
  • Have you received special test accommodations for an NITE test in the past and do you wish to submit a new request on the basis of the documents we have on file? If so, click here.
  • If you have submitted documents in the past, they are kept on file. Please do not send them again.
  • Note: There is a service fee for sending additional documents after you have already submitted your request - even if you have not yet received an answer - or for submitting an appeal.

Applying Via Email

Send the email to bamot@nite.org.il

  • Send everything related to your request in a single email. If you wish to send a large number of attachments, you may send your request in several consecutive emails, each one labeled appropriately: for examples, “email 1 of 4”.
  • On the subject line of the email, enter your full name, identity number, and details of the test
  • Along with your request, you must send:
    1. Applicant questionnaire, completed and signed twice as required (without this the application will not be processed)
    2. Document list form (without this the application will not be processed)
    3. Declaration of request for special test accommodations, completed and signed (without this the application will not be processed)
    4. Medical or diagnostic documents relevant to the reason you are applying for accommodations
  • The documents must be uploaded as PDF files, in their original size. They must be clear, legible, and complete. Documents that are not legible will not be processed.
  • Documents submitted as zip files, through Google Drive, or through Jumbo Mail, etc., are not acceptable.

Once your request is in our inbox, you will receive an automatic reply stating that your documents have arrived at the correct email address.

Applying Via Israel Post or by Hand Delivery

You must submit all of the following documents:

  1. Applicant questionnaire, completed and signed twice as required (without this the application will not be processed)
  2. Document list form (without this the application will not be processed)
  3. Declaration of request for special test accommodations, completed and signed (without this the application will not be processed)
  4. Medical or diagnostic documents relevant to the reason you are applying for accommodations

Make sure that all photocopies are legible and in the original size. Documents that are not legible will not be processed. Documents will not be returned to the applicant, therefore do not submit original documents.

Mailing or hand delivery address:
National Institute for Testing and Evaluation, P.O. Box 39020, Jerusalem 913001
Documents may be hand delivered to the NITE reception desk in Jerusalem only, between the hours of 8:30 and 15:30 (please mark envelope “Special Test Accommodations Unit”).

 

Retaking a Test with Special Accommodations

The law prohibits NITE from assigning you to a test with special accommodations unless you submit an explicit request. This is true even if you received special accommodations in the past. Therefore, unless you inform NITE of your desire to take a test with special accommodations by the last date, as posted on the NITE site or the sites of the educational institutions, on which it is possible to submit a request for special test accommodations, we will not be able to confirm that you are eligible to take the medical school admissions test with special accommodations and you will be tested under regular conditions.

Note! If you are submitting a request because of a physical or mental limitation, it is important to make sure that your documentation is current, i.e., issued no more than a year before the date of the test for which you are registering. If the professional opinion you submitted previously was not issued in the past year, you will need to provide a new one.

Reapplication on the Basis of Existing Documentation

If you received special accommodations for a NITE test in the past, and you want us to consider your reapplication on the basis of documents that are already on file, you must do the following:

  1. Send an email to bamot@nite.org.il, including your full name, identity number, and name of the test, and declare that you wish us to consider your request on the basis of documents that are already on file.
  2. Attach the declaration of request for special test accommodations, completed and signed (without this the application will not be processed)

Reapplication with Additional Documentation for Professional Staff Review

If you wish to send the professional staff documents in addition to those that you submitted with requests for special accommodations in previous test administrations, you must follow the instructions in the section on How to Submit a Request. Please do not resend documents you have submitted in the past; they are kept on file.

 

Submitting Additional Documents or Appealing a Decision

You may submit additional documents or appeal NITE’s decision until the last date, as posted on the NITE site or the sites of the educational institutions, on which it is possible to submit a request for special test accommodations.
Candidates who wish to appeal the decision of the professional staff or to add documents to their request may do so by submitting the appeal or documents by email, sending them through the Israel Post, or delivering them by hand to the NITE offices.

Carefully read these instructions.

Note: Candidates for medical school may not submit requests by logging onto the NITE website.