Registration Procedures - MITAM
Military Reserve Service on the Test Date
A student registered for the MITAM test who receives a call-up notice for military reserve duty for dates up to three months before the test date can submit a request to “VALTAM” (the Reserve Duty Coordination Committee). The confirmation of registration for the test should be attached to the request. Students registered for a preparatory course should also attach confirmation of registration for the course.
An examinee registered for the MITAM test who is unable to attend the test at the regular date for one of the reasons listed below may apply in writing, enclosing confirming documentation, to the Customer Relations Bureau to request a special test date. The request must be received by the Customer Relations Bureau no later than ten days before the regular test date. The special date will be about one month after the regular date. The following are acceptable reasons for requesting a special date (if accompanied by appropriate documentation):
- hospitalization on the test date
- complications of pregnancy
- recognized religious holiday or festival on the test date
- giving birth (no earlier than four weeks before the test date)
- bereavement (of a first-degree relative, no earlier than four weeks before the test date)
Requests in other exceptional situations that prevent an examinee from attending the test at the regular date will be considered by an exceptions committee.
Feeling Unwell during the Test
Following the decision of the MITAM Test Steering Committee, and with the agreement of the National Student Union, the MITAM test is only administered once per year. Consequently, there is no possibility of retaking the test or completing a test that was left unfinished.
An examinee who feels unwell before or during the MITAM test (up to the end of the first section of the test) can choose between the two following options:
- Stay in the classroom, take the test, and receive a test score.
- Stop the test. The test will be considered as incomplete, and the examinee will be able to take the test on the next administration date with no additional charge. An examinee who decides not to take the test next year will be entitled to a refund of the test fee, with a deduction of 30% (as specified in the section “Canceling Registration”).
NITE offers test accommodations for applicants with special needs.
Eligibility for Special Accommodations
Applicants with medical, physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities, attention disorders or ASD who wish to receive special test accommodations can submit a request to NITE. Applicants with special physical needs (for example, those who are in the late stages of pregnancy, have extreme excess weight, or are wheelchair-bound) who cannot access or sit in a regular classroom or use a university chair with a writing board can also request special test accommodations.
Furthermore, examinees who are not native Hebrew speakers are entitled to extra time in the MITAM test and a dictionary translating from Hebrew to their native language, if they fulfill either of the following conditions:
- They immigrated to Israel less than ten years ago.
- They studied at a high school in Israel where the language of instruction is not Hebrew and took Matriculation (Bagrut) examinations in a language other than Hebrew.
Examinees who are not native Hebrew speakers whose request for extra time is granted will be allotted 20% extra time in the first section of the test and 10% extra time in the second section. This does not apply to native English speakers, who will be allotted 20% extra time in the first section only.
Submitting a Request for Special Accommodations
Click here for further information for examinees submitting a request relating to medical disabilities, whether physical or psychiatric, or a learning or attention deficit disorder or ASD. The information includes the requirements and criteria for submitting a request for special test accommodations and the process for handling requests. Failure to meet the prerequisites for submitting a request or the criteria for receiving special accommodations may result in the request being denied. It is therefore imperative to read the guidelines carefully and follow them meticulously.
An examinee who is not a native Hebrew speaker who meets either of the conditions specified above and wants to request extra time in the MITAM test is required to apply in writing to the Special Test Accommodations Unit. The request should specify that the examinee is requesting extra time because he or she is not a native Hebrew speaker (stating the examinee’s native language) and should be accompanied by one of the following documents:
- Copy of Immigrant’s Certificate or official letter from the examinee’s high school certifying the years studied and the language of instruction in the school
- Copy of the examinee’s high school matriculation certificate (Teudat Bagrut). The request should also indicate whether the examinee wishes to use a dictionary during the test to translate from Hebrew to his or her native language and, if so, of what type (e.g., Hebrew-Arabic, Hebrew-Russian).
Timetable for Submitting Special Accommodations Requests
NOTE: Those requesting special accommodations must register for the MITAM Test and ensure that all the required documents reach NITE in one of the ways detailed in the registration procedures no later than the registration deadline. No appeals, updates or amendments to medical assessment documentation will be accepted after this deadline. It can take up to 25 working days to process your application once it has arrived.
It can take up to 25 working days to process your application once it has arrived. NITE reserves the right to request that an applicant submit additional information or assessments. Applicants whose request is submitted in the last month of the registration period will almost certainly not have time to submit additional material or appeal a decision.
It is therefore advisable to submit the request and accompanying documents as early as possible and at least two months before the registration deadline. Once the registration deadline has passed, applicants will not be permitted to appeal NITE’s decision, or to add to or update medical reports, diagnoses, or other required documents.
You may track the processing of your request by logging onto the NITE website and clicking on “status of application”.
Examinees who received approval for special test accommodations and who wish to change their test date or who intend to retake the test on another date must submit an additional request for special accommodations for the new test date, by following these instructions. This request, too, must reach NITE no later than the registration deadline.
The academic institutions that receive the test scores of examinees applying to them are entitled to receive information regarding the conditions under which the test was administered. Your application for special accommodations constitutes permission for NITE to disclose such information.