Guidelines for Examinees - MITAM:
Before, During and After the Test
Use your time wisely
As mentioned previously, the number of questions included in each section of the test and the time allotted for answering them appear at the beginning of the 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 stop working on the questions in that section and close the test booklet.
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 the questions in the section. If you spend too much time on one question, you will not have enough time for the remaining questions, which you probably could have answered and thus gained points. Easy questions and difficult questions have equal weight for scoring purposes. Therefore, there is no reason to get stuck on one question. In the time that you save, you could answer several 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 have time at the end of the section, go back to all 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 a random one. You might be able to rule out some of the possible responses on the basis of partial knowledge, thereby increasing your chances of guessing correctly. The test score is calculated only on the basis of correct answers, and no points are 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 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 for anything except to quickly fill in missing answers and make sure you have marked an answer for every question.
Compromising the Integrity of the Test and Cheating
NITE views very seriously any attempt to compromise the integrity of its tests, including any behavior that infringes on the confidentiality of the test or the use of its results. We also view very seriously any attempt to obtain a score by illegal means, such as copying during the test or impersonating someone else. Among other things, cheating may lead to situations in which unsuitable candidates are accepted, sometimes even at the expense of candidates who are better qualified for the study program in question. The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation has methods for detecting cheating and attempts to compromise test integrity, and reserves the right to react to such situations using all means at its disposal and at its discretion. These may include:
- Invalidating the test
- Prohibiting an examinee from taking any test administered by NITE for a period of 12 months
- Filing a civil suit
- Submitting a complaint to university or college disciplinary committees
Please note: Impersonating another person (such as sending someone to take the test in your place) is a criminal offense. If someone is suspected of committing such an offense, a complaint will be filed with the police and with university disciplinary committees.
It is strictly forbidden to copy, distribute, or teach the contents of a test or any part of it, in any form or by any means, without written permission from the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. NITE will take administrative, legal, or other appropriate action against anyone violating this prohibition. Before the test begins, you will be asked to sign a declaration stating that you are aware of this prohibition and that you undertake to behave in accordance with it.
Any of the following constitutes grounds for disqualifying an examinee:
- disruptive behavior during the test
- copying, and giving or receiving help in answering a question
- using forbidden study aids, such as papers, books, calculators, and dictionaries
- opening the test booklet before being instructed to do so
- continuing to write in the test booklet after the end of the allotted time
- taking test material out of the test hall
- being in possession of an electronic device - cellular telephone, computer, music player, etc. - during the test
- disregarding the proctors’ instructions
After completing the test, you will receive a Feedback Questionnaire in which you will be asked your opinion of the conditions and content of the test. You may also be asked to rate your satisfaction with the registration and test procedures, or to express your opinion on other issues that NITE deals with. The Feedback Questionnaire is not part of the MITAM Test; it is reviewed separately from the answer sheet, and it cannot affect you or your test score in any way. Answering the questionnaire is optional, but we would appreciate your taking a few minutes to do so, as your answers will be of great assistance to us and enable us to improve the service we offer examinees. Please note that the Feedback Questionnaire is not designed for dealing with individual inquiries. If you have any questions or complaints about the test, please address them in writing to the Customer Relations Bureau at NITE within one week of the test date. You will receive a personal reply.
Some examinees leave the test feeling that many questions were difficult to answer or that they did not manage to answer all the questions in the allotted time. It is important to realize that even though your score is based on how many questions you answered correctly, it is also calculated relative to the performance of all other examinees. Therefore, even if you left the test thinking that you performed poorly, it is still entirely possible that you did well.