Following the Psychometric Entrance Test
Anyone with an Israeli identity document or valid passport who has taken the Psychometric Entrance Test in a language other than Hebrew is entitled to take the YAEL test. There is no limit to the number of times an examinee can take the test, even on consecutive test administrations. However, it is not permitted to take the YAEL test less than 35 days after taking the YAELNET test (or vice versa). If you take a test less than 35 days since a previous test, the test will be invalidated and you will not be entitled to a refund. If your test is invalidated, you will have to wait at least 35 days from the date of the invalidated test before taking another Hebrew proficiency test (either YAEL or YAELNET).
You do no need to have applied to an educational institution in order to take the test. You need take the test only once, even if you are applying to multiple educational institutions. Your scores will be reported to the institutions of your choice (see below for more details).
The scores of the YAEL test are used by educational institutions for placement of students in Hebrew preparatory courses, or as a part of their entrance requirements. For more details, refer to the institutions’ own handbooks and websites.
Typically, educational institutions will use a candidate’s highest score, but you should confirm that this is the case for the institution of your choice.
You do not need to register separately for the YAEL test. Every candidate who registers for the Psychometric Entrance Test in a language other than Hebrew is automatically registered for the YAEL test administered immediately following the Psychometric Test. In this case no extra fee is charged for the YAEL test. Any change of date, change of location or cancellation relating to the Psychometric Test will be applied to the corresponding YAEL test.
The YAEL Test is administered four times a year (winter, spring, summer and fall) immediately after the Psychometric Test at that season. The test dates are published on the website.
You should ascertain that the test date does not clash with other commitments you may have, such as matriculation (Bagrut) tests, travel abroad, or army reserve duty.
For your information: Test scores are not affected by test date, or form, or by the population being tested in any particular test administration. Scores are comparable across all test dates, languages and forms.
The test is administered at several locations around the country. You will be allocated to the same location for both the Psychometric test and the YAEL test immediately following it. The YAEL Test is administered in several locations outside Israel (depending on the number of applicants). Those wishing to take the test outside Israel must contact the Overseas Tests Unit at NITE. Special test accommodations are not available outside Israel.
The test is usually administered in university lecture halls. As at any university, these halls vary in terms of size, seating facilities, etc. You are required to take the test in the lecture hall to which you are assigned.
During the test, use of the following is strictly prohibited: calculators (including those on wristwatches), clocks (including stopwatches) that produce sound, cellular telephones, other communication devices, laptops and electronic instruments of any kind, dictionaries, books, papers or any other study aids.
Smoking is prohibited in all the examination halls.
Any behavior that interferes with fair admissions procedures, such as copying or impersonation, is cheating. Cheating may lead to an unfair situation where less capable candidates are accepted, perhaps even at the expense of candidates better suited to the study program in question. The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation has methods for detecting cheating and reserves the right to refuse to administer a test, or even to disqualify a test, if the examinee commits an offense that compromises the test’s confidentiality or results, or if any suspicion arises as to whether the test score accurately reflects the examinee’s ability. Please note: impersonation (such as sending someone to take the test on your behalf) is a criminal offense. If someone is suspected of committing such an offense, a complaint will be filed with the police and with the university disciplinary committees.