Guidelines for Those Taking the Stand-Alone YAEL Test:
Before, during and after the Test
Use Your Time Wisely
As mentioned previously, the time allotted for answering each section appears 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 turn to the next section, and you will not be allowed to return to the previous section.
Below are some suggestions for how to use the allotted time efficiently:
- In the multiple-choice sections, 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 of the questions in the section. If you spend too much time on one question, you will not have enough time to answer the remaining questions and to receive points for them. Easy questions and difficult questions have equal weight for scoring purposes, so there is no point in getting stuck on one difficult question. In the time that you save, you could answer several easier 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 of 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, make a guess! Your guess does not need to be at random. You might be able to rule out some of the possible responses on the basis of partial knowledge, and this will increase 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 of 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 to do anything except quickly fill in missing answers and make sure you have marked an answer for every question.
- When starting the writing task, spend a few minutes thinking about the ideas you want to present. If you decide to begin by writing a rough draft, remember that the time it will take to copy the draft to the answer sheet is included in the total time allotted for the section, and no additional time will be given for copying the draft. Of course, you may erase words or entire sections on the answer sheet, but remember that your handwriting must be legible and the flow of the essay must be clear. A short while before the end of the allotted time, read over the writing assignment again to make sure it is legible and comprehensible.
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.
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 and dictionaries
- Opening the test booklet before being instructed to do so
- Turning to another section without being instructed to do so
- Continuing to work on a section after the end of the allotted time
- Taking test material out of the test hall
- Being in possession of an electronic device such as cellular telephone, computer, music player, etc. during the test
- Disregarding the proctors’ instructions
If you have any questions or complaints about the test, please address them in writing to the Customer Relations Department at the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation within one week of the test date. You will receive a personal reply.