FAQ - Special Test Accommodations
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Will my application be rejected if I don’t have documents from the past?
You should make every effort to locate documentation of your educational performance and difficulties from elementary school onwards: evaluations, report cards, or any other documents from a young age documenting and describing your difficulties, e.g. letters from teachers, reports of parent-teacher conferences, tests and exercise books.
These materials usually include important information which sheds light on the nature and causes of the difficulties. We regret that without information on your performance at elementary school level, it is sometimes impossible to definitely determine that difficulties result from learning disabilities or ADD, and in such cases we cannot authorize special test accommodations.
Why do I need an up-to-date evaluation? My problems and difficulties haven’t changed. Why does it matter that my last evaluation was a bit more than five years ago, or that I was a bit younger than 16?
Our aim is to provide all examinees with the conditions that they require today, when registering for the test. Functioning in various domains, such as reading and writing, is liable to change over the years with practice, remedial teaching, and improved ability. Therefore, in many cases we are unable to decide on the appropriate accommodations for an examinee without an up-to-date evaluation of his or her functioning in the relevant domains. The nature and presentation of difficulties arising from ADD also change over the years, and this too makes an up-to-date evaluation necessary in order to determine the appropriate accommodations.
Nevertheless, we do consider applications with partial or outdated documentation, and we don’t reject them out of hand as not meeting the requirements. Every application receives the best possible professional assessment on the basis of the documents received.
I was given special test accommodations for the PET in the past. I want to take one of NITE’s other tests. What do I need to do?
See the instructions for repeat applications for special test accommodations.
Can I come in and discuss my problem with you?
A fair and professional assessment of special test accommodations must be based chiefly on data reflecting performance over a number of years in a variety of domains connected to learning disabilities. A face-to-face conversation, however comprehensive, is no substitute for a consistent and professional data collection process. Therefore we do not hold personal interviews. However, your individual point of view is important to us, and we ask you to fill out the Applicant Questionnaire carefully. Detailed responses to the questionnaire will help us form an all-round picture of your functioning and your difficulties. If you want to emphasize or clarify certain points that do not come up in the Applicant Questionnaire, you are welcome to add a personal statement to your application.
My physician refuses to fill out a Medical Opinion Questionnaire. What should I do?
If the physician refuses to fill out the questionnaire, ask for a signed opinion that answers all the questions in the questionnaire.
This document should be accompanied by a note of the physician’s telephone number and surgery hours.
I cannot locate my evaluator and get him or her to fill out the Questionnaire for the Evaluator. What should I do?
If you are unable to locate your evaluator, you can send us the application and documents without the questionnaire. The professional staff will consider your application on the basis of the documentation received. In such a case, you may be required to submit additional documentation and pay an extra fee.
My evaluator did not fill out the Questionnaire for the Evaluator, and says it is unnecessary. Should I insist on it being filled out?
No. If the detailed evaluation report contains all the information required for every section of the Questionnaire for the Evaluator, there is no need to fill out the questionnaire itself. Only the evaluator can decide if he or she needs to fill out the questionnaire. In any case, bear in mind that only a professional evaluator is qualified to fill out the questionnaire.
Do I need to send the list of accommodations I was given in the Bagrut exams?
If you are requesting accommodations for the writing assignment, send the list of accommodations from the Bagrut. If you are requesting other accommodations, it is not required.
Is a computerized test like TOVA or MOXO sufficient for an application for special test accommodations for Attention Deficit Disorder?
No. To confirm Attention Deficit Disorder you need a comprehensive ADD evaluation conducted within the last three years, as explained in the instructions for submitting documentation for ADD.
Tests like TOVA or MOXO are no substitute for a comprehensive evaluation, although they are among of the factors that may be considered when making the evaluation.
Do I need to take the MATAL test?
No. The BAMOT unit accepts evaluations from any qualified professional, as long as they contain all the necessary information, as listed in the Questionnaire for the Evaluator.
My last diagnosis is no longer up-to-date. Does NITE work with or endorse specific evaluation institutes?
No. We accept evaluation from any qualified professional. We do not require evaluations from any specific institutes and we do not endorse any individual institutes or evaluators.
You should establish in advance what type of evaluation is appropriate to your difficulties and make sure to apply to a professional with the relevant expertise.
You should give the evaluator the Questionnaire for the Evaluator in advance. The questionnaire includes instructions and lists the information to be gathered and documented during the evaluation.
What should I send with the application for special test accommodations for the Psychometric Entrance Test?
Why can’t my application for special test accommodations be considered before I register for the test?
The consideration of an application is a complex process involving professionals from a number of relevant fields (psychology, neuropsychology, learning disabilities, etc.). The service is provided to examinees free of charge, but since the process is long and the costs are high, we cannot offer it before confirmed test registration.
Can I send documents by fax?
No. We regret that we cannot consider documents sent by fax.
What is the deadline for the application and documents?
The application for special test accommodations and accompanying documentation must be received by NITE by the registration deadline for the test you registered for. We regret that we are unable to consider documents received later than this deadline. The application handling process (reading applications, considering them, taking decisions, and setting up the special test accommodations) is long and complex, and we can’t be flexible with the timetable.
Therefore we strongly recommended that you finish gathering the required documents and send them in well in advance (around three months before the test) and don’t wait till the last minute.
Where should I send the applications and required documents?
Send the application and documents to:
The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation
P.O. Box 26015
How do I register for special test accommodations? The registration on the website is only for the regular test!
First register for the regular test on one of the dates when a test with special accommodations is to be held. Then send us copies of the required documents for an application for special test accommodations in the same envelope as the registration documents. If you register online, send in the documents immediately after registration. We recommend sending the documents by registered post. Hold on to the originals of the documents.
On what dates are tests with special accommodations held?
Test with special accommodations are held according to this schedule.
My application for special test accommodations was authorized. Why was I not sent a notification of the test date with the authorization? When will I receive the notification?
Allocation to test dates and locations are made after all applications for special test accommodations have been considered and processed. This means that notifications for tests with special accommodations are sent later than other notifications, up to five weeks after the end of test registration.
Did you receive my documents? How can I check the status of my application?
Details of registration, test location, and the status of an application for special test accommodations can be found by logging on to the NITE website.
Can I appeal by phone?
In order to enable us to handle your request in a detailed professional manner, the reason for the appeal must be given in writing. Therefore there is no possibility to appeal by phone.
Why is a fee charged for an appeal?
The original application for special test accommodations is free of charge, and covered by the registration fee for the test. An appeal necessitates a reevaluation of the request, and the fee is charged to cover the cost of the reevaluation. In order to avoid the need of a reevaluation, it is very important to include all the information required to make a decision in your case with the original application.
How do I pay for the appeal?
On the NITE website.
I wasn’t given special test accommodations and I want to appeal. Can I do that? How?
If you have documents not included in the original application, such as evaluations from an early age, up-to-date diagnoses, school report cards etc., you can submit them and request a reevaluation of your case in which the additional documents will be taken into consideration.
Even if you have no additional documents, you can submit a reasoned appeal letter and request a reevaluation of your case.
However, bear in mind that the decision on your special test accommodations was made after careful consideration involving a number of professionals, according to clear professional guidelines. Furthermore, if any doubts arose concerning special test accommodations for a particular examinee, the case has already been reconsidered by a larger team. Therefore, the decision is unlikely to change in the absence of additional information. We recommend only appealing the decision if you have documentation not submitted with the original application which adds new information above and beyond that already considered.
How much time is allotted for each section of the MIFAM test?
In the MIFAM test, time is allotted for each question separately. If you use all the allotted time, each section will take two hours of more. Most examinees use less than half the allotted time. Please note that, unlike the regular test, if you have unused time at the end of the MIFAM test you will not be able to go back and review questions you already answered.
I have been authorized for a MIFAM test. Can I practice the test?
Absolutely! Practice tests are an important part of preparation. You can find a practice MIFAM test on the website.
I have been authorized for a computerized test. Can I get an extra time allotment instead?
Special test accommodations are granted on the basis of professional and psychometric considerations, and the aim of the professional staff is to overcome disabilities as far as possible without damaging the quality of the assessment or the fairness of the test for the whole population. The authorized accommodations are the most appropriate for you with all factors taken into account. Therefore there is no possibility for an examinee to select a change in special test accommodations.
What special accommodations may be given in the Psychometric Entrance Test?
Will I receive the accommodations recommended by my evaluator?
Possibly, but not necessarily. Although the evaluation report provides essential information for reaching a decision concerning accommodations, additional expertise is required to make a decision on accommodation for the PET. The data about the disabilities, psychometric issues, and specific facts about the PET (the nature of the test, its objectives and assignments, etc.) all need to be taken in to account.
Special accommodations for the PET are granted with great care, with the objective of fairness for the individual examinee and the examinee population as a whole. The test score is relative to the scores of other examinees and we endeavor to be as accurate as possible in granting special test accommodations, because an inappropriate accommodation is liable to discriminate for or against the examinee.
I was granted accommodations in the Bagrut exams. Will I be granted the same accommodations by NITE?
Possibly, but not necessarily. The Psychometric Entrance Test is different from the Bagrut in content, form, purpose and also in the possible special accommodations. So there may be differences between the accommodations granted for Bagrut and those granted for the PET.
For example, the Bagrut exams mostly test knowledge, so the speed of answering is not a relevant factor. This means that additional time allotments have no effect on the test’s accuracy and do not affect the significance of the test score. The PET, on the other hand, is a tool that predicts success in academic study, and therefore it includes assessment of intellectual abilities, including efficiency of thought processes. Extra time allotments could make us measure different abilities than intended, and therefore they are only granted in cases where slowness results from a primary learning disability (e.g. dyslexia) or a physical condition, and not in cases of general slowness in thinking and processing information.
What does the BAMOT unit take into account when authorizing special test accommodations?
Special test accommodations are intended for cases where the normal test conditions would not allow a correct assessment of the abilities measured by the test. Every application for special test accommodations is considered in the light of the examinee’s individual difficulties and the specific accommodations that the examinee requires in order for his or her abilities to be assessed as accurately as possible. For example, in the case of an examinee with visual impairment, the purpose of the accommodations is to overcome this impairment and make the test accessible through the use of large-print test booklets and answer sheets or other methods.
It’s worth emphasizing that special test accommodations are not a form of compensation or positive discrimination. The accommodations are intended to overcome as far as possible disabilities that prevent an examinee from presenting his or her abilities. Therefore accommodations are only granted in cases where the examinee’s disability does not affect any of the abilities which the test is intended to measure. For example, the Psychometric Entrance Test measures, among other things, efficiency of thought processes, and so there is no possibility of allowing an extra time allowance to overcome general slowness in processing information. For more details, see the information page.
What preparatory course do you recommend for examinees with learning disabilities or ADD?
Institutes that give preparatory courses are independent bodies with no connection to NITE, so we do not make any endorsements. You are welcome to use our preparatory test material on the NITE website.
Will my university know that I was given special test accommodations?
Possibly. NITE doesn’t automatically release this information, but institutions of higher education are entitled to enquire whether the test was given with special accommodations or not. In any case, if the institutions request this information, they are not given details of the nature of the disability for which accommodations were given.
Can I register for the English test (AMIR) and the Psychometric Entrance Test at the same date?
You can register for both tests on the same date, but since the allocation for each test is made independently without reference to other tests, you might end up being called for both tests at the same time, and you will only be able to take one. You may be allocated different times, of course, but we cannot guarantee this.
Why can’t I send even one additional document after the registration deadline?
If an examinee sends additional material - even only one document - the whole application is reconsidered. We regret that reconsideration after the registration deadline is impossible, because the process of handling application is long and complex, and we are unable to be flexible with the timetable.
Why do I have to pay a fee?
The original consideration of documents is free of charge. If an examinee sends additional material - even only one document - the application must be reconsidered, and in order to make a full evaluation we need to reexamine all the documentation in the case, not just the additional material. The fee charged covers a comprehensive reexamination of the application.
How do I pay the fee for additional documentation?
On the NITE website.
I already sent an application for special test accommodations and I want to send additional documentation. What do I need to do?
You can send additional documentation up to the registration deadline for the test. A fee will be charged for submitting additional documentation after the original application.