Registering for the Test and Submitting a Request for Special Test Accommodations

When is the test given with special accommodations?

Special test accommodations are given on these test administration dates.

How do I register for special test accommodations? The website only lets me register for the regular test.

You must register for the regular test on one of the administration dates when tests are given with special accommodations. In order to request special accommodations, send in one envelope the registration material together with copies of all the required documentation. If you register online, you must send the documentation immediately after completing the registration process. We recommend that you send the materials by registered mail. Keep the originals of all the documents you send.

Where should the request and documentation be sent?

The request and accompanying documents should be sent to:

 

National Institute for Testing and Evaluation

P.O. Box 26015

Jerusalem 9126001

 

Until when can I send the request and documentation?

The request for special accommodations and all the accompanying material must be received by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation by the registration deadline for your preferred test administration date. Unfortunately, we will not be able to review documents received after that date. The process of evaluating requests (reading and reviewing the material, reaching decisions, and making the necessary arrangements in advance of the test) is long and complex, and we cannot waive the deadline.

Therefore, it is recommended that you collect all the necessary documentation and send it as soon as possible (at least three months before your preferred test administration date) rather than waiting until the last minute.

Is it possible to fax documents?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to review material that is sent by fax.

Why can't my request for special test accommodations be reviewed before I register for the test?

The process of reviewing requests is complicated and involves the input of professionals from several relevant fields of expertise (psychology, neurology, learning disabilities, and so forth). This service is provided free of charge to test registrants, but because the process is long and expensive, we cannot offer it unless the applicant actually registers for the test.

 

Preparing the Request and the Necessary Documentation

What must I send along with my request to take the Psychometric Entrance Test with special accommodations?

The answer depends on what type of disability makes it difficult for you to take the test under regular conditions:

My last evaluation is no longer valid. Are there specific evaluation organizations that the National Institute works with or prefers?

No. We accept evaluations from any qualified professional. We do not insist on a particular organization nor do we recommend any specific organization or individual.

It is preferable to verify from the outset what type of evaluation is applicable to your particular disability, and to make sure that you go to a professional with the appropriate expertise.

It is also preferable to give the evaluator the Questionnaire for the Evaluator in advance. The form includes guidelines and details of the information that should be gathered and documented as part of the evaluation.

Is it mandatory to do the MATAL test battery?

No, you are not obliged to be evaluated using the MATAL system. The Special Test Accommodations (BAMOT) Unit accepts evaluations carried out by any qualified professional, as long as all the required information – as detailed in the Questionnaire for the Evaluator – is included.

Is a computerized test, such as TOVA, sufficient when submitting a request for special test accommodations because of Attention Deficit Disorder?

No. The presence of Attention Deficit Disorder is ascertained on the basis of documentation and a comprehensive evaluation of attention and concentration issues conducted within the three years prior to the request, as explained in the Guidelines for Professionals. A test such as TOVA cannot replace such an evaluation, but is one of the factors taken into consideration when making a diagnosis.

Should I send the page of special test accommodations that I received for the Bagrut (matriculation) exams?

If you are requesting special accommodations for the writing task, you should send the page of Bagrut accommodations. If you are applying for other kinds of accommodations, there is no need to send the page.

The evaluator did not fill in the Questionnaire for the Evaluator, and says that it is not necessary. Need I insist that (s)he fill it in?

No. If the detailed evaluation report contains all the requested information in all the parts of the evaluation, there is no need to fill in the questionnaire itself. Only the evaluator can decide whether or not (s)he needs to fill out the questionnaire.

Above all, it is important to remember that only a professional can fill out the Questionnaire for the Evaluator.

I was unable to get in touch with the evaluator who diagnosed me in order to ask him/her to fill out the Questionnaire for the Evaluator. What should I do?

If you cannot get in touch with the evaluator who diagnosed you, you can send your request and documentation without the questionnaire. The professional staff will review your case on the basis of the available information. However, in cases like this, it is possible that you may have to provide additional materials and pay an extra fee.

My doctor is not willing to fill out the Questionnaire for a Physician/Medical Opinion. What should I do?

If the doctor is not willing to fill out the questionnaire, ask him/her to write a signed letter answering all the questions on the questionnaire. Attach the physician's phone number and office hours to the letter.

May I come to see you to speak about my issues?

A fair and professional assessment of your need for special test accommodations must be based primarily on information that reflects your ability to function over a period of years and in various areas related to learning disabilities. A personal conversation, no matter how in-depth, cannot replace data that is collected professionally and consistently. At the same time, because your perspective is important to us, we ask that you answer the questions on the Applicant Questionnaire  carefully and thoughtfully. Detailed answers on this questionnaire will give us a more complete picture of your functioning and your difficulties.

If you feel it is important to emphasize or clarify certain points that are not included in the Applicant Questionnaire, you are certainly welcome to add a personal letter to your application.

In the past, I have received special accommodations for the Psychometric Entrance Test. Now I want to take another test offered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. What should I do?

Why do I need an updated evaluation? My disabilities have not changed. Why does it matter if my last evaluation was conducted a bit more than five years ago, or if I was a little under the age of 16?

We want to make sure that every examinee receives the accommodations appropriate for the situation at the time that he or she registers for the test. One's functioning in various areas, such as reading and writing, is liable to change over the years as a result of practice, remedial education, and improvement in skills. Therefore, in many cases, we cannot make a decision regarding accommodations for a particular applicant without an updated description of her or his functioning in relevant areas. The types of difficulties stemming from Attention Deficit Disorder, and the way they manifest themselves, can also change with time, and for this reason as well we need an updated evaluation in order to provide the right accommodations.

At the same time, we discuss many applications that come with partial or outdated documentation, and we do not discard them simply because they do not conform to our requirements. Using the available information, we make the most professional decision possible with regard to each request.

I do not have previous background material. Does this mean I cannot get special accommodations?

It is critical that you make every effort to locate documents that verify any learning problems you experienced from your elementary school years onward: evaluations and report cards, as well as any other document that indicates and describes the difficulties you had, such as reports from teachers, notes from parent meetings with remedial teachers, tests, and school notebooks.

These documents usually contain important information that sheds light on the type of problems you had and their source. Unfortunately, when we lack sufficient information on your level of functioning during elementary school, we may be unable to verify that your difficulties stem from learning disabilities or from attention deficit issues, and in that case, it would be impossible to approve special test accommodations.

 

Following Up on the Request

Have you received my documentation? How can I check on the status of my request?

Details of your registration, test location, and status of your request for special accommodations are posted on your login space on the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation website.

I was approved for special test accommodations. Why wasn't the test notification slip (date of the test) sent to me along with the approval for the accommodations. When will I receive the test notification slip?

Examinees are assigned to a test date and location only after all the reviews of requests for special accommodations have been completed, and all of the decisions have been made with regard to applications for that test administration. For this reason, the test notification slip for a test given with special accommodations is likely to be sent out later than other test notification slips, and may not arrive until five weeks or so after the registration deadline.

 

Submitting Additional Documents

I have already submitted my request for special test accommodations and now I wish to send additional documents. What should I do?

You may submit additional documentation until the registration deadline. Please note an extra fee is required for the submission of additional documentation after the initial request has been sent.

How do I pay for submission of additional documents?

On the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation website.

Why do I need to pay an extra fee to submit additional documents?

The initial review of your documentation is done without payment. Once an examinee submits additional documents – even just one – we must reconsider his/her entire case again. In this second review, we do not only deal with the new document(s), but must go back and look again at all the documents in the original file in order to arrive at a new decision, that takes all of the information into account. The payment is for the additional review of your request.

Why can't I submit additional documents – even just one – after the registration deadline?

When an examinee sends additional documents – or even just one – his/her entire case has to be considered again. Unfortunately, it is impossible to hold a review of this kind after the registration deadline. Because the process of evaluating requests is long and complex, we cannot waive the deadline.

 

Appealing a Decision

I was not approved for special test accommodations and I want to appeal the decision. Can I do this? How?

If you have documentation that was not submitted along with your initial application, such as evaluations from previous years, an updated evaluation, or school report cards, you may send them and request a second review of your case that will take the additional documents into consideration. Even if you have no additional documents, you may write a letter of appeal explaining why your case should be reviewed again.

At the same time, bear in mind that a decision on whether or not to approve special test accommodations is made after a thorough review carried out by several professionals who must abide by clear professional guidelines. Moreover, when there is some uncertainty as to whether special accommodations should be approved, or what those accommodations should be, another review is held in a broader forum. Thus, there is little likelihood that the decision will be reversed in the absence of additional material. Therefore, it is advisable to appeal a decision only if you have documents that were not submitted with your initial request and that provide new information not contained in the documents we have already seen.

How do I pay to submit an appeal?

On the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation website.

Why do I need to pay to submit an appeal?

Submitting an initial request for special test accommodations does not involve payment, since the cost of processing it is covered by the regular test registration fees. Submitting an appeal requires a second review of the request, and therefore requires payment of an extra fee. To avoid the need for a second review, it is very important that you send your request together with all the information needed to reach a decision in your case.

May I appeal a decision by telephone?

In order for us to be able to treat your request professionally and comprehensively, the reasons for an appeal must be presented in writing. Therefore, you may not appeal a decision by telephone.

 

Criteria for Receiving Special Test Accommodations

What considerations does the Special Test Accommodations (BAMOT) Unit take into account when approving special test accommodations?

Special test accommodations are designed for cases in which the regular test cannot provide an accurate picture of the abilities it is designed to assess. Every review of a request for special test accommodations focuses on the examinee's specific disabilities and on the specific accommodations that (s)he needs so that the test can assess his/her abilities more accurately. For example, in the case of an examinee with visual impairment, the goal of special test accommodations would be to overcome that disability and make the test accessible to the examinee by providing him/her with a larger-print test booklet and answer sheet, or by other means if necessary.

It should be noted that special test accommodations are not designed to compensate examinees or give them preferential treatment. Special test accommodations are designed to overcome, to as great an extent as possible, the disability that prevents the examinee from demonstrating his/her abilities. Therefore, special accommodations are given only when the disability does not adversely affect one of the abilities that the test is meant to assess. For example, one of the abilities assessed by the test is the examinee's efficiency of cognitive processing. Therefore, a person will not be given an allotment of additional time in order to compensate for his/her overall slowness in processing information. More details are available on the information sheet.

I received special test accommodations for the Bagrut (matriculation) exams. Does this mean I will receive them from you?

Possibly, but not necessarily. The Psychometric Entrance Test differs from the Bagrut exams in its content, format, goals, and even in the types of available accommodations. Therefore, it is possible that any accommodations you receive for the Psychometric Entrance Test will differ from those you received for the Bagrut.

For example, the main purpose of the Bagrut is to test knowledge. Allotting additional time does not change the essence of the test, but rather allows examinees to fully demonstrate their knowledge. On the other hand, one of the variables assessed by the PET is different aspects related to the efficiency of cognitive processing. An allotment of additional time can adversely affect this assessment. Therefore, an allotment of additional time will not be approved for applicants whose main issue is overall slowness in processing information.

Will I receive the accommodations recommended by my evaluator?

Possibly, but not necessarily. While the evaluator's report provides essential information that is needed to determine your test accommodations, a decision is also based on other types of expertise: we must integrate information on the type of disability you have with psychometric considerations and the parameters of the test itself (essence, goals, tasks, etc.). Decisions on special accommodations for the Psychometric Entrance Test are made very meticulously and without jeopardizing its fairness vis-à-vis you or the other examinees. Your score on the test is calculated in relation to other examinees, and we make every effort to provide the most suitable accommodations possible, because an inappropriate accommodation could discriminate in favor of, or against, one examinee in relation to others.

 

Information about Special Test Accommodations

What types of special accommodations are given for the Psychometric Entrance Test?

I received approval to use a computer to take the test. Can I ask for an additional allotment of time instead?

Decisions regarding special test accommodations are made on the basis of professional and psychometric considerations. The goal of the professional staff is to allow the student to overcome a specific disability as much as possible without this adversely affecting how well the test assesses his/her capabilities and how fair it is vis-à-vis other examinees. The accommodations that were approved are those that are most appropriate for you, based on the entire range of considerations. Therefore, it is not possible to change accommodations in accordance with examinee's preferences.

 

I received approval to take the MIFAM. Are there practice tests?

Of course. It is highly recommended that you take practice tests as part of your preparation. MIFAM practice tests are found on the website.

How much time is allotted for each section of the MIFAM?

On the MIFAM, time is allotted separately for each question. An examinee who uses all the allotted time will need two hours or more to complete each section. Most examinees use less than half of the allotted time. It should be noted that, unlike students who receive allotments of additional time as a regular test accommodation, students taking the MIFAM cannot use any remaining time to return to questions they have already answered.

 

General Questions

Can I register to take the Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) and the English Proficiency Test (AMIR) on the same test administration date?

You can register to take both tests on the same test administration date, but because the assignment for each test is made independently of the other, it is possible that you will receive notification slips to take both tests at the same time, and then you will be able to take only one of them. It is possible, of course, that you will be assigned to two separate days, but unfortunately, we cannot promise this.

Will the universities know that I took the test with special accommodations?

Possibly. The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation does not report this information, but institutions of higher education may ask which examinees took the test under normal conditions and which examinees had special accommodations. In any case, even when the universities request this information, the details of an examinee's disabilities are not provided.

Which course would you recommend for examinees with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder?

The preparatory courses are given by independent organizations and there is no contact between them and the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation, therefore we do not recommend any such course. We suggest that you prepare for the test using our preparatory materials, which are uploaded onto our website.