The AMIR assesses English language proficiency, which cannot be acquired in a matter of weeks, but only over a prolonged period of study. Therefore, there is little benefit in intensive short-term preparation. Nevertheless, if you have not had much exposure to reading materials in English over the past few years, it is recommended that you refresh your skills by reading various texts as the test date approaches. It is also suggested that you familiarize yourself with the requirements of the test.

To do this:

  1. Read the material available on this website and make sure you are acquainted with the test's format.  Familiarize yourself with the types of questions that appear on the test. On this website, you will find answers to questions such as "Is it worthwhile to guess?" and "Are difficult questions weighted more heavily than easier questions?"
  2. Carefully read sample questions and explanations for solving them. The more familiar you are with the types of questions you will be asked, the more comfortable you will feel when actually taking the test.
  3. Read and make sure you understand the instructions for solving each type of question. The instructions found on this website are similar to those that appear on the actual test.  By familiarizing yourself with these instructions in advance, you will have more time to answer the questions during the test.
  4. Take the practice tests found on this website. Try to answer the questions under conditions as similar as possible to those you will encounter during the test itself: keep within the time limits and mark your answers on the answer sheet that accompanies each test.

Recommendations and Guidelines

Before the Test

Review the types of questions appearing on the test and the various test instructions.

Prepare everything that you must bring to the test:

  • Your ID card – you will not be allowed to take the test without it.
  • Two pencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser.

It is also recommended that you bring:

  • Your test notification slip, to confirm the exact time and place of the test.
  •  If you wish - food and drink, and earplugs.
  • Suitable clothing – The test hall may be colder or warmer than you expected.

Make sure that you know in advance how to reach your assigned test hall, to avoid arriving late. You may not bring cellular telephones (not even for telling time), beepers, earphones, watches that beep or that have calculators, portable music players, or any other item that might disturb other examinees in the test hall. The test is approximately one and a half hours long. There are no breaks. During the test, no visitors are allowed into the test halls and messages will not be given to examinees.

During the Test

  • Study aids are forbidden!  During the test, you may not use alarm clocks, calculators or electronic devices of any kind, dictionaries of any kind, books, papers, or any other study aids. If you need scrap paper, you may use only the pages of the test booklet itself.
  • Each type of question is preceded by instructions. It is very important to read them thoroughly. Carelessness could lead you to misunderstand an important instruction and cause you to answer all the questions of that type incorrectly. If you cannot answer a question, do not spend too much time on it. Easy questions and difficult questions have equal weight for scoring purposes.
  • If you finish a test section before the allotted time, go back to the questions you left out and try to answer them.
  • The AMIR is a multiple choice test:  each question is followed by several possible answers. You must choose the best answer. You may choose only one answer.
  • Try to approach the questions systematically. If you are not sure of the correct answer, use what you do know to eliminate those possibilities that are illogical.
  • 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 worthwhile to guess and mark one of the answers. Guessing cannot harm your score; it can only improve it.  Remember: If you do not guess, you cannot possibly get credit for that question. If you do guess, you have a 25% chance of guessing the right answer.

The Answer Sheet

The answer sheet for the test is read by an optical scanner that is designed to read marks made by a pencil. Therefore, make sure to bring at least two pencils to the test. Mark your answer by filling in the oval corresponding to the answer you have chosen, as follows:

Below is a section of the answer sheet.  Let us assume that you are answering question number 2, and you have decided that the correct answer is 3. Find the corresponding oval and fill it in as shown:

Note: The only correct way to mark an answer is by filling in the oval completely with a pencil.  Any other mark – a vertical line, a horizontal line, a circle, etc. – will not be read!

If you fill in more than one oval per question, your answer will be disqualified.  If you want to change an answer that you have already marked, use a clean eraser to erase the incorrect answer, and then mark the answer you think is the correct one.  Make sure your previous answer is completely erased!

Make sure that each answer is marked in the correct place. If you skip a question in the test booklet, make sure that you skip the corresponding place on the answer sheet. When answering subsequent questions, always check that the number of the question matches the number of the column in which you are marking your answer.

Note: You bear sole responsibility for what appears on your answer sheet. It will be read exactly as you filled it in.  If you mistakenly marked answers in the wrong place, there is no way to reconstruct what you really intended, and the answer sheet that you filled in incorrectly will determine your score. Fixing an answer sheet may be done only by the examinee and only during the time allotted for that particular section. No additional time will be given for this purpose.

Cheating on the Test

Any kind of cheating, such as copying or posing as someone else, interferes with fair admissions procedures. The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation has methods for detecting cheating. The Institute can refuse to administer a test or can disqualify a test if the examinee commits an offense related to the test's confidentiality or its results.  Please note!  Impersonation (such as sending someone else 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 the university disciplinary committees. The impostor, and the person who sent him, risk imprisonment and being barred from studies for an extended period of time.  Thus, any attempt to act in an unethical manner is liable, in the end, to cause the examinee much more harm than a few wrong answers. The National Institute for Testing and Evaluation reserves the right to invalidate an examinee's test if there is reason to suspect that the results do not accurately reflect the examinee's own ability.

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. The Institutewill 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:

  • Disruptivebehavior during the test
  • Copying, and giving or receiving help in answering a question
  • Using forbidden study aids, such as papers, books, calculators, dictionaries, or telephones
  • 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

After the Test

After completing the test you will receive a Feedback Questionnaire in which you will be asked your opinion of the testing conditions. You may be asked to rate your satisfaction with the registration procedure and the test, or to express your opinion on other areas that the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation deals with. The feedback questionnaire is not part of the test; it is reviewed separately from the test answer sheets, and it cannot in any way affect you or your test score. Answering the questionnaire is optional, but we would appreciate your taking a few minutes to do so, as your answers will enable us to improve the service we offer examinees. Please note that the feedback questionnaire is not designed for dealing with individual complaints. 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.

Some examinees may leave the test feeling that many questions were difficult; some may not have managed to answer all the questions within the allotted time. It is important to understand that even though the score is calculated on the basis of the number of questions answered correctly, it is also equated with the performance of the other examinees. An examinee may do well on the test even without answering all of the questions correctly or finishing every section.

Practice Tests

Five actual AMIR tests for practice purposes appear below. The tests will also help you estimate how well you are likely to perform when you take the test.

Note that new types of questions may occasionally appear on the test. In addition, changes may be made to some of the test instructions, the number of questions contained in a test section or the amount of time allotted for solving the questions.