The psychometric exam first came to be part of the Israeli education system in 1981 as a unified state exam. After having undergone a number of changes, it has become one of two criteria for selecting applicants to study at institutions of higher education. The second criterion is the Israeli matriculation certificate, known as the “Bagrut”.
The psychometric test in Hebrew is given five times a year, while that in English (combined option) is given twice a year. It is important to understand that there are no differences between the English and Hebrew exams; the composition of the exam is the same in all languages.
Some differences between the Hebrew and English exams are due to differences specific to the nature of the language at hand. For instance, in the combined exam, the time allotment for the first part of the exam (i.e. essay writing) is 35 minutes instead of 30 minutes (as in the Hebrew exam). Similarly, there are also more tasks in the Hebrew verbal sections (23 instead of 20 as in the English sections).
In general, the language does not affect the structure of psychometric test and thus one’s chance to be granted entrance to a university. There exist numerous myths that this or that exam variant is easier than the others. For example, there are rumors that the February exam is easier than the July one. However, no proof has been found to back this rumor. The roots of the gossip are incorrect analyses of the Institute for Testing and Evaluation’s statistical data.
In fact, if we have a look at the average scores of the psychometric exam, we see that those who take the exam in February consistently receive higher scores. However if we analyze the students behind the statistics, we see a few characteristics of the February test takers that explain the difference in the average scores. In February, the exam can be taken in Hebrew, Russian, French and English. In addition, it is only in February that the test is not given in Arabic. The test can be taken in English and Russian only twice a year – in February and in July. The academic average for the psychometric test in English is the highest. Thus the higher scores stem from relevantly successful test takers – Hebrew, English, Russian and French – and the exclusion of the statistics from the Arabic tests, where the scores tend to be significantly lower.
“OK” educational center has been preparing students for the psychometric test in English, Russian and French since 1996. Students often seek advice when they are not sure in which language they should take the exam. The deciding factor should be the language(s) they read and write more and better in.
Taking the Psychometric in Hebrew has an advantage – you can take your exam many times a year. One can sit the exam in February, April, July, September and December (you may not sit the exam every time, you can take it every other exam date). However it should be noted that it is best to take the exam in that language that will provide you with better results.
The preparation courses in English take place at OK’s Tel-Aviv campus near Tel Aviv University. All our teachers have more than 5 years of experience.. Students of OK Education Center receive the most complete set of books and manuals (10 books) and seven full simulations (with detailed examination of essays).
The course starts 10 weeks before the exam. The number of students in each group is limited to 20.
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