The Ministry of Education has established special testing procedures on the matriculation exams for students that are temporary residents, tourists or children of foreign nationals in order to take into consideration their educational needs and requests.
Who is Eligible?
- Someone who is in 10th grade and above in the 2015 academic year and after (except for the populations detailed below) and one of the following applies to him:
- He was born abroad and is defined by the Ministry of Interior as a temporary resident or tourist.
- He is the child of a foreign national.
- Eligibility for leniencies is determined in 3 levels and is valid for 10 years or until age 23 (the latter of the two).
Eligibility based on the previous conditions
- The information on this page is not relevant for the following populations of students whose eligibility for accommodations is based on the old guidelines:
- 11th and 12th graders in the 2015 academic year
- 12th graders in the 2016 academic year
- Someone who until (and including), the 2014 academic year was given test accommodations based on being a "new immigrant" or "old immigrant (according to their age and date they entered Israel).
- For details regarding eligibility in these cases see Leniency on Matriculation Exams for New and Old Immigrants.
- Accommodations on the matriculation exams are determined based on 3 levels:
- Level A: Students that arrived in Israel and began studying in grades 1-3.
- Level B: Students that arrived in Israel and began studying in grades 4-8.
- Level C: Students that arrived in Israel and began studying in grades 9-12.
Accommodations given at each eligibility level
- The following accommodations are given to students in all 3 of the levels listed above:
- Written test questions in Hebrew for new immigrants in the following mandatory subjects: understanding, expression, and language (general, religious, independent), literature (general, religious, independent), civics (general, religious, independent), Bible (general, religious, independent), history (general, religious, independent), Oral Law (religious), Talmud, Jewish Thought (religious) and Judaism.
- 25% extra time on all written exams.
- Ignoring spelling errors on exams in Hebrew, with the exception of level A students on the Hebrew subject exams: understanding, expression and language.
- Reading the exam questionnaire aloud in Hebrew for all the tests written in Hebrew (bilingual questionnaires will not be read).
- Use of a Hebrew-mother tongue / mother tongue-Hebrew dictionary (including an electronic one) in all subjects and exams written in Hebrew, with the exception of level A students on the Hebrew subject exams: understanding, expression and language.
- Use of an English-mother tongue or mother tongue-English electronic dictionary on written English tests. For students at English level of 3 and 4, spelling mistakes will be ignored. Students in levels 3,4 and 5 may have the test read aloud for them.
- Use of a complete Bible, translated into different languages without commentaries on the Bible matriculation exam, for those using the regular exam questionnaire and those using the immigrant questionnaire.
Accommodations in Hebrew subjects (understanding, expression and language)
- On the Hebrew subject matriculation exams (understanding, expression and language), there is no bilingual test, no reading aloud, no dictation, no oral test.
- Accommodations for level B: The right to use a Hebrew-mother tongue or mother tongue-Hebrew dictionary, and to have spelling mistakes and writing errors ignored. These accommodations are for those using the regular exam questionnaire and those using the immigrant questionnaire.
- Accommodations for level C:
- The right to use a Hebrew-mother tongue or mother tongue-Hebrew dictionary, and to have spelling mistakes and writing errors ignored. These accommodations are for those using the regular exam questionnaire and those using the immigrant questionnaire.
- There is a new exam questionnaire in the Hebrew subjects (understanding, expression and language) for new immigrants.
Adding points for those who took regular exams
- Students who used the regular exam questionnaires (that are not new immigrant or oral questionnaires) are entitled to have points added to their scores based on this chart:
|Subject and type of grade||Additional points for level A eligibility||Additional points for level B eligibility||Additional points for level C eligibility|
|Any subject that is tested in Hebrew and in writing - yearly grade (given by the school)||10 points||15 points||15 points|
|Any subject that is tested in Hebrew and in writing - score given by an external matriculation exam||10 points||15 points||15 points|
|English language matriculation exam (does not apply to immigrants from English speaking countries) - final score (weighted)||10 points||10 points||10 points|
- For students who will be assessed with an alternative assessment in mandatory and elective subjects, in accordance with the Director's Circular 74/7 (d), the school will determine the grades and report them like they do to all students, and points will not be added.
- Levels B and C have the right bilingual exams in the following subjects:
- Mandatory subjects: Bible, literature, civics, history, Oral Law (on immigrant exams), math (on regular exams).
- Elective subjects (in regular tests): chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, electronics and computers, science and technology and for all social sciences - sociology, psychology and research methods.
- Bilingual exams will be translated into the following languages only:
- Tests in these five languages can be answered in the student's mother tongue, Hebrew or Arabic in both the summer and winter semesters. During the winter, bilingual exams will be held only in the compulsory subjects.
- Subjects that have a bilingual professional glossary in these languages, will have it provided to exam takers.
- Students taking a bilingual exams are not eligible to additional points, having the test read aloud or use of a dictionary.
- Level 3 students have the right to be tested orally in Hebrew or Arabic, in all subjects and on regular and new immigrant exam questionnaires except for the Hebrew subjects: understanding, language and expression. There are certain subjects that can't be tested orally because of the nature of the subject (for example, physics).
- Students tested orally are not entitled to additional points, having the test read aloud, or the use of a dictionary.
Students with special needs
- Students evaluated to have learning disabilities are entitled to these accommodations inn addition to the accommodations given to students with learning disabilities.
- Accommodations for learning disabilities are given on the regular and new immigrant exams.
- If the accommodations include additional points, the points are given only once.
How to Claim It?
- The right to the leniency should be given automatically to the students.
- For clarifications on the subject or to submit a complaint if an educational institution failed to provide a student the necessary accommodations, contact:
The Ministry of Education's Exam Department
- Address: 29 Shivtei Yisrael Street, Jerusalem
- Telephone: 02-5602489/585
- Fax: 02-560-2129
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Education's Public Inquiry and Complaints Department
- Address: 2 Devora HaNevia Street, Jerusalem, 91911
- Education Services Center: 1-800-25-00-25
- Student Hotline: 1-800-222-003
- Email for inquiries and information: email@example.com
- Email to submit a complaint: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laws and Regulations
- Ministry of Education Director Circular 5778/5 from 01.01.2018 - Rights of returning citizens and special populations on the matriculation exams
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