How does the Hebrew test work?
During the first station (verification station see tzav rishon) at your tzav rishon you will be given a Hebrew Test. You will be given a Hebrew evaluation by a soldier usually female.
The Hebrew Test is comprised of 3 parts:
1.Speaking ability – During this stage you will be asked basic questions. For example: why do you want to join the IDF? What do you do on Shabat?
2.Reading skills – The tester will ask you to read several sentences in order to evaluate how well you read. You will also be asked to explain the words. The sentences are sophisticated for example: שנתו נדדה כל אותו הלילה בשל העוול שנגרם לו3.Writing capability – This consists of completing sentences. The tester will read you a sentence which is lacking one or two words and you need to complete the missing words.
You will be given a score at the end called a Simul Ivrit the score ranges from 1 -9. Your Hebrew score does not affect your Kaba score.
You need to receive at least a 6 in order to get an exemption from the IDF Ulpan. (Highly recommended)
If you feel that you did not receive a correct score it is possible to protest. Unfortunately the test is not exactly accurate. We have seen cases of people with good Hebrew that received a ‘5’ and had to attend the IDF Ulpan. Likewise we have also encountered kids with lousy Hebrew that received a ‘6’ and did not have to attend the IDF Ulpan even though they did not know how to speak Hebrew.