Modern Hebrew Subject Test

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The Modern Hebrew Subject Test assesses your knowledge of and ability to recognize appropriate language patterns in Modern Hebrew. Whether you developed these skills in the classroom or at home, taking the Modern Hebrew Subject Test gives you the opportunity to highlight your achievements and can enhance your college applications.

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Test Basics

Scoring, Timing, Number of Questions
Points Minutes Questions
200–800 60 85 (Multiple Choice)

Important Notes

  • Offered in June only
  • No material is written in biblical Hebrew; some passages may have biblical references

Getting Ready for the Test

Additional Things to Know

When should I take the Modern Hebrew test?

There are a few factors to consider as you decide when to take the test. You should have at least two years of strong preparation in the language, but the more the better.

It's recommended that you take the Modern Hebrew test as close to the end of the most advanced Modern Hebrew class that you plan to take, while still balancing college admission and placement requirements. You’re likely not to do as well if you take the test after you haven’t been in a Modern Hebrew class for several months.

  • For seniors studying Modern Hebrew: If Modern Hebrew is a strong subject for you, be sure it’s one of the SAT Subject Tests you take in time for colleges to see your score. If you’re only taking it for placement purposes, and not as part of your application, wait until you’re as far along in your course as possible.

Which Hebrew is used on the Modern Hebrew test?

The language used on the test is taken from pieces written and dialogue spoken by those who use Modern Hebrew in their everyday lives. Words or sayings specific to certain geographic areas will not be used in the test. If you’ve had at least two years of strong preparation in the language, then you should be able to understand the Modern Hebrew on the test.

I am familiar with Modern Hebrew but have not taken a class in high school. Can I still take the Modern Hebrew test?

No matter how you acquired your knowledge of Modern Hebrew, it’s important to show colleges what you know. Bilingual (or multilingual) abilities is an achievement that deserves to be highlighted.

If you will be using these results to fulfill a college admission requirement, you should be aware that different colleges have different policies regarding Subject Tests in foreign languages. You should check with the colleges that you’re interested in about their policies and seek guidance from your counselor or teacher on your specific situation.

Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.