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Hebrew Levels

The Hebrew level of new students is determined by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction, based on students' Hebrew Placement Tests. Hebrew instruction is available on six main levels, from complete beginners (Aleph) to upper advanced (Vav). Students must pass the (Proficiency) Level Exam,to advance from one level to another, and the (Exemption) P'tor Exam at the end of level Vav, to obtain exemption from further Hebrew studies at the Hebrew University.


It is highly recommended for complete beginners to begin studying the Hebrew alphabet on their own, prior to beginning the Ulpan, using the free computer courseware developed by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction: Aleph Bet Click.

Level Aleph – Beginners

Enables students to recognize the fundamental structures of Hebrew and its basic forms, and to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading and writing on a limited scale.

Level Bet – Lower Intermediate

Consolidates and broadens the grammatical structures and vocabulary studied in level Aleph. By the end of level Bet, the student is familiar with the basic structure of the Hebrew language.

Level Gimel – Upper Intermediate

Transition from easy to regular Hebrew. Special significance is attached to level Gimel, for without its completion one cannot be admitted to regular studies at the Hebrew University.

Level Dalet – Lower Advanced

This course offers practice in understanding lectures on the university level and reading selections.

Level Heh – Advanced

The course is designed to deepen the student's knowledge of Hebrew in various fields.

Level Vav – Upper Advanced

This course is designed to enable the student to use Hebrew freely, incorporating all of the language skills – comprehension, conversation, reading and writing – with exposure to a wide range of vocabulary, language structures, and academic and scientific texts. Attention is paid to lexical collocations and semantic fields.
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