Test Administration

Administering Tests Around the World

We administer most of our tests in one of four ways:

  • Paper-delivered Tests: Most of our paper-delivered tests, which test takers fill out with paper and pencil, are administered under standardized conditions at colleges or schools. Answer sheets are returned to ETS for scoring and analysis.
  • Single-purpose Tests: Some single-purpose paper- and computer-delivered tests, such as placement exams, may be administered on a semi-secure basis under the applicable institution's control.
  • Computer-delivered Tests: Many ETS computer-delivered tests are administered at ETS-authorized, technologically equipped test centers.
  • Internet-delivered Tests: These tests can be given in a wide range of Internet-enabled testing venues, without the need for dedicated testing workstations.

Accommodating Test Takers with Disabilities or Special Needs

ETS is committed to making sure that all students have a fair opportunity to demonstrate what they know and have learned, including test takers with documented disabilities or special needs. In both computer-delivered and paper-delivered testing situations, ETS can arrange for special accommodations, such as:

  • additional time for taking the test
  • Braille and cassette versions of tests for sight-impaired test takers 
  • sign language interpretation for hearing-impaired test takers
  • ZoomText® and customized presentation colors in computer-delivered tests

Find out more about testing accommodations for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs.

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How ETS Develops Test Questions

How ETS Develops Test Questions

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