ETS® Major Field Test for Literature in English

The ETS® Major Field Test for Literature in English consists of 150 multiple-choice questions on poetry, prose and drama. Some questions are based on short works printed in their entirety, while other questions focus on excerpts from longer works. Poetry selections include lyric verse, epic narrative and dramatic monologue. Prose selections draw on biography, the essay, the short story, the novel and literary criticism.

The test covers British and American works of all periods. It also contains a few questions on works, including the Bible, translated from foreign languages. Throughout the test, the emphasis is on major authors, works, genres and movements.

Test Description
Sample Test Questions
Comparative Data and Institution List

For information about the data and how to use it, see the Comparative Data section.

Sample Reports

Departmental Roster — includes total scores and subscores (if applicable) of all students tested, listed alphabetically by last name.

Departmental Summary: Total Scores and Subscores — includes the frequency distributions of total scores and subscores, showing the percent of students scoring below each percentile. The departmental mean scale score and standard deviation are also shown. A Departmental Summary does not include scores of students who answered fewer than 50 percent of the test questions in one or both sections of a test.

Departmental Summary: Assessment Indicators — provides a list of the mean (average) percent correct of test questions answered in particular subdomains/content areas for the group as a whole.

Departmental Demographic Summary Report — provides student demographic information taken directly from the answer sheets and summarized for the group as a whole.

Individual Student Report — includes total score and subscores for each student tested, along with interpretive information.

For more information about other reports, see the Reports section.

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