Sample Questions

Sample questions illustrate the range of the ETS® Major Field Tests in terms of the abilities measured, disciplines covered and difficulty of the questions posed.

Select the sample questions for the major fields of study listed below.

Undergraduate Programs

Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music (including Audio Samples)
Computer Science Physics
Criminal Justice Political Science
Economics Psychology
Literature in English Sociology


Business Majors

Associate Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Test Review

The Major Field Tests are developed to test a common core of knowledge and skill in each discipline. Judging the appropriateness of a test for a particular department or program is an important first step to take when considering the use of the Major Field Tests. Faculty members should undertake a content review to determine whether the content and coverage on the tests are consistent with the program’s expectations of students majoring in that field at their institution.

Departments can obtain a review copy of any of the Major Field Tests by completing the Confidential Review Copy Request Form and faxing it to 1-973-735-1903 or 1-973-735-1904. You will receive an email with a link to the test, which can be accessed for 30 days. Like the actual test your students will take, the review copy of the test is a timed experience. Please request as many review copies as necessary — one for each member of your review committee. If your test expires before you have completed the review, you can contact an ETS Advisor at 1-800-745-0269 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET.