ETS® Major Field Tests Procedures

Test administration procedures, security concerns and other information can be found in the following manuals:

Online Administration:

Free technical support is available during ETS's business hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. Contact Technical Support at 1-800-514-8491.

Paper-and-Pencil Testing:

  • Test Administration Manual – provides step-by-step instructions for paper-and-pencil test administrations
  • Processing Request Form – include this form with completed tests when returning them for scoring. Please use a separate form for each subject area

    Note: For easy identification, please remember to provide a cohort/administration name on the Processing Request Form. Example: PPT-Biology Seniors-Spring 2012

  • Test Administration Report Form – used to report procedural irregularities during testing
  • Supervisor's Questionnaire and Comment Form – used to provide comments on the test for future improvements

Testing Accommodations

Students with Disabilities

Make arrangements for administering the ETS® Major Field Tests to students with disabilities in the same way you would make arrangements for administering other important local tests.

Note: Students requiring testing accommodations must be assigned to an on-campus administration.

For students who have difficulty filling in the bubbles on answer sheets, we suggest that students who are able to do so circle their answers in the test book. After the testing session, the test administrator would need to transfer the answers to an answer sheet for processing by ETS. The student's test book should be attached to the answer sheet.

The Major Field Tests online system offers a zoom capability to magnify the screen display and to reverse foreground and background colors (changing black-on-white to white-on-black and vice versa) when desired. For those students not testing online, the Major Field Tests are also available in braille, in large print and on audio cassette. We recommend that requests for tests with large print be made six weeks in advance and that requests for braille or audio cassette format be made as far in advance as possible, preferably three months ahead.

Results of the paper-and-pencil, large-print or braille exam can be combined with results of the online tests for the rest of that institution's population.

Students Requiring Additional Time

A student should only be granted additional testing time for a Major Field Test if the same student receives similar accommodations for other exams and has previously demonstrated and documented the need for the accommodation.

Test administrators will need to contact Major Field Tests Online Technical Support at 1-800-514-8491 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET to configure the Major Field Tests online system to permit additional testing time for a student. The student's countdown clock will be adjusted accordingly. Please follow the instructions outlined in the Administrator Manual.

Learn More

For more information about the Major Field Tests or test administration, contact an ETS Advisor or call 1-800-745-0269. ETS Advisors are available Monday through Friday from 8–4:30 p.m. ET.