ETS® Proficiency Profile Certificates of Achievement
Recently published ETS research confirms that students' motivation in taking learning outcomes assessments has a significant impact on their test performance. In order to help you motivate students to perform their best and increase participation, ETS has introduced performance-level certificates for students taking the online standard form of the ETS® Proficiency Profile. These new certificates can provide students with motivation to do well, which ultimately helps institutions to better position themselves for accreditation and performance funding. Plus, since these certificates are electronic, students can share them with an unlimited number of recipients in academia and beyond.
Each performance level is clearly defined on the certificate and includes a description of the Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Critical Thinking skills typically demonstrated by individuals scoring at each level.
Certificates are available for qualifying scores on the online standard form of the ETS Proficiency Profile assessment as shown below:
- Level 1 Proficiency (Total score range 430-449)
- Level 2 Proficiency (Total score range 450-470)
- Level 3 Proficiency (Total score range 471-500)
Note: Certificates are not available to students taking the Abbreviated Form or the paper-and-pencil Standard Form of the ETS Proficiency Profile.
Earning a Certificate
The score ranges used for each of the certificate levels were calculated by analyzing ETS Proficiency Profile results earned by test takers between 2006 and 2012. The score range assigned to each certificate level is the range of scores earned by test takers classified as “proficient” in all three skills areas. Therefore, in order to receive a Level 3 Proficiency Certificate, a student must earn a total score between 471 and 500. That score range should also coincide with achieving Level 3 Proficiency in Writing, Math and Reading/Critical Thinking.
Students who qualify for a certificate will receive an email notification with instructions for retrieving the certificate from the ETS Proficiency Profile Student Portal.
Students will need to log in to the Student Portal using the User ID/User Name and Password established when taking the assessment. If the student has forgotten their Password, the web page includes a link that can be used to retrieve the password. Once logged into the student portal, students can:
- View their score report
- View their certificate (if applicable)
- Save/print a PDF version of the certificate