ETS® Proficiency Profile Format

The ETS® Proficiency Profile is available in two forms, Standard and Abbreviated. Both forms are offered in proctored paper-and-pencil and online versions. A nonproctored online version is also available.

The ETS Proficiency Profile offers greater flexibility to meet your testing needs by allowing you to add an additional 50 locally-authored questions and select when, where and how you administer the assessment. Plus, get greater insight into your students' writing skills with a direct and authentic measure of their ability to construct a response by adding an essay to the ETS Proficiency Profile assessment.

The Standard and Abbreviated test forms both offer valuable information and the same level of score detail at the group level. The forms are compared below so you can choose the one that best meets your needs for test length and score usage:

  Standard Form Abbreviated Form
Delivery method Online or paper-and-pencil using onsite facilities and staff

Note: Online tests are PC- and Mac®-compatible.
Online or paper-and-pencil using onsite facilities and staff

Note: Online tests are PC- and Mac-compatible.
Administration method Proctored (On-campus) — Online, paper-and-pencil format

Proctored (Off-campus) — Online

Nonproctored — Online
Proctored (On-campus) — Online, paper-and-pencil format

Proctored (Off-campus) —
Online

Nonproctored — Online
Test length 2 hours 40 minutes
Task types 108 questions 36 questions
Score availability Online — reported immediately

Paper-and-pencil — scores are reported three weeks after ETS receives the tests
Online — reported immediately

Paper-and-pencil — scores are reported three weeks after ETS receives the tests
Minimum # of test takers to produce aggregate reports No minimum 30
Certificate of Achievement Yes (Online)
No (Paper-and-pencil)
No
Optional essay 30 minutes 30 minutes
Usage Document program effectiveness and foster curriculum improvement

Use scores for counseling and remediation
Document program effectiveness and foster curriculum improvement

For more information about the test, review the Procedures section of this website, or contact an ETS Advisor.

 

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