About ETS® Major Field Tests

How can you demonstrate the effectiveness of your program and evaluate students' mastery of their major field of study?

The ETS® Major Field Tests are comprehensive undergraduate and MBA outcomes assessments designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The Major Field Tests go beyond the measurement of factual knowledge by helping you evaluate students’ ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major field of study.

ETS offers comprehensive national comparative data for the Major Field Tests, enabling you to evaluate your students' performance and compare your program's effectiveness to programs at similar institutions nationwide.

Offered in more than a dozen undergraduate fields of study, including the Associate Degree in Business and the Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA), the Major Field Tests help you:

  • prepare students to succeed by using test results to improve curricula
  • demonstrate the strengths of your program to prospective students and faculty
  • compete for performance funding
  • help ensure your students have mastered their field of study
  • use your time to focus on other aspects of accreditation

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Sponsored by ETS and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, this webinar focuses on how institutions are addressing the role of student learning outcomes in institutional success as it shifts beyond accreditation to larger accountability discussions.

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Sponsored by ETS and developed by Inside Higher Ed, this compilation of articles and opinion essays discusses the role of accreditation as it relates to student learning outcomes and how it has evolved.

Who Takes the Major Field Tests?

Students in undergraduate and MBA programs may take the Major Field Tests. The Major Field Tests cover the following fields of study:

Undergraduates

Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Computer Science Physics
Criminal Justice Political Science
Economics Psychology
Literature in English Sociology

Business Majors

Why Do Students Take the Exam?

Institutions use the Major Field Tests to measure students' mastery of their chosen field of study, assess the effectiveness of major programs of study and improve curricula and student learning outcomes. Find specific information about each test in the Content section.

When and Where Do Students Take the Exam?

Students typically take the Major Field Tests during their final year of study, after they successfully complete most of their major’s required courses. The test is administered in a proctored environment using either the paper-and-pencil or the online version. Major Field Tests for Bachelor’s Degree in Business and for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) online versions can also be administered off-campus at Prometric® testing centers throughout the U.S.

Learn More

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