ETS® Major Field Test for Physics

The ETS® Major Field Test for Physics consists of 70 multiple-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on materials such as diagrams, graphs, experimental data and descriptions of physical situations. The emphasis of the test is on the students' firm grasp of fundamental principles and their ability to apply an understanding of them in the solution of problems. Most of the test questions can be answered on the basis of a mastery of the first three years of undergraduate physics.

Test Description
Sample Test Questions
Comparative Data and Institution List

For information about the data and how to use it, see the Comparative Data section.

Sample Reports

Departmental Roster — includes total scores and subscores (if applicable) of all students tested, listed alphabetically by last name.

Departmental Summary: Total Scores and Subscores — includes the frequency distributions of total scores and subscores, showing the percent of students scoring below each percentile. The departmental mean scale score and standard deviation are also shown. A Departmental Summary does not include scores of students who answered fewer than 50 percent of the test questions in one or both sections of a test.

Departmental Summary: Assessment Indicators — provides a list of the mean (average) percent correct of test questions answered in particular subdomains/content areas for the group as a whole.

Departmental Demographic Summary Report — provides student demographic information taken directly from the answer sheets and summarized for the group as a whole.

Individual Student Report — includes total score and subscores for each student tested, along with interpretive information.

For more information about other reports, see the Reports section.

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