ETS® Major Field Test Research

To learn more about research related to the ETS® Major Field Tests, refer to the following reports:

Using the Major Field Test for a Bachelor's Degree in Business as a Learning Outcomes Assessment: Evidence from a Review of 20 Years of Institution-Based Research
Ling, G., Bochenek, J., & Burkander, K. (2015)
Journal of Education for Business, 90 (8), 435–442. DOI:10.1080/08832323.2015.1095703

  • The Major Field Test for Business correlated moderately with local outcomes variables, supporting the claim that it is a valid assessment tool to gauge information about business-related learning outcomes.

Repurposing a Business Learning Outcomes Assessment to College Students Outside of the United States: Validity and Reliability Evidence
Ling, G. (2013)
ETS Research Report 13-40, i–13. DOI:10.1002/j.2333-8504.2013.tb02347.x

  • The Major Field Test for the Bachelor's Degree in Business (MFT-B) has demonstrated measurement properties that support the notion that it is appropriate when repurposed for use with non-U.S.-based business programs.

Why the Major Field Test in Business Does Not Report Subscores: Reliability and Construct Validity Evidence
Ling, G. (2012)
ETS Research Report 12-11, i–26. DOI: 10.1002/j.2333-8504.2012.tb02293.x

  • This report provides evidence in support of the suggested practice of not reporting individuals' subscores on the MFT Business.

Standardized Testing for Outcomes Assessment: Reanalysis of the Major Field Test for the MBA (MFT-MBA), with Corrections and Clarifications
Ling, G. (2011)
The College Student Journal, 45 (3), 508–511

  • This report provides evidence that the Major Field Test for the MBA is a reliable and valid tool to gauge business-related learning outcomes as a result of MBA education.

Additional Information

If your program has done research using the Major Field Tests, or if you'd like assistance with a research project using the Major Field Test at your institution, please contact your ETS Advisor.