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ETS® Major Field Tests

Demonstrate program effectiveness and evaluate student performance

Select a topic to see how the ETS® Major Field Tests can help you improve curricula and student learning outcomes.


Major Field Test Score Reports

ETS offers many different score reports, including annually updated comparative data reports to ensure you get the data you need. All reports are available through Program Workshop, your administrator portal.


Learn more about your different score reporting options and see sample score reports for each test.

  • Departmental Roster Report — includes total scores and subscores (if applicable) of all students tested, listed alphabetically by last name.
  • Departmental Summary: Total Scores and Subscores1 — 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% of the test questions in one or both sections of a test.
  • Departmental Summary: Assessment Indicators1 — provides a list of the mean (average) percent of test questions answered correctly 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 Report1 — includes total score and subscores for each student tested, along with interpretive information.
  • Additional Summary for Locally Authored Questions1 — provides an additional summary for locally authored questions showing the number and percent responding to each option choice for each question. Responses are not reported for individual students.
  • Item Information Report2 — provides a question-by-question analysis of your students' performance on the test including a comparison to the larger reference group. It can be used for curriculum improvement, accreditation purposes, to evaluate teaching and learning, and to demonstrate that students have mastered their major fields of study. A minimum of 20 students is required to generate this report.
  • Design Your Own Analysis Service — provides a data file that includes all demographic data collected as well as the total scaled score, subscore and assessment indicator data for each student. In addition, it provides the responses to the optional 50 questions. This service can be used when programs want to compare performance on ETS tests to student characteristics or other direct or indirect measures.
  • Custom Comparative Data Report — for comparing your program to a self-selected reference group of 10 or more other programs of your choosing from among the thousands of programs assessing their students with the Major Field Tests. These can be used for internal and external benchmarking. Data is updated weekly.
  • Subgroup Report1 — for comparing smaller, pre-defined segments of your cohort. The Subgroup Report can identify segments of your population that may require specific interventions. Users must define subgroups prior to test administration.

Evaluate your program’s performance on the Major Field Tests relative to the larger group of test takers at other institutions. Updated annually at the end of the academic year, the comparative data for each test is based on the scores of all senior-level students who:

  • took the most recent form of a test
  • are from institutions where at least five students were tested

The data is comparative rather than normative, since the sample of institutions and students does not represent all possible types of institutions and departmental curricula. This means that your scores are interpretable with reference to other institutions that use the Major Field Tests and are not reflective of where you stand against all students at all institutions in the United States.

Comparative data reports are available for free through Program Workshop.

A carefully planned combination of cohorts and subgroups can result in highly robust reporting and add considerable value by providing you with much more meaningful data to enhance your program’s effectiveness. How institutions create cohorts depends on the type of test administration:

  • Online test administration: In Program Workshop, assign the correct administration codes to the students who should be included in each cohort.
  • Paper administration: Batch answer sheets together for all students considered to be part of a cohort.

In addition to cohorts, there are two subgroups. Each subgroup offers eight selectable options in which users may create their own subgroup questions.


Sample reports

Download sample reports for each of the Major Field Tests. 


1 Extremely small groups cannot yield meaningful data. These reports require a minimum of five students.

2 If you would like to see a confidential review copy of the test to better identify what concepts you want to investigate further, request a Confidential Review.