Total scores for the ETS® Major Field Tests are reported on a scale of 120–200, except for the MBA test, which has a scale of 220–300, and the Associate Business Degree test, which has a score scale of 520–600. Students should attempt to answer every question, since there are no penalties for guessing. Students receive a score report regardless of how many questions they have answered. For group reports, however, scores are counted only for students that answer 50 percent or more of the questions on the exam. You can receive scores from groups as small as five students, but you should be careful in interpreting results of such a small sample size.
In addition to the total score, there are two types of scores reported: assessment indicators and subscores.
- Assessment Indicators are reported only for groups of students. Assessment Indicators report the average percent of correct answers, in a particular subject area, for all students tested so you can determine if your students are having difficulty with specific clusters of questions. Content areas for which assessment indicator scores are reported typically have approximately 15 questions on the exam.
- Subscores are reported for individual students on most Major Field Tests, on a scale of 20–100. For every major there are sub-content areas. The number of questions on the exam and the breadth of the sub-content area determine if a reliable subscore can be reported for an individual. Because subscores require 30 questions for a specific sub-content area to be completed, not all Major Field Tests provide subscores.
For information on the scores provided for each Major Field Test, review the Test Descriptions for each major.
Locally Authored Questions
Institutions can add up to 50 locally authored questions. These questions are reported as frequencies of students answering each of the options for each question. Since optional questions are written by your institution for your institution and are not comparable to other schools, they are not included in your students’ overall scores.
Background Information Questions
Background information is collected for each student for the purpose of gathering data in group form about students' backgrounds, academic preparation and demographics. Answers to these questions do not affect a student's test scores but responses are summarized and reported as part of the scoring services.
For more information about how the Major Field Tests can help your program, contact an ETS Advisor.
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