Format of the ETS® Major Field Tests

ETS® Major Field Tests are offered with many flexible options to support your academic programs.

  • There are no preset test administration dates, enabling you to schedule testing at the convenience of your faculty and students.
  • You can customize the Major Field Tests content by adding up to 50 locally authored test questions for tests administered on campus.
  • You can choose between paper-and-pencil and online testing.
  • You can also choose between proctored on-campus and proctored off-campus testing.

The test is formatted as follows:

Delivery method
  • Paper-and-pencil
  • Online
Administration method
  • Proctored on-campus administration for both paper-and-pencil and online versions
  • Proctored off-campus administration for online versions
Test length
  • Two hours — Associate and Bachelor's degree programs
  • Three hours — MBA program
Test question types
  • Multiple-choice questions that measure core areas of each major
  • Up to 50 locally authored questions may be included in on-campus administrations (Note: adding additional questions will add time to the overall test length)
Minimum number of test takers to produce aggregate reports.
  • Five

To have access to free technical support for the online version of the Major Field Tests, we recommend that you schedule testing during Technical Support's business hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET. You can contact Technical Support at 1-800-514-8491.

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 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET.