About ETS® Major Field Tests

How can you demonstrate the effectiveness of your program and evaluate students' mastery of their major field of study?

The ETS® Major Field Tests are comprehensive undergraduate and MBA outcomes assessments designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The Major Field Tests go beyond the measurement of factual knowledge by helping you evaluate your students' ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major field of study.

ETS offers comprehensive national comparative data for the Major Field Tests, enabling you to evaluate your students' performance and compare your program's effectiveness to programs at similar institutions nationwide.

Offered in more than a dozen undergraduate fields of study, including the Associate Degree in Business and the Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA), the Major Field Tests help you:

  • prepare students to succeed by using test results to improve curricula
  • demonstrate the strengths of your program to prospective students and faculty
  • compete for performance funding
  • help ensure your students have mastered their field of study
  • use your time to focus on other aspects of accreditation

ETS is pleased to announce our latest assessment of student learning outcomes – the HEIghten® outcomes assessment suite. This suite of computer-delivered, modular assessments enables you to tailor your student learning outcomes assessments by choosing the skills that match your institution’s goals — and provides the actionable data you need. 

Supplement your program’s assessment plan with additional evidence of your students’ skills in Critical thinking, Quantitative Literacy and Written Communication.

Contact an ETS Advisor today and learn how using the HEIghten outcomes assessment suite can augment your ETS Major Field Test data to help you tell a more complete story of student learning.

Who Takes the Major Field Tests?

Students in undergraduate and MBA programs may take the Major Field Tests. The Major Field Tests cover the following fields of study:


Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Computer Science Physics
Criminal Justice Political Science
Economics Psychology
Literature in English Sociology

Business Majors

Why Do Students Take the Exam?

Institutions use the Major Field Tests to measure students' mastery of their chosen field of study, assess the effectiveness of major programs of study and improve curricula and student learning outcomes. Find specific information about each test in the Content section.

When and Where Do Students Take the Exam?

Students typically take the Major Field Tests during their final year of study, after they successfully complete most of their major's required courses. The test is administered in a proctored environment using either the paper-and-pencil or the online version. Proctored off-campus administration is also available for online versions of the tests.

Interested in Learning More?

For more information about how the Major Field Tests can help your program, contact us.

Promotional Links

ETS Assessment Insights Workshops

ETS Assessment Insights WorkshopsGet practical strategies to turn data into action at your institution

Major Field Test Administrator Portal (Program Workshop)

Order tests, manage test administrations, run reports (for existing customers only)