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Format of the ETS® Major Field Tests

The ETS® Major Field Tests are offered in both an online and paper-and-pencil version. All tests must be proctored. Students may take the test on campus or off campus. Secure remote proctoring services are offered through our partner, ProctorU®.

The Major Field Tests offer greater flexibility to meet your testing needs by allowing you to add 50 locally authored questions and select when, where and how you administer the assessment. (Note: Not available with remote proctored sessions).

Flexible payment options are also available. Institutions may pay for all testing inventory or may elect to pass along the cost of the test, the remote proctoring session or both to the student. Students may pay with credit card or PayPal® accounts. Payment method is determined during cohort setup.

Delivery method



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
Minimum number of test takers to produce aggregate reports Five
Usage Document program effectiveness and foster curriculum improvement
Payment options

Institution pay

Student pay

Technical Support

Free technical support is available for the online version of the Major Field Tests. Full-service support is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, and after-hours support is available outside of regular business hours. If you anticipate the need for technical support during testing, we recommend scheduling your administration during the full-service support hours. You can contact Technical Support at 1-800-514-8491.

Additional Information

For more information about the Major Field Tests, review the Procedures section of this website or contact an ETS Advisor.

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Major Field Test Administrator Portal (Program Workshop)

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