Major Field Test (MFT)

About the exam: 

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 MFT measure your program's effectiveness — and students’ performance — against programs at similar institutions nationwide, using comprehensive national comparative data.

  • The MFT is offered year-round for all graduating (non-engineering) students. Check with your department to confirm whether you are required to take the MFT for graduation.
  • The MFT is offered in computerized testing in the following subjects: biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, math, physics, and psychology.


The MFT is administered at no cost to the student. 

Registration and Scheduling:

Candidates for graduation should schedule their MFT during their final semester. Ensure you are communicating with your department about your options for the type of exam.  The MFT can be taken as a seated computer-based exam, which will be taken at Missouri S&T's Testing Center located in G11 Norwood Hall.  If you department approves of a remote option the exam will be proctored with live-video conducted with ProctorU.  

 Complete the exam registration form below to see available dates and times:

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On Test day:

  • Bring a valid ID (Student ID or driver's license is acceptable)
  • Pencil
  • Locked storage is available on-site for personal items now allowed in the testing center

Are calculators permitted on the MFT? No calculators of any kind are permitted during the test. You will be given a scratch paper from the Testing Center on which you will work out any problems.

When will my scores be available? If your institution elects to share your individual score with you, it will display on-screen upon completion of the test where you can view or print for yourself. If scores are not yet available for that test, you will need to ask your institution if they can provide you with a preliminary score. Your institution will receive your scores as soon as you have completed testing.

Where can I find test preparation materials? The MFTs are intended to measure what you have learned over a course of study — not what you have learned in the days leading up to the test. A quick review of the test content descriptions and sample questions will help you get familiar with the areas covered by the test and the types of questions you can expect.

How long is the test? The MFT has a time allotment of about 2 hours for bachelor’s degree programs.

What kinds of test questions are there? The test consists of 120 multiple-choice questions that measure core areas of each major. Some questions are grouped in sets and based on diagrams, charts, and data tables.

What happens after I register? Students who have registered for an appointment with the Testing Center will receive a confirmation email. This email will also contain instructions on where to check-in and what to bring with them.

To make accommodation for extended time or a reader visit their website: Major Field Tests: Accommodations for Students with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

Requests for alternate formats must be made in advance to allow ETS time to process the request and create the necessary materials. Suggested time frames are as follows:

  • Large print tests — eight weeks in advance
  • Reader scripts — 12 weeks in advance
  • Braille or audio formats — 12–14 weeks in advance

The Major Field Tests online system does offer a zoom capability to magnify the screen display and to reverse foreground and background colors (changing black-on-white to white-on-black and vice versa) when desired.






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