The THEC and MTSU require seniors to take specific proficiency exams during their
final semester. The required exams are General Education and Major Field Tests.
All university graduates must complete a group of basic courses known as the General Education Core. The courses provide students with a solid foundation for acquiring higher-level knowledge in their chosen field of study. Undergraduate students demonstrate their basic knowledge by taking a General Education exam the semester they graduate. MTSU's current General Education exam is the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST).
The exam,which is administered by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research (IEPR), is given to all seniors who will graduate with a bachelor's degree. Test dates are scheduled during summer, fall, and spring semesters. Testing sessions last approximately one hour.
You may call IEPR office for additional information at (615) 898-5070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Summer 2015 General Education Exam (Exit Exam) will be administered on the computers in KUC 107 between June 2 and July 24, 2015. Please take it as early as possible. To schedule the time, click on this link or go to www.mtsu.edu/flextest, and click on “Major Field Testing or General Education Testing”. Please bring your MTSU ID card. Please call (615) 494-8803 or email email@example.com for questions.
Major field tests are not administered in summer semesters.
Major field tests for the following majors: Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal/Horse
Science, Business Administration, Business Education, Computer Information Systems,
Computer Science, Economics (BBA and BS), English, Entrepreneurship, Finance, History,
Industrial/Organizational Psychology, International Relations, Management, Marketing,
Office Management, Physics, Plant & Soil Science, Political Science, Psychology, Social
Work, & Sociology are administered on the computers in KUC Room 107. Spring 2015 graduates can take the test between January 14 and April 17, 2015. Students should schedule the above major field tests by clicking this link or visiting the website www.mtsu.edu/flextest, and click on “Major Field Testing or General Education Testing”. Please take it as early as possible. Please bring your MTSU ID card. Please call (615) 494-8803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Major Field Test Results:
The purpose of the major field test (MFT) is to evaluate students' knowledge in their major field and to assess the curriculum within each major. All graduating seniors complete various assessment activities specific to their major field of study. Some programs establish the MFT as part of the graduation requirements and require their students graduating in either the fall or spring semester to take the exam.Graduating seniors in some majors are not required to take a major field test, per regulations within the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Performance Funding Program. Alternate assessment methods are utilized in those majors.
An academic program maybe exempted from administering a major field test to graduating seniors if one of the following conditions applies: (From Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2010-15, July 2010 Performance Funding Guidelines page 10 no. 11)
Administration of the major field test is coordinated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research (IEPR). You may call the IEPR office for additional information at 615-898-5070 or email email@example.com.
Departments wishing to change to a different national exam or modify the locally developed
tests should contact the office of IEPR for requirements.
Test instruments used in the major field assessment vary by program. Provided below are the assessment instruments currently in use.
|Educational Testing Service (ETS)||Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT)|
American Chemical Society (ACS)
|Locally Developed Exams|
|Licensure Examinations (Counts as Major Field Test)||No Major Field Test|