Major Field Tests

About the Major Field Tests
The Major Field Tests (MFTs) are innovative undergraduate assessments designed to measure the basic knowledge and understanding achieved by students in a major field of study.  Test results enable academic departments to better assess and refine curricula, and gauge the progress of students compared to others in the program and those in similar programs at schools throughout the country.

All MFTs are proctored, multiple choice exams designed to assess mastery of concepts and principles as well as knowledge expected of you at the conclusion of a major in specific subject areas. Many of the tests contain questions requiring interpretation of graphs, diagrams and charts based on material related to the field of study, and score reports may be used in making medium to high-stakes decisions.

The tests are two-hour, multiple-choice examinations. A&M-Corpus Christi administers the computerized-MFT exam. Test descriptions and sample questions are available at ETS Major Field Test Overview (click on Tour link for more information about the tests).
Accommodations for the Major Field Test
The MFT online system does not offer the usual accommodations (e.g., different color text, different color backgrounds, or enlarged type) considered most helpful to sight-impaired students. The exams are graphic-intensive. This means that enlarged type, in particular, would require excessive scrolling which could disadvantage students that are sight-impaired. As an alternative, large-print and Braille versions of all MFT titles can be made available upon request, but these are not kept in stock and can take as long as 6-8 weeks to create and be mailed to the University.  For this type of accommodation, you should notify the Office of Academic Testing prior to the 12th class day of the semester they are graduating.  If you are registered with Disability Services and would like to request additional test time, the request must be made with the Office of Academic Testing prior to the test day.
Who should take the MFT?
For questions with regard to who should take the MFT or which subject you should register for, please consult your advisor or department contacts.


Department Contacts for the Major Field Tests
Subject Contact Phone Office Location
Biology E-mail Dr. Doyungan Dr. Gregory Buck 361.825.3717 CS 251
Chemistry E-mail Tim Causgrove Dr. Tim Causgrove 361.825.2399 CS 208
Criminal Justice E-mail Mr. Moore Dr. Wendi Pollock 361.825.3061 BH 347
Mathematics E-mail Dr. Sterba-Boatwright Dr. Bheemaiah Rao 361.825.3613 CI 213A
Political Science E-mail Dr. Jozwiak Dr. Jeff Dillard 361.825.5511 BH 303
Psychology E-mail Dr. Jozwiak Dr. Lisa Comparini 361.825.2184 BH 317
Sociology E-mail Dr. Benibo Dr. Bilaye Benibo 361.825.5980 BH 346


When is the MFT administered?
The Office of Academic Testing administers the Major Field Test on three scheduled dates in both the spring and fall semesters.

 Scheduled dates/times for the administration of the MFT:     

 Registration opens March 16, 2020

Examination Date/Time Deadline to register
Remote Proctored Test Session* March 31, 2020

Friday, March 27/Test begins at 2:15 p.m.

Friday, April 3/Test begins at 2:15 p.m.


Friday, April 10/Test begins at 2:15 p.m.


How do I register for the MFT?
You can register for the exam online by clicking here. Each exam has limited seating.If your first choice is no longer listed, then that exam date is no longer available and you will have to select a different date.

On the day of the test
On the day of the test, you should report to your assigned room with a form of identification containing a photograph (driver's license, ID card, military ID, or passport).The labs on the 2nd floor of Corpus Christi Hall are used for test administration.  Your assigned room can be found on your confirmation form.  You should report to the exam site at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled test time. Latecomers will not be permitted to enter the testing room.

The following items are prohibited in the testing room:

  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Hand-held calculators or calculator watches
  • Any listening, copying, photographic, transmission, or receiving devices
  • Non-medical electronic devices (laptop computers, digital assistants)
  • Wristwatch or digital cameras
  • Dictionaries, books, pamphlets, reference materials, or papers of any kind
  • Slide rules, protractors, compasses, or rulers
  • Hats (unless worn for religious requirements)
  • Highlighter pens or colored pens and pencils
  • Food or drinks.

Watch alarms or time reminders will need to be turned off.

* Before you request a remote proctored test session, you should review the physical and technical requirements required for this exam using the link below.  Information will be emailed to you on how to register using this option with ProctorU.

  Remote Testing Pre-exam Checklist for Students