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. Jeremy Conkle 361.825.2862 CS 250
Criminal Justice E-mail Mr. Moore Dr. Wendi Pollock 361.825.3061 BH 347
Political Science E-mail Dr. Doyungan Dr. Sanne Rijkhoff 361.825.2537 BH 345
Sociology E-mail Dr. Doyungan Dr. Michael Ramirez 361.825.2388 BH 344


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

 Scheduled dates/times for the administration of the MFT:     

 Registration opens December 10, 2020 and closes April 26, 2021

Major Field Test Department Contacts
Examination Date/Time Final Day of Testing
Remote Proctored Test Session via WebEx May 7, 2021

On-Campus Session (SSC210) - by Appointment

May 7, 2021


How do I register for the MFT?
You can register for the exam online by clicking here

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).  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.