Senior Exit Exams

THEC and MTSU require seniors to take specific proficiency exams during their final semester. The required exams are General Education and Major Field Tests.

Academic Performance Awards

General Education

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.

For additional information, you may send an email to

The Fall 2021 General Education Exam (Exit Exam) is administered on the computers in KUC 107 between August 16 and September 30, 2021.  Please take it as early as possible.  To schedule the time, click on this link or go to, scroll down and click on “General Exit and Major Field Testing”.   Then choose "General Education Exit Exam" under "Select a Service".   Please bring your MTSU ID card.  For questions, please send email to

General Education Reports

The general education reports (It requires login).

If you have a question or feedback, please contact Chris Brewer at (615) 898-5197.

Major Field Test

Some major field tests are not administered in summer semesters.

Major field tests for the following majors are administered on the computers in KUC 107 between August 23 and September 30, 2021.  : Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal Science/Horse Science, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Business Education, Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Chemistry,  Computer Science, Economics (BBA and BS), English, Finance, History, Information Systems & Analytics (Computer Information Systems), International Relations, Management, Marketing, Office Management, Physics, Plant & Soil Science, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, & Sociology.  Please take it as early as possible.  Students should schedule the above major field tests by clicking this link or visiting the website, scroll down and click on “General Exit and Major Field Testing”, choose "Major Field Test" under "Select a service", then choose your major.  Please take it as early as possible.  Please bring your MTSU ID card.  For questions, please send email to iepr@mtsu.eduNote: Actuarial Science and Mathematics major field tests are administered on the computers in KUC 107 between November 15 and December 3, 2021. 

Major field tests for the following majors are administered by the department (please contact the department for date, time, and location):      Aerospace, Animation, Anthropology, Athletic Training, Audio Production, Communication, Concrete Industry Management, Construction Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Engineering Technology, Exercise Science, Family and Consumer Studies, Global Studies & Human Geography, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Interactive Media, Interior Design, Journalism (Advertising, Public Relations etc), Leisure, Sports, & Tourism Studies, Mechatronics Engineering, Media Management, Nutrition & Food Science, Philosophy, Photography, Recording Industry, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Textiles, Merchandising, & Design, and Video & Film production.

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) Quality Assurance 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, Quality Assurance Funding 2015-20 cycle standard).

  • Program is a certificate program.
  • Program is is a performance-oriented program in the fine or performing arts.
  • Program is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or self-designed to include several related fields.
  • Baccalaureate programs that have not generated an average of 10 students per year, or a minimum of 50 graduates during the time period 2009-10 to 2013-14.  Associate programs that have not generated an average of 10 students per year  or a minimum of 30 graduates during the time period 2011-12 to 2013-14.
  • Program is in phase-out or inactive status at the beginning or during the cycle.  If a program becomes inactive during the cycle, the scheduled program shall be exempt from the major field test requirements.
  • New programs approved during the 2015-20 Quality Assurance funding cycle that have not reach maturity will be exempt from the testing requirement.  Program maturity for associate degree programs is a three-year period after implementation; program maturity for  baccalaureate  programs is a five year period after implementation.  New associate degree programs approved by the Commission after the 2015-20 cycle begins, unless they are excluded due to one of the other exemptions and reach program maturity  during the cycle must be scheduled for testing.  Since baccalaureate  programs require five years to reach maturity, new baccalaureate programs that were approved after July 2015 would not mature until 2020 and thus would be exempt from the major field testing requirement.
  • Institutions may submit other programs for exemptions through their respective governing board for consideration by THEC.

Administration of the major field test is coordinated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research (IEPR). For additional information, you may send an email to

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)
      • Accounting
      • Actuarial Science
      • Biochemistry
      • Biology
      • Business Administration
      • Business Education (non-licensure)
      • Chemistry
      • Computer Science
      • Economics
      • English
      • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Finance
      • Information Systems
      • Management
      • Marketing
      • Mathemtaics
      • Music
      • Physics
      • Sociology
  • Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT)
    • Agribusiness
    • Animal Science/Horse Science
    • History
    • International Relations
    • Plant and Soil Science
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
  • Locally Developed Exams
    • Aerospace
    • Animation
    • Anthropology
    • Athletic Training
    • Audio Production
    • Communication
    • Concrete Industry Management
    • Construction Management
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • Engineering Technology
    • Exercise Science
    • Family and Consumer Studies
    • Global Studies & Human Geography
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Interactive Media
    • Interior Design
    • Journalism
    • Leisure, Sports, & Tourism Studies
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Media Management
    • Nutrition and Food Science
    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Recording Industry
    • Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
    • Textiles, Merchandising, and Design
    • Video & Film production
  • Licensure Examinations (Counts as Major Field Test)
    • Art Education
    • Business Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Foreign Language
    • Health Education
    • Middle Level Education
    • Nursing
    • Physical Education
    • Special Education
  • No Major Field Test
    • Art
    • Commerce
    • Dance
    • Data Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Fermentation Science
    • Forensic Science
    • Geoscience
    • Global Studies
    • Integrated Studies
    • Professional Studies
    • Religious Studies
    • Risk Management and Insurance
    • Science
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Theatre
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management