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FAQs Concerning the Major Field Test

Q: What is the Major Field Test (MFT)?
A:
The MFT is an undergraduate assessment designed to measure basic student learning outcomes in a major field of study. Test results enable academic departments to refine and improve curriculum development, gauge the progress of students compared to others in the program and those in similar programs at schools throughout the country.

Q: Am I required to take the MFT to graduate?
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Yes if you are a psychology, sociology, or criminal justice major. Family life education majors do not take a MFT because none exists. Instead they have to complete a portfolio and pass a portfolio exit dialog.

Q: Why am I required to take it?
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The governing body that accredits Concordia University is The Higher Education Learning Commission. One of its requirements for Concordia to be an accredited institution is that every major be assessed for learning outcomes. The SBS Department has chosen the MFT to fulfill this requirement.

Q: How will taking the MFT help the student?
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Many of students plan to enter graduate school. Taking this test will help prepare them for taking the GRE. Further it helps each student compare her/himself to others in their respective field of study.

Q: How MFTs Help Institutions of Higher Education
A:
Major Field Tests provide valuable information that can improve programs by:

  • Meeting External Requirements: MFTs provide reliable documentation of performance for accreditation, strategic planning and performance-based funding.
  • Benchmarking and Trend Analysis: Educational measurement facilitates the comparison of scores to document student achievement and program effectiveness, and demonstrate program improvement over time.
  • Developing and Improving Curricula: A variety of score reports allow for detailed curriculum development, review and evaluation.
  • Assessing Student Achievement: Faculty and administrators can assess the level of student achievement within a field

Q: Do I have to register for the MFT?
A:
Yes.

Q: How do I register for the MFT?
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 Log onto the Major Filed Test Sign Up form on google docs at https://docs.google.com/a/csp.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?pli=1&formkey=dGhUWXdXMGtPNnRod1g1NXNUdmNZRlE6MQ. On the form you will indicate your (a) name; (b) L Number; (c) which date you are going to sit for the exam (e.g., November or March); (d) which major you are going to take the exam for (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice); and (e) how many times you have taken the exam.

Q: Why can?t students take the exam whenever they want instead of waiting to take it on one of the two exam dates?
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Because the MFT is a standardized test and must be given under strict controlled conditions. Proctoring the test is labor intensive and the conditions for each testing need to be exactly the same.

Q: Is there a minimum score a student needs to pass the MFT?
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Yes.

  • Psychology ? 141
  • Sociology ? 135
  • Criminal Justice ? 138

Q: How many students do not pass the MFT with the above scores?
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Nationwide, 10% of students taking the exam do not achieve the above scores. We believe that this is due to lack of study and preparation. We believe our students are better than that.

Q: Can I graduate with a Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice major without scoring the minimum score?
A:
No.

Q: What happens if a student scores below the minimum score on the MFT?
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The student will not have satisfied the requirements to graduate with a Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice major and the student has a number of options:

  • Retake the MFT at its next regularly scheduled time at the student?s own expense of $25.00 and score at or above the minimum. The department pays only one time for each student to take the exam the student must pay for all other attempts.
  • Graduate with two minors instead of a major. Minors are not required to take the MFT.
  • Work with your advisor to create an individually designed major.

Q: When in my college career should I take the exam?
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You should take the exam in your senior year after you have had the majority of classes in your major, usually during the spring semester.

Q: What is on the test?
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Click on the following links:

Q: Are there sample questions that I can look at?
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Yes. Click on the following links to read sample questions:

Q: Should I study for the test?
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Yes.

Q: How many hours should I study for the test?
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The answer will be different for each student. On average students should spend 10 or more hours reviewing and studying for this exam.

Q: Will the department organize study groups?
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The department is encouraging each respective club (Psychology club, Sociology club, and Criminal Justice Club) to be proactive and take on the MFT study group as one of its regularly scheduled activities.

Q: What if I am late coming to the test?
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You will not gain entrance and you will have to wait approximately 6 months until the next regularly scheduled testing.

Q: What do I need to bring to the test?
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You will need to bring a fully charged laptop computer. The test is an internet based computer and will be taken online.

Q: If I am double majoring (e.g., Psychology and Criminal Justice majors) do I need to take both exams?
A:
Yes. You will need to sign up and take one during the fall testing and one during the spring testing of your senior year.