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Assessment Day Frequently Asked Questions

In fall semesters, all full-time, first-time Freshman as well as Seniors will be required to take the ETS - Proficiency Profile test on the second Tuesday in September.

In spring semesters, Seniors with specific majors will be taking a Major Field Test (MFT) on the first Thursday in April.

What is Assessment Day?

Why participate in Assessment Day?

Who takes the Assessment Day tests?

How will I know if I have to take the Assessment Day tests?

What do I need to bring with me on Assessment Day?

What are the testing times for Assessment Day?

How long do the tests last?

How can I find information about the tests?

What if I have a conflict with the time I was scheduled or need special accommodations?

What if I don't take the test?

Will the test hurt my GPA?

What is Assessment Day?

Assessment Day is part of the University of Southern Indiana’s Assessment Program. One day each fall and spring, classes are not scheduled so students may fulfill their obligation to participate in the testing. The University believes in the validity of the Assessment Program and has adopted the following resolution: “As a requirement for graduation, every student shall participate in periodic evaluative procedures, which may include examination in general education and the major field of study.”

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Why participate in Assessment Day?

The Assessment Day results are used for the accrediting process for USI. If USI is not accredited, the diploma you receive will be meaningless to future employers. Also, if USI does not maintain accreditation, the university will not continue to receive federal financial aid to give to students. Faculty members may also use the results to make curriculum changes.

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Who takes the Assessment Day tests?

Two tests are given on Assessment Day

ETS - Proficiency Profile - Fall Assessment Day

First-time, full-time freshmen and seniors who began their academic career at USI .  The Proficiency Profile covers materials in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences.

**Transfer students are currently not given the ETS Profile but are still eligible to take the Major Field Test.**

Major Field Test - Spring Assessment Day

 All students who have a major in the following list are required to take the Major Field Test. However, individual department chairs select which students are to sit for the Major Field Test.

The Major Field Test is given to seniors with the following majors:

  • Biology
  • Business: Undergraduate (enrolled in MNGT 452)
  • Business: Graduate (enrolled in MNGT 681)
  • Chemistry
  • Communications (Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Radio and Television majors)
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • English
  • Geology
  • Health Services (select students in HP 498)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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How will I know if I have to take the Assessment Day tests?

Planning, Research & Assessment will send out notifications to those that are required to take the test. The schedule is tentatively as follows:

If you have received a letter or e-mail, you are required to participate in Assessment Day.  Please refer to the student information page to verify your testing time and location.

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What do I need to bring with me on Assessment Day?

You do not need to bring anything. Cell phones, calculators, and other electronic devices are not allowed. Please refer to the student information page.

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What are the testing times for Assessment Day?

There are three times scheduled for Assessment Day: 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. If those times are not feasible, students may change their testing time to 6:00 p.m in both fall and spring. Please refer to the student information page for instructions on how to find the time you are to report on Assessment Day.

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How long do the tests last?

Please schedule two hours for the ETS Proficiency Profile and Student Surveys or for the Major Field Test.

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How can I find information about the test?

ETS - Proficiency Profile

EBI MAP-Works Survey

Major Field Test

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What if I have a conflict with the time I was scheduled or need special accommodations?

Contact Planning, Research & Assessment by email to make other arrangements. Only valid reasons for changing test times will be accepted (with written documentation), including legal, medical, or other serious circumstances.

If you normally take your tests in the Counseling Center, contact Planning, Research & Assessment and the office will make sure that your needs are met.

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What if I don’t take the test?

Failure to take the test will result in the loss of pre-registration privileges.

The hold will be removed if the student presents sufficient documentation for his/her absence during Assessment Day within 10 days after Assessment Day. If the student is not able to present documentation for an excused absence within the 10 day period, the hold will be removed on August 1st of the next year.

Excused absences include:

  • Personal legal (ex. court appointment)
  • Personal medical (must have a doctor's note)
  • Military duty
  • Family funeral

Absences must have proper documentation. A student has until 10 days after Assessment Day to bring documentation of absence to Planning, Research & Assessment.

Note: Final determination of validity will be made by the Office of Planning, Research & Assessment.

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Will the test affect my GPA?

No, the test score is not used in calculating GPA.

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If you have additional questions, contact Planning, Research & Assessment by email.