Major Field Achievement Test
What is it?
Every Spring (usually before break), our department asks all
current senior computer science students to take the Major Field
Achievement Test in computer science, which is administered by the
Educational Testing Service
The test takes 2 hours, is multiple-choice, on-line, and covers
a variety of topics in computer science. We do not want you to
study for the test.
Our department uses the results of the test (aggregate data
only) to assess our computer science curriculum. It is a way to
compare our program with other computer science programs around the
country. The goal is to make our major program better.
Who Sees My Scores?
Aside from the professor (currently Jon Sorenson) who proctors
the test, no one besides the student will know the score. Only
averages and similar aggregate data are shared with the rest of the
department for assessment purposes.