The University Exit Exam (the ETS® Proficiency Profile) should be taken during a student's senior year, and must be taken prior to graduation, following the completion of 90 hours. Students who will be off campus during their senior year should contact Exit Exam Administration at 417-836-4738 or ExitExam@MissouriState.edu to make special arrangements to take the exam. If the exam is completed off campus, the student is responsible for any testing fees assessed by the testing location used.
The ETS® Proficiency Profile, which is administered in the exam sessions, is a 36-item multiple-choice examination assessing basic academic skills such as critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics. Sample exam questions are available on ETS' website at: http://www.ets.org/proficiencyprofile/about/sample_questions/. The exam requires 1 hour and 15 minutes for completion.
The assessment results may be used for a number of purposes. The combined results will:
Help evaluate the effectiveness of the Missouri State University curriculum.
Represent the performance of Missouri State University students to the public.
Represent the university in funding decisions.
Provide an estimate of how students rank relative to their graduating classes. Individual exam scores will provide an assessment of abilities that may be helpful in applying for employment. Official score reports can be mailed to students who are interested in including it a portfolio or resume.
All students are encouraged to do their best so that the university assessment will be as accurate as possible.
The average score will represent all Missouri State University students in various reports and discussions on and off campus. The number of students taking the test and the number of those students ranking above the fiftieth percentile on the test will affect how Missouri State University is viewed as an educational institution. These performance measures are incorporated in legislative funding decisions for Missouri State University. This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate how good Missouri State is to the rest of the state and influence the reputation of the university.