Missouri State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to come to campus to take the exam?

No. Since the exam is now unproctored, you can take it on your personal computer at home. You can take it at any time before the deadline, which is the last day of classes, before finals week. You do have the option of completing the exam on campus, however. Springfield campus students can make an appointment with the Test Proctoring Center in Strong 107.

 

What does the exam cover?

 The ETS® Proficiency Profile is the standardized test used for the GEN 499 University Exit Exam. The abbreviated version of the test used at Missouri State University consists of 36 multiple choice questions which measure proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics in the context of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students do not need to study for the exam, but sample questions and additional information about the exam content are available on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website found by clicking here.

 

Do I need to study for the Exit Exam?

No, you do not need to study for the Exit Exam. Since you have completed 90 or more credit hours at the college level, you are well prepared.

 

Does the exam cost anything?

The exam does not cost anything and is listed as zero credit hours.

 

Will the score I receive affect my GPA?

Your score will not impact your GPA.

However, it is to your advantage to apply your full attention to this assessment and to perform your best.  Your score can be used to provide additional support of your abilities on job applications and on graduate or PhD program applications.  Each year, Missouri State’s average score on this test is published online and used by prospective students and their parents as a gauge of the quality of education we provide.  MSU students, as a whole, perform better than the national average on this test, so please help us uphold that tradition by performing your absolute best. By doing your best, you will help demonstrate the high quality of Missouri State University students and the educational benchmark that you have reached.

 

When can I take the Exit Exam?

You are eligible to take the Exit Exam once you have completed 90 or more credit hours at the college level.

 

Do I have to take the exam?

The University Exit Exam, GEN 499, is one of the University’s requirements for all students receiving a baccalaureate degree (all undergraduate degrees). Student must complete the exam prior to graduation and after 90 or more credit hours have been successfully completed. For a more detailed description of this graduation requirement, please click here. 

      

When will my degree audit and transcript show that I have completed GEN 499?

Within two weeks of the exam date, a student's degree audit and transcript should show that the GEN 499 requirement has been completed. The degree audit and transcript can be viewed at the My Missouri State page under the Academics tab. If a student's records do not show that GEN 499 has been completed, or if the student has any questions about the completion of this requirement, the student can send an e-mail to ExitExam@MissouriState.edu or call 836-4738 for assistance.

 

How are the exam scores used?

The ETS® Proficiency Profile is the test used for the GEN 499 University Exit Exam. Since this test is both nationally normed and standardized, students can report their individual scores on job applications and on graduate or PhD program applications to provide evidence of their basic academic knowledge and skills. For this reason, it is to each student's advantage to perform his or her absolute best to achieve a high score on this exam.

In addition to individual use, University Exit Exam scores are used by the University as evidence of student learning and program effectiveness. Each year, University Exit Exam scores are grouped by department so faculty and administrators can evaluate how well their students are doing on average. This information can be used to guide curricular changes within departments as well as the general education program at MSU. Furthermore, the ETS® Proficiency Profile has been approved by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) as a measure of student learning outcomes. To fulfill a membership requirement of the VSA, MSU’s average score on this test is published online every year. Prospective students, their parents, members of the community, and other institutions have open access to this information and may use it as an indication of the quality of education provided at MSU. To view MSU's VSA College Portrait, visit the link above.

By doing well on this exam, senior students establish one final benchmark of their undergraduate education and help demonstrate the high quality of learning that takes place at Missouri State University

 

Will I get a grade for GEN 499?

The University Exit Exam is scored, but the completion of GEN 499 is not associated with a grade. The graduation requirement for GEN 499 is that students must complete the exam prior to graduation and after 90 or more credit hours have been successfully completed (see the graduation requirement description at the top of this page). Once the exam has been completed, it will show up on a student's transcript as having been passed (P). Though GEN 499 is not “graded,” it is to each student’s advantage to perform his or her absolute best to achieve a high score on this exam. To learn more about how these exam scores are used, see the previous section entitled "How Are the Exam Scores Used?"

 

How do I interpret my test scores?

The scale for the exam is 400-500.