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Music Major Field Test

This page is for music majors to register for the Music Major Field Test.

This test is a graduation requirement for all music concentrations except music education. Music Education students take Praxis (licensure exam) and are therefore exempt from the Major Field Test.

To register for the exam, complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit the form.


  • The Major Field Test is a standardized test used by colleges and universities to assess their curricular and program outcomes.
  • The exam only covers music history and theory/ear-training
  • There are about 129 multiple choice questions. Of these questions, about 43 are listening questions.
  • It may take up to 2 hours to complete the exam
  • This is an online exam
  • You may bring your own earbuds for the listening portion. Headphones will also be provided.
  • You do not need to bring anything else
  • The Major Field Test compares anonymous scores from APSU to scores across the country so that we can assess our program and our curricula, and find areas of needed improvement within the department. In research/assessment terms, it is a measure of external validity.
  • The test is a graduation requirement. You will not receive your diploma until/unless you take the exam.
  • You are encouraged to do your best but, as of now, there is not a minimum required score.
  • You are welcome to study/prepare for the exam. Study materials are available at www.ets.org/mft/about/content/music

Registration Form

Please select three options for a day and time that you would like to take the Major Field Test.
  • Times must be between 8am and 4:30 pm
  • Week days only
  • Do not schedule your exam during lesson, class or ensemble
  • Allow approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for the exam
  • All tests must be completed before the last class day

We will review your test day options and contact you via email with the official day and time of your exam. We will do our best to schedule your exam on the day/time you list as your first option.