ETS Scores


Each Spring semester, graduating seniors take the ETS Major Field Test for Computer Science. This is a nationally normed external test designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in Computer Science. Below are the results for seniors who have taken this exam from 2008 to present. The PCTL column represents the percentile ranking for seniors compared to all student scores as reported by ETS.

TEST 4LMF (2016-2018)

2016 2017 2018
Mean* Score PCTL Score PCTL Score PCTL
Total score 145.8 163 97% 163 97% 158 90%
Programming & SE 53% 65% 92% 65% 92% 63% 88%
Discrete Structures and Algorithms 43% 61% 97% 59% 97% 53% 87%
Systems (Architecture, OS, DB, Networking) 43% 60% 98% 60% 98% 51% 85%
# Students 8382 12 n/a 4 n/a 10 n/a

*Mean is based on 184 institutions

TEST 4HMF (2012-2015)

2012 2013 2014 2015
Mean* Score PCTL Score PCTL Score PCTL Score PCTL
Total score 147.2 164 95% 169 99% 164 95% 169 99%
Programming & SE 47.1% 61% 89% 65% 95% 64% 93% 63% 92%
Discrete Structures and Algorithms 38.2% 54% 94% 60% 98% 58% 98% 55% 95%
Systems (Architecture, OS, DB, Networking) 37.5% 57% 98% 60% 99% 49% 90% 72% 99%
# Students 7530 7 5 10 6

*Mean is based upon 214 institutions

Test 4CMF (2008-2011)

2008 2009 2010 2011
Mean* Score PCTL Score PCTL Score PCTL Score PCTL
Total score 148 160 85% 167 95% 164 95% 163 90%
Programming Fundamentals 55% 74% 95% 71% 90% 75% 95% 76% 95%
Discrete Structures and Algorithms 35% 47% 90% 55% 95% 46% 85% 48% 90%
Systems (Architecture, OS, DB, Networking) 32% 45% 55% 62% 95% 60% 95% 48% 70%
# Students 9095 7 3 4 3

*Mean is based upon 232 institutions