Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
ETS Proficiency Profile
Is the ETS Proficiency Profile required?
Yes, any first-time degree-seeking student who has not taken the ETS Proficiency Profile will have a registration restriction (hold) beginning your junior year. The hold will remain until the student completes the ETS Proficiency Profile. Your results are not used by the University as a graduation requirement but all junior students must complete the Profile to register.
Why does The University of Texas at Tyler require the ETS Proficiency Profile of all junior students ?
The ETS Proficiency Profile is designed for colleges and universities to assess their general education outcomes to improve the quality of instruction and learning. It focuses on the academic skills developed through core curriculum courses rather than on the knowledge acquired about the subjects taught in these courses. Your participation will provide valuable information on general education skills that you possess and assist the university in continuing to improve curriculum for all students.
How do I know if there is a hold on my registration?
Why is it important for me to do well on the ETS Proficiency Profile?
Scoring well on the ETS Proficiency Profile is important because the group scores for UT Tyler are compared with national peers. The prestige of your degree will be impacted through national recognition based on UT Tyler performance.
Do I have to pay for the ETS Proficiency Profile?
No, UT Tyler will pay the examination fee.
Do I need to study for the ETS Proficiency Profile?
No. There is no material to study or preparation needed for this Profile.
How is the ETS Proficiency Profile formatted?
The web based ETS Proficiency Profile consists of 36 multiple choice questions that measure college-level reading, writing, critical thinking and mathematics skills that students develop through general education courses during their first years of college.
Is the ETS Proficiency Profile difficult?
Students are most surprised by the amount of reading involved. You do not need a calculator to complete the ETS Proficiency Profile math problems.
How long will the ETS Proficiency Profile take?
The total amount of time needed for the session is around 60 minutes. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the demographic questions, such as name, student I.D., number of hours completed, number of hours transferred to UT Tyler, etc. You will be given 40 minutes to complete the multiple choice items.
Can I leave if I finish early?
Most students take the full 40 minutes to complete the assessment. If you finish early, use the time to review your answers.
Will I get my scores?
Yes, completers receive individual scores immediately. UT Tyler maintains all ETS Proficiency Profile aggregate results and annual reports in the Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness to ensure confidentiality and security. You may contact the office at 903.565.5945 if you have questions about our policies.
Where do I take the ETS Proficiency Profile?
The ETS Proficiency Profile sessions on the Tyler campus are held in UC 3160 (Testing Center) and RBN 3040 (Computer Science Lab), Longview campus sessions are held in LUC 114 (Computer Lab), and Palestine campus sessions are in PAL 112 (Computer Lab).
How do I register for the ETS Proficiency Profile?
Students who wish to take the ETS Proficiency Profile on the Tyler campus should send an email to ProfileRegistration@uttyler.edu with your name, student ID#, location and the date of your choice. Students who want to take the test at the Longview University Center may contact Sarah Anderson at 903.663.8117 or Support Services Analyst at 903.663.8114. Students who want to take the test at the Palestine campus may contact the Computer User Services Assistant at 903.727.2317. Register at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability in your preferred session.
ETS Proficiency Profile Test Taking Strategies
- Listen closely to the proctor’s instructions.
- Verify that the session number entered on the ETS Proficiency Profile web site is accurate for the College of your major.
- Read each question carefully.
- Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
- Answer every question. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
- Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.
- On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
- If you complete the assessment early, use the remaining time to recheck your work.
- 75% of the questions must be completed or your answer sheet can not be scored.
Tyler Campus - Summer 2013 - May 20 through August 21, 2013
Longview Campus by Appointments - (903) 663-8114
Palestine Campus - Spring 2013 - (903) 727-2317
The University of Texas at Tyler Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness 3900 University Boulevard Tyler, Texas 75799 Phone 903.565.5955