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MFT/ACAT

M ajor Field Test
Area Concentration Achievement Test

WHAT ARE MFT AND ACAT?

The Major Field Test and the Area Concentration Achievement Test are designed to assess what you have learned in your major field of study. These tests cover the knowledge and skills typically taught in your major field at colleges and universities across the nation. These tests are similar to the Graduate Record Examination in subject areas except that they measure what you have achieved rather than your potential for success in graduate school.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE MFT OR ACAT?

JSU currently administers MFT/ACAT tests for the following disciplines:

Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Economics, History, Music, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

If you are majoring, or seeking secondary education certification, in one of these areas, you should register to take the appropriate test(s) during your final Fall or Spring semester of classes.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE MFT OR ACAT?

Most departments prefer that students take the test during their last semester.

WHY IS THE MFT/ACAT ADMINISTERED?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the accreditation agency for Jacksonville State University. To maintain accreditation, SACS requires that member institutions establish procedures for evaluating the extent to which their educational goals are being achieved. The MFT or ACAT is a major component of the evaluation of attainment of educational goals for many of JSU's programs.

WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE RESULTS?

SACS requires that the University's evaluation process "use the results of these evaluations to improve institutional programs, services and operations." Results of students' performance on MFT/ACAT are sent to the student and to the appropriate department (e.g., biology, English, etc.) The department uses test results to evaluate its success in achieving stated educational goals and to improve curriculum and instruction. Your scores on these tests will not affect your graduation.

HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM TAKING THE EXAMINATION?

You will receive a report of your test results which will allow you to compare your achievement to that of students in your discipline who are graduating from many other colleges and universities. This is an objective means of affirming your academic accomplishments. Additionally, you will know that, by your conscientious effort on the test, you have contributed to efforts to improve your program.

HOW DO I REGISTER TO TAKE THE MFT/ACAT?

MFT and ACAT tests are administered by individual academic departments. At the beginning of your last semester of classes, check with the department office of your academic major to register and determine the testing dates and location. Most departments schedule testing during the second month of the semester.

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