The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Field Test in Biology is utilized as the exit exam for the UCF Biology Department.
Undergraduate students at UCF who are majoring in Biology are eligible to test after their core courses are completed. This test is graded as pass/fail with a passing grade being greater than the national bottom 10th percentile. A failing grade will require a retake before graduation. This is a state-mandated exam for all graduating seniors in Biology.
The ETS Major Field Test in Biology is computerized and consists of approximately 150 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers will have two (2) hours to complete the test.
The exam will cover the following core courses: Biology I, Biology II, Genetics, Ecology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Evolutionary Biology.
The office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works in collaboration with the University Testing Center (UTC) to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made for test-takers with documented disabilities. Test-takers with disabilities seeking alternative testing arrangements (e.g. extended time, etc.) must request approval from SAS (407-823-2371 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Note: test-takers should allow at least two (2) weeks for SAS and UTC to process the accommodation requests once the formal request has been submitted to SAS.
Once UTC receives official notification from the SAS office of a test taker’s approved testing accommodations, a UTC staff member will notify the test taker via email.
Note: Test-takers seeking to test with accommodations must schedule their appointment time for Monday-Friday at 12:45 PM or earlier.
The cost for the Biology Exit Exam is $55.00. All costs paid to the University Testing Center are non-refundable and non-transferable.
*Please note- the cost of the Biology exit exam changed in Spring 2023 to $55.00 due to an increase in the materials cost.
Test takers must review the University Testing Center’s policies prior to test day. Items such as outwear (hoodies, sweaters, jackets, pullovers, cardigans, any form of second layer clothing), watches, and electronic devices are not permitted into the test room. UTC does offer lockers at no additional cost. The full list of UTC policies can be found here.
All appointments must be booked a minimum of 24 hours prior to the desired date/time. To schedule an appointment, navigate to RegisterBlast.
After completing the registration process, the test registration confirmation will be emailed. If a confirmation email is not received, test-takers must contact UTC during normal business hours to check appointment status.
Rescheduling an Appointment
Test takers may reschedule their appointments at no cost up to 7 days prior to the scheduled test date/time by following the instructions below. To reschedule within 7 days, test-takers would need to email a cancellation notice to UTC and schedule a new appointment, including full repayment of the test cost. Missed appointments will require full repayment of the test cost, this includes cancelation or arrivals more than 15-minutes late.
How to Reschedule
The UCF retake policy for the Biology Exit Exam is that test-takers can have a maximum of three (3) total attempts. Students that fail all 3 attempts will have to meet with biology leadership to come up with a plan to determine how they can demonstrate proficiency in biology.
Test-takers will have a 7-9 week time period each semester to complete the exam. If a student fails to achieve a score that is equal to or above the bottom 10th percentile in their first attempt, a short retake period will be made available upon request at the end of each semester for test-takers to re-take the exam.
Scores from the ETS Major Field Test in Biology will be provided to the appropriate Biology Academic Advisor.