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Office of Assessment & Institutional Research


Ross Norman, Assessment Director & Institutional Research Officer
Graham Hall 104
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2433
Marilyn Zimmerman, Testing Coordinator
Graham Hall 105
Phone: 605-626-3290



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Northern State University
Senior Exit Exams

Each school and college at Northern is in charge of its own exit exam testing, coordinated by the director of University-Wide Assessment. All ETS Major Field tests (MFT) are given online.


All baccalaureate candidates must complete the appropriate exit exam(s) in their major field(s) of study. Testing should take place in the student's final semester to ensure that relevant material covered on the test will have been covered in coursework. In the event of internship or other conflict with testing in the final semester, with appropriate approvals, it may be possible to arrange to test in the semester prior to the final semester before graduation.


If you have more than one major, a good strategy is to take one exit exam per semester up to and including the semester in which you graduate - that is, if those additional majors require you to take different exit exams.


If you have applied for graduation but don't take the required exit exam(s), your application for graduation will be cancelled and you will need to reapply the following semester.


Major Field Test (MFT) Description: Developed by a national panel of experts, the exit exam is a comprehensive assessment tool designed to measure a student's ability to utilize concepts and critical thinking to analyze and solve problems, and to understand and interpret materials within their major field of study. Each exam is a standard exit exam created by ETS.  


If you are an NSU student, please check myNSU (student portal) for specific information OR refer to the link below to view exit requirements and the time and place each is administered.  Most exits are given on Assessment Day each November and March.



Spring 2014 Exit Requirement Information