ETS Proficiency Profile

Office of Assessment and InstitutionalEffectiveness

Is the ETS Proficiency Profile required?

Yes, all junior level students, including transfer students, are required to complete the ETS Proficiency Profile assessment test after completing 60 semester credit hours and before completing 90 semester credit hours. Student who have 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. Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree are exempt from the assessment requirement. 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?

Checking and Resolving Holds

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 ID, 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.

ETS Proficiency Profile Test Taking Strategies:

  • Listen closely to the proctor's instructions.
  • Verify that the session number entered on the ETS Proficiency Profile website 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.
  • Seventy five percent of the questions must be completed or your answer sheet cannot be scored.

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?

Students on the Tyler campus test in the Testing Center, UC 3160. The Testing Center will take walk-ins Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer semesters. Limited seating is available and students are encouraged to allow one hour for the test. Phone: 903.565.5693

Students at the Houston Engineering Center may contact Christine Smith, administrative assistant at 903.565.6570.

Students at the Longview University Center may send an email to or contact Chris Martin, Computer Support Analyst, at 903.663.8114.

Students at the Palestine Campus may contact Tricia Anderton, support services analyst at 903.727.2317