What is the ETS® Proficiency Profile?


The ETS® Proficiency Profile is a test of general academic knowledge and skills. It includes material usually covered in core curriculum or general education courses. This test is intended for use by colleges and universities in assessing the outcomes of their general education programs to improve the quality of instruction and learning.

Why should students try their best on this test?

By taking the ETS Proficiency Profile, you enable UAB to get the data it needs to prove the effectiveness of your general education program — ensuring that you and future students earn the highest quality degree. Institutions use the ETS Proficiency Profile to assess critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics skills, evaluate and inform teaching and learning, and gauge program effectiveness. A student’s best effort will help faculty obtain more valid and reliable data for decision making. Remember you get $50 in BlazerBucks for completing the exam!

How long is it?

The abbreviated test is a multiple-choice test with 36 questions that takes 40 minutes. Please allow about 20 additional minutes for preparation.

How is it scored?

Scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing, so you should try to answer every question.

What does UAB do with the information?

At UAB, The Proficiency Profile (PP) is administered to freshmen and upperclassmen annually. Results of this test are then used for the overall improvement of UAB’s core curriculum in adherence to accreditation standards.

When and where is the test given?

Where: Hill Student Center Room 203
When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: Between the hours of 8 am-6 pm

Additional Questions: Call Shari Scott at 205-975-8235 or email at ssrob618@uab.edu