Performance on External Examinations

College of Business


CBK ETS Examination

The College of Business uses the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) Major Field Test to assess all business majors during their senior year. This exam is designed to measure students' broad business subject knowledge and their ability to apply concepts, theories, facts, and analytical methods. The expectation (benchmark) for student performance as set by the College of Business is that students will "perform above the national norm (50th percentile) in each subject area." Since exam scores have not exceeded this target in every subject, as shown in Table 20, the benchmark (minimum threshold) remains at the 50th percentile, the current national norm.

Table 20. ETS Common Body of Knowledge Major Field Test Exam Pass Rates among five cohorts of students at Georgia College (AY 2013–14 through AY 2017–18)


CoB Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) ETS
% Correct GC
 Field Test Subject 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Accounting 43 43 44 44 48
Economics 45 46 45 43 45
Management 62 62 62 63 69
Quantitative Business Analysis 42 42 42 38 40
Finance 42 41 40 39 43
Marketing 61 58 61 52 59
Legal and Social 65 64 63 49 49
Information Systems 58 57 55 58 52
International Issues 47 46 46 44 44


Economics ETS Major Field Exam

Students take the ETS major field test in economics, a nationally standardized test of economic knowledge, during their Senior Seminar. The test is offered each spring semester. Students' mean score for total economics and sub-scores on the micro- and macroeconomic components of the exam are compared to those of students at other universities also taking the exam. The Department of Economics set a benchmark for student performance on the exam at or above the 50th percentile on each component measured. Department faculty agreed that a further goal of achieving outcomes in the upper-50th percentile among universities administering the ETS exam is also desirable given the academic reputations of these universities. Also, this level of achievement is indicative of high performing economics students that exceed nationwide performance standards.

Data demonstrate that annually, GC students continue to meet the benchmark set by the department, scoring in the upper-50th percentile (minimum threshold) on two of the three components of the exam total score and the microeconomics sub-score. While the score on the macroeconomics sub-test has not been met each year, it has increased considerably since the first administration of the exam in 2008-2009.

Table 21. ETS Economics Major Field Exam Pass Rates among five cohorts of students at Georgia College (AY 2013–14 through AY 2017–18)


ETS Exam Results Percent scoring 50th percentile or higher, ETS Exam Results Percent scoring 50th percentile or higher, ETS Exam Results Percent scoring 50th percentile or higher,, ETS Exam Results Percent scoring 50th percentile or higher, ETS Exam Results Percent scoring 50th percentile or higher,
2013-14 2013-14  2014-15 2014-15 2015-16 2015-16 2016-17 2016-17 2017-18 2017-18
Total Score 158 71 162 80 162 81 159 70 161 83
Micro Sub-score 62 81 64 86 62 81 61 77 62 86
Macro Sub-score 51 46 56 58 57 66 53 48 55 60