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Math Major Has Perfect Score on National Test

By Jeremy Case Published: Jun 13, 2013

Kari Webster

A Taylor University student has achieved a perfect score on the Major Field Test in mathematics (MFT). Kari Webster, who graduated in May with a double major in Mathematics and Physics, took the MFT exam as part of her senior comprehensive exam for mathematics.

The ETS Major Field Test for mathematics consists of 50 multiple choice questions drawn from the courses of study most commonly found in an undergraduate mathematics curriculum. Taylor University, as well as other colleges and universities, uses use the Major Field Test to assess the effectiveness of major programs of study to improve curricula and student learning. The Taylor Mathematics Department uses the exam as part of the senior comprehensive exam.

According to Dr. Jeremy Case, Professor of Mathematics at Taylor, mathematics majors need to score in the 50th percentile to pass. “Traditionally, our students have done very well on the exam," he said. "The ETS provides institutional mean scores for seniors who take the exam, and as a group, our students have scored in the 95th percentile the previous three years.”  

Webster’s individual score was a 200 on the exam. “This is like scoring 800 on a section of the SAT,” said Case. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops and proctors other standardized tests such as the GRE, the Praxis for educators, and the Advanced Placement (AP) tests. According to the ETS website, the mean score for the Math MFAT was 156.9 for the 13,279 examinees who took the exam from February 2004 to June 2012. Three hundred twenty nine colleges and universities administer the MFT in mathematics.

"Kari Webster epitomizes the Taylor team spirit that helped her excel academically and brought out the best in all of her classmates,” said Dr. Ken Constantine, Professor of Mathematics at Taylor. “She always was thinking about the implications of the mathematics, asking questions, and making connections” as well as “helping others.”

While at Taylor, Webster interned for the United States government in the intelligence field. She is working at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland as a Radar Engineering Analyst.