Mount Union Students Take Bloomberg Test

March 19, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Finance majors at the University of Mount Union scored above the global average in several categories on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) they took on campus in January.

This is the first year Mount Union students participated in the test, which helps students improve their marketability by allowing them to post their BAT test scores along with their resumes on Bloomberg’s website. Financial employers often search for potential new hires on Bloomberg’s site.

The BAT is a global, standardized online exam that the Bloomberg Institute has developed in partnership with premier companies, university faculty and business professionals around the world. The test is designed for undergraduates and recent graduates who are interested in an entry-level job in the business world.

“The great thing about the Bloomberg Test is that it gives Mount Union students the ability to showcase what we know compared to other students at various other institutions,” said senior finance major Andrew Coates of Port Orange, Fla. “This in turn should give us an edge in the hiring process because it allows us the ability to have hard evidence to present to our potential future employers.”

According to Dr. Patricia (Foley ’73) Matthews, professor of finance and health care management and Nolen A. Cunningham Chair of Business, all seniors in the major voluntary took the test, which takes approximately three hours to complete. Several weeks after taking the test, Mount Union students received their scores, which indicated that Mount Union scored higher than the world average in categories including situational judgment, verbal skills, investment management, financial statements analysis, financial markets and corporate valuation. 

“I am so excited about the students’ performance on this test,” Matthews said. “You never know how rigorous your program is and this test showed that our program is on the right track. We’re planning to use the results to develop on our weaknesses and play into our strengths.” 

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