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UNC Wilmington students connect to employers through new exam

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Cameron School of Business takes great pride in its ability to offer talented students opportunities to connect with potential employers. One new tool in the school's arsenal is a standardized exam aimed at matching new graduates and young professionals with businesses around the globe.

The Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT) is a standardized exam that focuses on skills necessary for careers in business and finance.

The BAT provides a benchmark to rank undergraduates against their peers at institutions across the globe. Students answer questions from 11 subject areas ranging from economics, investment banking, financial markets and economics to math skills, analytical reasoning and verbal skills. The three-hour exam is open to students from all majors.

Exam scores are listed in an anonymous database available to companies subscribing to Bloomberg's services. Businesses can search for the skills they need to fill positions and match them with promising young professionals, thus reducing the time and expense of the hiring process. Since the first round of tests, more than 500 students have been connected to potential employers, according to Bloomberg.

"Bloomberg feels that this will be a primary recruiting tool," said William Sackley, associate dean at the Cameron School of Business.

Almost 100 UNCW students have taken the exam since it was first offered by the Cameron School in January 2011. The test is free to students, although the company plans to eventually charge $100. Sackley said UNCW intends to offer the test again in 2012.

"We will continue to offer the exam on our campus as long as Bloomberg is willing to continue our relationship," said Sackley.

Bloomberg has had a long relationship with UNCW, allowing the university to install a dozen of their terminals on campus for student and faculty use. The terminals provide access to thousands of databases that track everything from stock and commodity prices to company history, world events and legal decisions.

Students can register to take the BAT online at www.takethebat.com.