Three Schulich finance students among top 10 BAT performers in North America

York’s Schulich School of Business students Mudit Sharma, Balpreet Singh and Albert Huynh were named among the top 10 Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) performers in North America in May. The BAT is a global, standardized exam designed to assess aptitude for business and finance and the results are anonymously entered into a talent search database where more than 20,000 employers can access the results and offer internship or entry-level positions to test-takers.

Sharma is an MBA student and he placed second in North America, while Singh and Huynh are both BBA students and finished sixth and eighth, respectively. The top 10 included students from UCLA, SchulichNortheastern University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Schulich was the only school to have more than one student represented in the top ten.

“The achievement of our students on the BAT, I believe, reflects the quality of both our students and the finance and business education they receive at Schulich,” said Professor of finance Kee-Hong Bae. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and hope that it will encourage more Schulich students in the future to participate in the BAT.”

The BAT was developed in partnership with premier companies, university faculty and business professionals around the world only 18 months ago and each week between 50 to 500 connections take place between potential employers and students in North America.

The BAT aids employers in identifying and screening students who wish to pursue a career in business and finance. The exam consists of eight sections which tests students’ knowledge and understanding of current events, economics, math skills, analytical reasoning, financial statements, investment banking, global markets and chart and graph analysis. The BAT does not aim to assess the test-takers knowledge; rather it assesses a person’s aptitude to be successful in these fields, regardless of background.

Students have the options to show their results in the database maintained by Bloomberg which only shows university name they are affiliated with and their undergraduate/graduate status and which year they are in but students’ names and contact info is anonymous and not shared with others.

When employers wish to make a connection and contact a student, the student will be contacted by Bloomberg with employer’s details first and then the student has options to agree/decline this connection request without disclosing any personal info.

Two BAT tests were organized for Schulich and York University students on May 3 and 11. Forty-three students wrote the test and 40 posted their results to Bloomberg BAT database. On May 11, a Schulich MBA student posted a score of 720, the school’s top performance to date.

For the full list of May’s top BAT performers, visit the Bloomberg Institute’s Hall of Fame web page.

For more information on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, visit the Bloomberg Institute website.