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Walsh College Student Dubin Reaches Bloomberg Hall of Fame

Walsh College Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance (MBA/MSF) student Aaron Dubin has earned a place on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) Hall of Fame list for March 2015 with a third-place performance on the highly competitive exam for the Americas region.

Dubin’s final score of 710 placed him in the 99th percentile out of more than 250,000 people who have ever taken the BAT. Bloomberg L.P., a world leader in financial data analytics and news, hosts the 100-question, two-hour online test that measures students’ aptitudes for careers in finance.

Consisting of eight sections, the BAT includes math, analytical reasoning, analysis of charts and graphs, news analysis, economics, global markets, analysis of financial statements, and investment banking.

The BAT helps students and recent graduates connect with financial employers worldwide. The test was developed in partnership with premier financial institutions and university faculties around the world.

Students who take the BAT uncover their strengths across a range of finance, business, career and personal competencies and gain insight into their suitability for careers in business and finance.

“The BAT provided a good opportunity to reinforce and support my classes at Walsh. It allowed me to apply the concepts and skills I’ve learned in class to situations that resemble business applications in the real world, which makes it easier for me to see the big picture,” said Dubin.

“Right now I’m working in information technology and my current goal is to move into quantitative finance or large systems design for a rapidly growing enterprise,” he added. “I see an opportunity to fuse the financial and managerial skills I’m building at Walsh with the technical skills I’ve acquired and continue to develop.”

Dubin, whose undergraduate degree is in computer science, said he was encouraged that the exam showed his skills were growing through his studies at Walsh and that he was “becoming more competitive in a bigger crowd” of students nationally.

After taking the test, students can enter their scores anonymously into the BAT Talent Search, a tool used by employers to identify candidates for entry-level roles in business. Employers can view student profiles anonymously and may elect to contact students with testing profiles complementary to their company’s available career opportunities.

“Walsh College students expect to meet high academic standards. Aaron fully represents achievement of that goal,” said Greg Todd, associate professor and chair, Finance and Economics. “We work hard to develop students into successful business leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs ready to do business in a global environment.”

Walsh students typically prepare for and complete the BAT in the College’s Finance Lab, which has 12 Bloomberg terminals, financial applications, and areas to study current market conditions and trends.

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