The results of the 2015-16 ETS Business Field Test are in, and SUNY New Paltz Business students scored in the 82nd percentile relative to the nearly 110,000 students from more than 600 colleges and universities who took the exam, with scores above the national average in every one of the exam’s nine knowledge domains.
Students of all majors in New Paltz’s School of Business are expected to pass the Major Field Test for Bachelor’s Degree in Business, an internationally recognized, end-of-program exam created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the nonprofit assessment organization well-known for administering exams including the GRE and TOEFL tests.
The ETS test measures students’ mastery of business concepts, principles and knowledge as they approach the end of their undergraduate degree programs. It challenges them to solve real-world problems and interpret relevant, contemporary case studies.
All students are assessed for competency in accounting, economics, management, finance, marketing, quantitative business analytics, international issues, informational systems and legal & social environment.
New Paltz’s tested students for the 2015-16 academic year exceeded the mean in each of these content areas, with particularly excellent performance in quantitative business analytics (94th percentile) and finance (91st percentile).
“Our students persistently rank very highly in this national standard test,” said Jun Lin, associate professor of strategic management. “The national comparative data indicate that our students not only grasp the core business concepts and principles very well, but also have excellent analytical, application and problem-solving skills. It shows that the School of Business is offering a very rigorous program for future business leaders, encompassing both depth and breadth of business knowledge and facilitating students in developing their skills for the global workplace.”