Test scores are in for 54 West Virginia University College of Business and Economics students who graduated last month. The students placed in the top 95 percent of 83,323 students from 564 U.S. business schools.

The test was given in early May to a group of students representing all business majors (finance, accounting, economics, management information systems, management and marketing) who volunteered to answer 120 questions on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) exam.

Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually. This one was given to help the college assess its undergraduate program compared to students in other U.S. colleges and as part of its accreditation requirement by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, the nations leading accrediting agency.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Andy Wood said the test not only demonstrated that students in the business college are learning, but also that they are also learning material from outside their majors.

Theres a great deal of cross-pollination,he said.Our students scored highest on finance questions, but they also did well on all the other questions, which ran the gamut from management to marketing.

He said students study aspects of all the business majors during their sophomore and junior year, and, judging from the exam, appear to have retained their knowledge through their senior year of focused study.

We introduce our students to a spectrum of knowledge so that they can see how the various business functions interconnect,Dr Wood said.This makes them more valuable in their future careers, and it has shown up on the national test.