Purpose: As part of
the School of Business's continuous improvement outcomes assessment program,
the Major Field Achievement Test in Business (BAT) is administered to all
graduating seniors majoring in Business. The BAT is designed to assess mastery
of concepts, principles, and knowledge typically expected of students upon
completion of an undergraduate major in business. The test goes beyond factual
knowledge: it is constructed to evaluate the student's ability to analyze and
solve problems, understand relationships, and interpret material.
Description: The BAT is a computerized, multiple-choice test
divided into two, one-hour sessions. The test administration requires
approximately two and a half hours to complete. Each test contains questions
that elicit concrete information as well as questions that require
interpretation of graphs, diagrams, and charts based on material closely
related to the field. Areas covered on the test and approximate number of
questions in each category include: Accounting (19), Economics (15), Finance
(13), Management (20), Marketing (14), and Quantitative Business Analysis
Admission and Fees
Candidates pay the test fee of $40 at the Business Office
and retain receipt. The receipt and Photo ID is used as admission on exam day.
testing scores are reported immediately after testing, otherwise (if
paper/pencil testing), scores will be delivered in four to six weeks after the
test. The results of the exam are reported for each individual, and overall
scores are reported for Henderson State University.
performance score on the BAT is required of all business graduates at
Henderson State University. A minimum score of 140 (which is in the 13th
percentile range) is required. Students not meeting the performance score will
be required to retake the exam at an additional cost during the week of final
The School of Business faculty take the results (both
individual and overall) of this exam very seriously in making decisions as to
how we can improve the "Henderson experience" for students.