VSB Alumnus Honored in Bloomberg Hall of Fame

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Recent grad earned fourth highest score on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test

VILLANOVA, Pa., May 27, 2015 - Recent Villanova University graduate Michael Breault ’15 VSB was invited into the Bloomberg Institute Hall of Fame after earning the fourth highest score in the Americas region on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT), a highly competitive exam in the financial industry.

Breault graduated from the Villanova School of Business (VSB) with a degree in finance and minors in accountancy and political science. He decided to take the exam to get a sense of how he compared with his peers and to reach potential employers.

“The BAT provided the opportunity to reinforce what I’ve learned through my coursework at Villanova. I felt so well-prepared for the BAT that I didn’t need to do any outside training,” said Breault. “My score is a testament to the quality of my courses and professors at VSB.”

Breault has accepted a position with BAE Systems, an aerospace defense company, where he will complete a three-year financial leadership development program in New Hampshire.

Breault’s final score of 700 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 business and finance. Each month between 5,000 and 7,000 people in the Americas region take the test. There has never been a perfect score on the BAT, which offers a possible 800 points.

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. Test-takers’ scores are entered anonymously into the Bloomberg Talent Search, a database available to more than 20,000 top firms, to identify candidates for entry-level roles in business.

“VSB works hard to develop students into successful leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who are ready to enter the global business environment,” said Brenda Stover, executive director of professional development at VSB. “Michael took full advantage of the rigorous courses we offer our students and we are proud of his achievement.”

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The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

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