Bloomberg BAT

Just took the Bloomberg BAT test today. Quick overview of it:

  • started in 2010,
  • 2 hour test with 100 questions covering News Analysis (12 questions), Economics (12 questions), Math Skills (14 questions), Analytical Reasoning (12 questions), Financial Statements Analysis (12 questions), Investment Banking (12 questions), Global Markets (14 questions), and Chart and Graph Analysis (12 questions)
  • suppose to focus on analytical reasoning instead of terminology, know how and learned knowledge

In other words it’s an assessment test given by Bloomberg Institute.

Now I’ve read a few articles and group posts on LinkedIn. Some were of how it’s not worth the time, they got high scores/ percentiles and never got a call and others where they did get call backs from their percentile scores. And in all honesty I took the sample questions from their website and got 2 out of the 3 right, I’m sure it was done that way to inspire and motivate you to take the test.

There’s some perks taking it at the school, didn’t have to pay the $65 bucks to do it online, thought it was strange when you needed a web cam to take it online. Might get my dogs in there, they love the camera.

According to them by taking it you get to:

  • Identify your personal strengths to promote to employers in interviews
  • Gain valuable feedback as relative to a career in finance
  • Get contacted for full-time and internship opportunities
  • Promote yourself to employers worldwide
  • Gain insight into different roles in finance
  • Enhance your CV/Resume

For me:

  • Want to find out strengths and weaknesses
  • Not interested in a career in finance or promoting myself, not just yet anyways
  • Want to know the different aspects of finance
  • Improve my resume, pending the score

Regardless, I don’t think it wasn’t a waste of time. There were two other people from my management class, so at least I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t majoring in finance taking the test. The whole point was to see what it was about. Now waiting the two weeks to see what I scored.

Too Much Technology

I have been playing around with Outlook. Figured out how to add my Hotmail account into it, that was a pain. Then found out that it wasn’t deleting the emails in the Hotmail account. Apparently there’s different types of email settings POP and IMAP, then there’s the other thing dealing with local and web idk I got lost reading up on it. Then I get on to the Hotmail, and there’s another thing that’s its telling me and all the emails are gone, but they are apparently stored on my computer. Mmm… I gave up on it and will figure it out later.

But then it’s got me thinking, there is just way too much technology, it’s really cramping up my style. Taking four classes this semester, Applied Cal, Political Science, Business Stats and a Fitness class. I don’t want to say how I feel about the classes just yet, don’t want to jinx myself.

But take a look at this…

Math class – uses an additional service for the homework and practice questions (1st new program)

Fitness class – uses an additional service for the homework, has an e-text, has the fitness labs (2nd new program)

Biz Stat – lectures, and excel

Political Science – old fashion lectures, discussions

Not only with some of the classes you need to purchase the key card for it ( I could have bought another book with what I’ve spent on it on the key cards.) But then you have the educational software that the college uses, before it was something, then something else, now it’s the Desire2Learn suite. No wonder so many students find it hard to adapt.

I’m fine using all of the new technology to learn and do daily tasks, but where does it stop? How many more education programs does one have to learn to use by the time they are finished with college? It has gotten to be almost overwhelming. But then, where would we be without it?

And yet, technology doesn’t change… using an old Thinkpad T60 to do all this new learning with.