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Released June 9, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- When Kent Raulston of Petal signed up for the Management 400 course as part of his last semester at The University of Southern Mississippi, he knew that his business knowledge would be put to the test - literally.

Raulston was among 191 business students who took the Educational Testing Services Major Field Test in business as part of the capstone course for graduating seniors in the College of Business and Economic Development. Raulston was the only Southern Miss student who made a perfect score of 200 on the ETS test, putting him in a very small, select group of students who turned in perfect scores nationwide.

Raulston was pleasantly surprised when he learned of the results and said he didn't do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for it. "It's not the kind of test you can study for a week in advance," said Raulston. "You really have to prepare over four years. It's a day-in, day-out process."

Raulston graduated from Southern Miss in May with a bachelor's degree in accounting and will continue his education this fall working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Alabama. He is a 2000 graduate of Petal High School.

The ETS test covers the areas of business that students are expected to know to have a well-rounded education, said Dr. David Duhon, associate professor of management, and one of the course's professors.

"We've been using this test for nearly 10 years, and we've had only one other student to make a perfect score. The ETS tells us that there is only a handful of students nationwide every year who achieve this. That is truly an outstanding score and one we're proud of. This shows that the quality of education available here is equal to any in the country and that a good student can do well," said Duhon. He said the college uses the test to assess student achievement and to evaluate programs and curricula.

Other Southern Miss students who scored in the 95th percentile nationwide were Stephanie Carmichael (Seminary), Jarrod Frasier (Waynesboro) and Joseph Tullos (Hattiesburg).

Students who scored in the 90th percentile were Mindy Morris (Laurel), Cameron Goddard (Brandon), Valerie Holt (Laurel), Forrest Hartel (Hattiesburg) and Richard Tanner (Waynesboro).

The ETS Major Field Test in business consists of 120 questions covering accounting, economics, management, quantitative business analysis and information systems, finance, marketing, legal and social environment and international issues. The test is intended to cover the common body of knowledge for undergraduate business education and is administered to about 50,000 students nationally each year.


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