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