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Business Exit Exam (BEE) — BUS 489 — FAQs

Who is required to take the exam?

SBE students majoring in accounting, business, business administration, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, international business, management, management information systems and/or marketing.

What is the Business Exit Exam — BUS 489?

All majors in the SBE (except economics & HRTM) at SUNY Plattsburgh must register for and pass the Business Exit Exam (BUS 489) in order to graduate. NOTE: If you passed MGM 490 prior to spring 2011 at SUNY Plattsburgh, you have already met this requirement. The Business Exit Exam (BEE)  focuses on the core business knowledge areas and serves as a direct assessment of student learning in the SBE. There is a Moodle review site that all registered students will gain access to prior to the exam. Topic areas on the review site correlate with the questions on the exam.

At what point can I register for the BUS 489 (Business Exit Exam)?

Once you have achieved junior standing (60+ credits) and have completed ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290, you are eligible to register for BUS489.

When is it offered?

The exam is administered each fall and spring semester. The dates for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Spring 2017 — Friday, March 3
Fall 2017 — Friday, September 29

How well do I have to do on the exam?

A letter grade will be assigned for the exam. A “D” or better is required for graduation. Grades are calculated based on standard deviations above or below the mean as outlined below.

A: SCORE > Test Mean +1.75 standard deviation
B: SCORE > Test Mean +1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to 1.75 standard deviation
C: SCORE within one 1 standard deviation of the Test Mean
D: SCORE < Test Mean -1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to -1.75 standard deviation
E:  SCORE < Test Mean -1.75 standard deviations

How should I study for it?

The best way to study is to review your books and notes from ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290 as well as review documents that will be made available to you on the BUS 489 course site via MOODLE once you have registered for the exam.

What if I forget to register for it?

Check on Banner to find out who is administering the exam for that semester. Contact that person to let him/her know that you are not registered and to inquire about space.

Can I retake the exam if I don’t pass?

Yes. You can take the exam up to 3 times. If it is not your last semester at SUNY Plattsburgh, you can simply register to take the exam again the following semester. If it is your last semester, you should contact the test administrator to arrange a retake during the same semester.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you have any questions about the School of Business & Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Portrait of Dr. Rowena Ortiz-WaltersDr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Dean
Office: Au Sable Hall 331
Phone: (518) 564-3185
Email: [email protected]

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Plattsburgh, NY 12901