Economics student tops world-wide aptitude test

UOW Honours student, Daniel Thomason, has been ranked number one in the world in a global business aptitude test.

Daniel, who is completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics, topped the May 2013 Bloomberg Aptitude Test, a global, standardised online exam designed help gifted undergraduates and recent graduates connect with employers.

Over 113,000 students in 1079 universities across 58 countries have sat the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, which tests talent not knowledge of arcane lingo or formulae.

Previously a Dean’s Scholar, Daniel has already been snapped up by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

After completing Honours, Daniel will join the RBA in February 2014 as an analyst, where he will work on maintaining the financial stability of Australian households, businesses and markets.

A rising star, 23-year-old Daniel, who plans to pursue post-graduate study in the future, has already received a number of awards for his academic dedication, including the 2012 Illawarra Regional Information Services John Steinke Prize in Economics and the 2012 GHD Meyrick Prize in Economics.

Daniel said he initially started studying maths and sociology at uni, but quickly figured that economics would be the perfect way to combine the two.

“I love that economics offers a rigorous and logical way of analysing problems, and provides the chance to make a big difference to people’s lives.”

“My thesis, for example, examines the effects of alcohol consumption on crime, which has consequences for policies, such as the minimum legal drinking age,” he said.

The all-round achiever is also a volunteer mentor for UOW’s Indigenous mentoring program, AIME and President of UOW’s Economics & Finance Society.

Daniel will also represent UOW at the National Honours Colloquium at UNSW in August.


  • UOW Honours Student, Daniel Thomason, has topped the May 2013 Bloomberg Aptitude Test.