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Anyone done the Bain Amsterdam Online assessment(Test Gorilla version)

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New answer on Nov 09, 2022
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asked on Mar 06, 2021

Hi Everyone,

I have been invited to do an online assessment from Bain Amsterdam. I was wondering if anyone had recently done it and could share their experiance with it. I am pretty sure that the online test is being provided by I have been told that the test will be composed of 4 sections and that it will evaluate my business acumen and cognitive ability. Moreover, the time frame for the exam is 40 mins. Any tips for prepartion would be highly appreciated. I have been preparing from SHL and

Thanks in Advance

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replied on Mar 07, 2021
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello Mia,

Unfortunately, I don´t have 1st hand experience with this Gorilla test you are mentioning.

However, the good news here is that most of the online tests are very similar, and test the same skillset. It´s a good thing, since you can prep for them with a very unified approach. Although this may not seem so at first sight since the formats may differ, what is important here -as well as when solving cases- is the core skillset they are tryng to test. This is common, and the most important skills are:

  • 80-20 analysis: capacity to analize, interpret and extract conclusions quickly and in a agile way from a ton of data -of which not all is useful-
  • Analytic and critical thinking: many ways tested with graphs, charts and tables, that you need to understand and derive decisions or insights from
  • Mathematical skills: are always somehow present, for which you need to be fast int he basics

The way to get better is practicing as much as possible with similar exercises -those targeted at the same skillset-. Hence, I would strongly recomment you practice it with the Integrated Reasoning part of the GMAT exam.

There are free exams in the internet that you can use for practice (the one of LBS MBA page, Verits prep, as well as some free trials for courses such as the one of The Economist (

Furthermore, you can leverage the MBB tests (,, and many others)

Hope it helps!



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replied on Mar 06, 2021
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Hi Mina,

Honestly, all of these online tests are very similar

Format? Somewhat. Content and what's required from you ability-wise? Not at all.

The best way is to really find online tests / questions and practice. Regardless as to whether is a new or old test, the principles are mostly the same:

  • Time management (need to think quick)
  • Business knowledge/context (incl key formulas)
  • Critical thinking (answers that are very similar to each other...clues "hidden" in the text)
  • Ability to interpret data/charts

Think of it as a merge of a case and the GMAT/GRE.

You need to be clear on some key case-related and account formulas (margin, growth, breakeven, etc) as well as be good at critically understanding the question (including nuance to questions) and parsing through complicated text with a fair amount of distraction.

You'll also need to be good at chart/graph reading.

The (old) McKinsey PST, BCG Online Test, Bain SOVA test, etc. are all quite similar so leverage resources across all of them.

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Mina on Mar 06, 2021

Thanks for sharing that IAN! Much appreciated!

Ian on Mar 24, 2021

My pleasure :)

Anonymous A replied on Nov 09, 2022

Hi Mina, 

& Everyone still needing to do the Bain online test (Test Gorilla). 

For me the test was focused on numerical reasoning and business acumen. 

The topics for numerical reasoning were mostly number sequences and questions based on tables/charts/graphs. The most challenging for me was the time pressure. For numerical reasoning, 12 questions in 10 min, and the business element 15 questions in 10 min. 

On the website of test gorilla you can find a practice test (for employers, to try out the product), these were exactly the practice questions you get in the real test before the assessment starts (

Business questions were similar to ‘mini cases'. A brief description of a client and an issue/strategic choice and then two answers that were two potential next steps, where you had to select the best answer.  

Hope this helps! 




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Mateo replied on Sep 28, 2022

Hi Mina - I have my assessment to complete this week and was wondering whether you could shed light on what sort of questions you got as well as how it was!


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Eldar on Oct 30, 2022

Hi Mateo. Did you complete your assessment? I would highly appreciate if you could give some insight about the tests

Anonymous replied on Dec 06, 2021

Hi Mina, I also have to do the test this week, I am curious if you remember anything about it and whether you have any tips for me. Thanks in advance! x Sophie 

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