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New answer on Nov 12, 2020
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Anonymous J asked on Nov 11, 2020

Any insights on the VERY NEW BCG ONLINE TEST (expectations, format, ...) ?

Much appreciated


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Content Creator
replied on Nov 12, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Lately, there have been a lot of posts here asking precisely about the change. However, it does not matter that much. The math online test are super similar to one another.

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 (

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

Hope it helps!



Content Creator
replied on Nov 11, 2020
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

I would spend less time on worrying about the specific differences between BCG tests (new v old, x region vs y region) and focus more on what's required.

The online tests across companies and across time 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.

Content Creator
replied on Nov 11, 2020
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Hi there!

I would recommend you not to focus on the differences between tests because the format of testing within the company is usually quite similar. My recommendation to you is to do training based on previous online tests. You can use some potential tests for Bain, BCG, PST (McKinsey), or GMAT and I can advise you to check the solution after each test. In this way, you can see where you have gone wrong and develop quickly.

You should develop your critical thinking, knowledge of working with information, time management, and deepen your knowledge in business.

Do you need any further help?