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Rob

Hello everyone,

Does anyone have any advice regarding BCG's online test?
- How is it structured?
- How to best prepare for it?

Apparently it is similar to GMAT and/or the McKinsey problem solving test. Practice materials would be highly appreciated!

Best,
Rob

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Vlad replied on 10/12/2017
McKinsey / Accenture / More than 300 real MBB cases / Collected all Big 3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

There are 2 types of BCG tests:

  1. GMAT-like test with questions similar to GMAT
  2. Online Test that is based on a case and has the questions closer to PST

I have uploaded both test samples here (Online test is about airlines). I've also added BCG written case sample (Next round) and Bain written case:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zor4m49eyx5qxal/AABeUN6mtiGkWhEklRjszX2Oa?dl=0

As for particular recommendations for online test:

  1. Try to find as many people in your country as you can who have done the test. Ask them for the topic, industry, and questions they remember. For example in one of the countries there was a test about airlines and reading a couple of articles / company reports / wikipedia articles with industry terms could significantly improve performance
  2. Try to practice tests with strict time-management. McKinsey PST from the official web site and all mck and bcg -like tests you can find online
  3. Additional resources can be GMAT Integrated reasoning from the official guides and apps if you feel that you are not p[erforming well
  4. As far as I remember calculator is allowed on BCG test. Make sure you know how to simplify calculations and use it fast

Best!

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Francesco replied on 10/31/2017
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Hi Rob,

I agree with Vlad; as additional elements on BCG online tests:

  • Commit to a time for each question, and go on if you surpass that time. If you do not set discipline, you will end eating too much time for some questions (these tests sometimes are actually structured to have some questions it is better to skip and review at the end). If time allows, you can then go back to the questions at the end.
  • Practice a lot of math before – it is normally a key component of all the tests
  • Use elimination process when in doubts in multiple choice question
  • Practice graph interpretation
  • Practice quick reading and quick understanding of key information only

Finally, remember you get penalized for wrong answers and should adapt your approach accordingly.

Best,

Francesco

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