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Anonymous A asked on Aug 06, 2019 - 3 answers

Hi friends,

I have an invitation for the 45 min 23 qn online test soon (not the GMAT like qn. but more like a case with many questions).

But resources for preparation is very limited. I have downloaded the free sample on Igotanoffer.com to get an idea. But their full package is very expensive and not sure if it is a good investment (after all not a lot of questions in it either...)

Does anyone have suggestions for how to prepare for it other than buying the expensive prep package? Thank you very much!

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Vlad replied on Aug 06, 2019
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Hi,

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

(Message me for a password)

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!

Francesco replied on Aug 07, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

in order to prepare for the BCG Test I would recommend the following steps:

  • Practice as much as you can on BCG Potential test simulations. You should be able to find some tests online to practice.
  • Once completed the BCG test simulations, move to PST practice. You can find a good number of PST test online for free. PST is different from the Potential test (the structure is not the same, in the Potential test you get penalized for wrong questions while in the McK PST you don’t, etc), but it is definitely closer to that than other options.
  • Do all the simulations with a time constraint. Then, after each test, report all the mistakes you did in the test. You will likely find the mistakes have something in common (eg, wrong math; too much time wasted on some questions; wrong interpretation of graph; etc). Then work on these categories one by one. Many people do these simulations concentrating only on the final score and don’t spend time categorizing the type of mistakes, thus not improving their performance.
  • If possible, don’t print the sample tests; rather, do the simulations while at your computer. As it is a computer test, during the actual one you cannot write down notes near the questions and you will have to go back and forth to the different parts online; if you practice on the paper version only, you will find different dynamics the day of the interview which could influence your performance.

As additional notes:

  • You have to take into account you are penalized for wrong answers, so you should adapt your strategy accordingly.
  • Math practice, graph interpretation and quick reading training can also be useful. You can find some more comments on that at the following link: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/online-analytical-tests-483
  • Try to distribute the tests between now and the day of the test for constant learning, avoiding doing them just close to the test day.

Best,

Francesco

Anonymous B replied on Aug 06, 2019

Hi - wish I knew more to help but if you wouldn't mind sharing once you find out, that would be really helpful!

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