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BCG Potential Test McKinsey PST written case
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 11, 2019

Hi,

I am going to apply to MBB next semester and I am wondering what is the best approach to improve my BCG potential test, Bain GMAT and written case, and Mckinsey Imbellus performance. I solved two PSTs recently and scored 10 and 12.

Can you recommend me a daily routine I can use for the the next 3 - 4 months?,

I have many PSTs and BCG potential tests to work with, and also the 2019 GMAT Official Guide.

Thanks

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Antonello
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updated an answer on Nov 11, 2019
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Hi,

  • McK Imbellus is a sort of game and no preparation is needed
  • BCG potential test: when you finish all the mock test you can find on the internet, PST is a good exercise
  • Bain math and verbal test: training with SHL will be enough. (with GMAT you overprepare it, but if you have time and you are also thinking about taking the GMAT for a future MBA application go for it)

With so many time I recommend you to set-up a structured prep plan also for the business cases, that will be useful also for the BCG test. For any tips about it feel free to text me.

Best,
Antonello

PS. There are many websites which offer mock SHL tests, here you can find 5 free practice tests:

  • https://www.gradtests.com.au/test/starttest/TestType/2/TestId/45/practice/1
  • https://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/jobtestprep/testPlayer.aspx?atr=1&skinid=9&localeSetting=en-GB&sLanguage=en-GB&test_id=E_FreeSHL_Numerical&mode=timed&template=FreeTestTemplate&endURL=%2ffree-shl-numerical-test-results-page&endURLName=Exit+Test&cancelURLName=Exit+Test&cancelURL=signout.aspx&ReturnURL=%2fmaster-ceb-shl-numerical-test&layoutype=1&layoutype=1&testTitle=Free+SHL-Style+Numerical+Test&adPageID=&itemCode=E_FreeSHL_Numerical
  • https://www.wikijob.co.uk/aptitude-test/verbal-reasoning-practice
  • https://www.practiceaptitudetests.com/sign-up/programme/shl
  • https://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests

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Deniz
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replied on Nov 11, 2019
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Hi,

BCG online test is quite similar to PST in nature, thus you can find free samples on the internet, and I believe preplounge also offers samples of this test as well. I would advise you not to overengineer the preparation for these tests and rather pay more attention to the preparation for the case interviews, which require more time to crack.

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Deniz

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Luca
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replied on Feb 04, 2021
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Hello,

I have had the chance to follow several candidates taking this test and I have written (together with them) a detailed guide on how to successfully approach Imbellus test.


The guide includes:

  • Detailed hands-on strategy to ace the Imbellus
  • Excel model with an algorithm to solve the first scenario
  • Hands-on example and practical tips to crack the game

On top of that, you will receive an interesting paper on Imbellus valuation metrics and a coupon code for a session with your purchase!

Feel free to text me if you are interested. You can find a screenshot of the excel model below.

Best,
Luca

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Clara
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replied on Jun 10, 2020
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Hello!

To add on top of what has been said, the best is to practice, practice, practice!

In concrete, with tests, so you can also time yourself, get used to the format, etc.

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 (https://gmat.economist.com/)

The key to success here is not only get practice, but learn techniques.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous replied on Jun 04, 2020

Agree with Antonello

Best,

André

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Vlad
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replied on Nov 12, 2019
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Hi,

The key question is - what is your current score with the official PST?

Do one full case from the mck website in 60 min. Check your score. The target score is 22 out of 26 correct. If you do 17-18 correct you have great chances to improve it quite fast. If lower - it will take a couple of months

If your score is high:

  • Buy Victor Cheng test prep program - best materials I've seen so far. Works also for express prep.
  • Practice your math. Learn how to multiply double digit numbers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndkkPZYJHo). Learn the division table up to 1/11 (i.e. 5/6 = 83.3). Learn how to work with zeros (E.g.: 4000000 = 4*10ˆ6)
  • Do the 2nd test and check the score

If your score is low you need fundamental prep:

  1. Understand where you have problems (Math, speed, critical reasoning)
  2. Work on them:
  • PST-like tests available online, GMAT IR part with the proper time tracking - for speed and math issues
  • GMAT CR and IR parts - for critical reasoning issues
  • Speed reading if English is not your native language and you need to improve the speed

Best,

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