Can the problem solving test be waived if GMAT is high?

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New answer on Jul 26, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 23, 2020

Hi All,

I was wondering if the (PST) test at MBB can be waived if someone has a high GMAT score. If so, what's considered high? I had a friend who recruited to McKinsey during his MBA and did not have to sit the PST, but he was not sure why (he did not attend any events, but had a 740 GMAT).

Thanks for the help!

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Francesco
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replied on Jul 23, 2020
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Hi there,

Personally I have never heard of such case.

Moreover McKinsey is using more and more the Imbellus instead of the PST. The Imbellus is more likely to be sent to a large set of candidates since it is easier to manage for HR, thus less likely to lead to exceptions on skipping it.

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Clara
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Hello!

Unfortunately, big NO to that.

A good GMAT for sure is a positive hint, but does not suffice.

Furthermore, GMAT would be normally only useful for business school, nothing else.

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Clara

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Anonymous updated the answer on Jul 23, 2020

Dear A,

Unfortunately no, especially that McKinsey more and more implements Imbellus test, which is mandatory.

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André

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Ian
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Hi there,

Unfortunately not! Regardless, you really should prepare for all scenarios in an interview...never expect/hope to get an "easier" interview!

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Anonymous B replied on Jul 24, 2020

Hi A, I'm pretty sure McK doesn't send PSTs to b-school students for the associate position.

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This is an office by office based requirement, not dependent on any other scores you have

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