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Do applicants for an internship with McKinsey have to do an analytic test?

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Francesco replied on 06/12/2017
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Hi Anonymous,

as mentioned in the previous posts – yes, you would have to do an analytical test for an internship at McKinsey. As a side note on the test, in some countries McKinsey stopped to use PST and moved to an SHL-type test. I would recommend therefore to verify with HR which kind of test you will have to do in order to prepare properly.



Tyrion Lannister replied on 06/05/2017

Dear Anonymous A,

In general, if your office requires a Problem Solving Test for full-time hires, then it will also require the Test for internship candidates.

It should be mentioned that there are some McKinsey offices around the world that do not require the Problem Solving Test for full-time hires, and subsequently, may not require it for internship candidates. That said, my limited understanding on this matter is that those offices that do not require the Test are quite few and quite far between.

The solid advice is that you if you wish to intern at McKinsey, you must prepare to take this Test. Diligent and customised study is crucial to pass this most challenging of examinations.

Check out this link for a fun perspective on the Test (see below)

All the very best to you!


replied on 06/05/2017
Former McK / Interviewed 100+ candidates at McK / Specialist McK interviews


Yes, the interview process for an internn is exactly the same process as for a business analyst. in general:


- 1st round - 2 interviews (difference - does not exist, same profile of interviewers)

- 2nd round - 2 interviews (difference - not necessarily partners in this case but at least Associate Partners)

The real difference is in the debrief session. If there is doubts when debriefing for a BA,, he is most probably not hired (or has a 3rd interview in the round). For an intern, there is a bit more flexibility (if there is doubts McK can still hire him for the internship)



Vlad replied on 06/05/2017
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School


Yes, PST is mandatory for interns. Moreover, the target score can be even higher than for associates. So do you best to prepare


William replied on 06/07/2017


replied on 05/23/2017
Ex-Bain consultant who cracked interviews at McK, BCG, Bain

Hi there! Not sure about the current hiring practices, but I needed the PST test for my internship back in 2012.

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