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How hard are GMAT-type tests applied at Bain and BCG before interviewing?

Antonio asked on Aug 04, 2017

Hello to everyone,

Before anything thanks for your help. During the next month I´ll be applying at BCG and Bain & Company for a roles as Associate Consultant Intern. Recruiting department has notified that before attending to interviews I´ll have a GMAT-type test (Problem Solving section) that will determine my participation in interviews.

I will kindly appreciate if anyone from her can tell me about their experience with these tests. How hard are the problems? Are the questions of the easy type? Prep material?

Many thanks.

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Hi Antonio,

I don't have experience about Bain, but I can talk for BCG.

- DIFFICULTY:

Quite challenging, however you don't have to make it 100% right in order to pass. The most important thing is to pay attention to time management.

- SUGGESTED PREP MATERIAL:

1) Keeping your math trained with GMAT exercises is always a good idea. Free resourced can be found online, for example:
http://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam/prepare-for-the-gmat-exam/test-prep-materials/free-gmat-prep-software.aspx

2) Also tests that usually are for investment banks (with graphs analysis) are a useful. Free resourced can be found online, for example:
https://www.tptests.com/Candidate/practice/Instructions

3) Official BGC Potential test examples: https://www.bcg.com/careers/path/consulting/practice-interview-cases.aspx

Many thanks for your prompt response Sara. I´ll check the resources that you´ve pointed out. I decided to buy The Office for GMAT Review 2017, I hope it will be useful for MBB and in the future for my MBA application. — Antonio on Aug 08, 2017

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