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Hello to everyone,

Could you, please, tell me how better to prepare for PST test? What else to read or practice.

What tests to buy and where?

What I have read and done (or do regularly):

1.Read almost all information regarding PST on mckinsey.com.

2.Done 2 of 3 free tests from mckinsey.com.

3.Done all free PST tests that are available in Internet.

4.Read and listened texts and videos on Victor Changs site, on fless, on preplounge, on mconsultingprep and igotoffer.

5.Bought Deluxe Mental Math and Math Guide Toolkit (caseinterview) - useful, but not so much..

6.Bought Consulting Math package (4 in 1) on mconsultingprep.com. Find it pretty useful. Done Short Cases,Plain Number and Chart Base questions (also on time). Practice full cases.

7.Bought Key to PST and Second Key to PST - there are some interesting tips about all stages of interview, but I would not say the same about PST..Plus one PST-like test.

8.Bought a set of 70 questions and 5 tests on mconsultingprep.com.

9.Bought and done 2 tests on preplounge.com

Last two resources are good, but have mistakes in tests.

10. Practiced some SHL tests on jobtestprep.co.uk

11. Practiced GMAT questions on The Economist.com

12. Read articles on Harvard Business Review, Mckinsey.com , The Economist and others.

13. Studied all needed business terms

14. Do math on caseinterview.com, preplounge.com and on phone aplication

I would be very gratefull for answers!

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Vlad replied on 12/06/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

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. 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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Guennael replied on 12/08/2018
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You seem to do everything right, starting by preparing thoroughly. If you haven't already, you need to figure out where you make mistakes - I bet there will be one or two types of questions that give you more trouble than others. Once you know which they are, you will know where to focus your attention. And as Vlad said, 21 or 22 is what you need -> no point in going for perfection

V replied on 12/12/2018

Hello to everyone!

Thanks for advices!

Have found my week points and work on them.

Does anybody have Victor Cheng test prep program?

I am ready to buy one test/exchange it with other material I have.

In addition to all written, I have also tests from igotanoffer.com

Would be very grateful for answers!

Best regards,

V

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Astrid replied on 12/07/2018

Hi V,

thanks for asking your question on our Consulting Q&A!

It's great to see how dedicated you are and that you are taking full advantage of what PrepLounge and other sites have to offer.

You mentioned mistakes in our PSTs. Could you please send us your feedback to contact@preplounge.com (you can also send me a PM)? We would really appreciate it as we are continuously trying to improve our prep material!

Best of luck and keep on rocking the rest of your case prep!

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