is PST must for MBA graduates?

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Anonymous A asked on Jun 10, 2020

is it a must to do Mckinsey PST and BCG Potential test for MBA? or in some offices you just start with cases? and do you think PST and Potential test are harder than cases? Thanks

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Clara
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replied on Jun 11, 2020
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Hello!

First things first, PST is now mostly substituted by Imbellus in most locations.

Some points about Imbellus:

  • It's a gamified test
  • Divided into 2 games, 1h to complete both of them:
    • 1st one is a game about keeping an ecosystem balanced
    • 2nd one is a defense game

It´s fun and there is not really a "way" to prep for it.

My advise would be to be fresh when you do it and pick a right enviroment -during my BCG test in their office there was construction in the patio and the screen was even shaking-.

Then, regarding whether it is or not compulsory, again depends:

  • Geographies
  • Business schools (target vs. non target)
  • Special recruiting programs (ie., if you come from certain recruiting programs that have a selection process before hand, you "save" the test)

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

Thank you Clara

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Hi there,

you may or may not have to do the tests according to the office you are applying to. Moreover:

  • In many countries the McKinsey PST has been replaced with the Imbellus test
  • In some countries McKinsey requires to do an SHL test

Both the PST and the Potential Test are relatively difficult. If you have to do any of them the best thing is to prepare on examples of similar tests, you can find one I personally created for the Potential Test at the following link:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/shop/tests-2/bcg-potential-test-1-13

Best,

Francesco

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Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

No, the McKinsey PST is not a must. As far as I remember there is no overall specific global rule for that, but usually the PST is oftenly used for non-business and/or non-quantitative backgrounds.

The PST is not simple given also the time pressure you have, but it's not rocket science either - it's mainly a matter of diligent preparation, nothing else. If you need help on that, let me know and we can arrange a session to detail out a game plan for you to successfully tackle the PST. Before that however, clarify with your HR contact at McKinsey if you will have that at all!

Hope this helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Anonymous A on Jun 10, 2020

Thank you.

Antonello
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Hi, it depends on the office, on your GMAT and on the referral you have. Very often if your application is accelerated by a consultant you can skip directly to the first round.

About the McK test, most of the offices have left the PST and they use SHL or Imbellus test.

Best,
Antonello

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Luca
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Hello,

It depends on the office, but it could be avoided especially if you have a good GMAT result. It could be anyway replaced by a gamified test, Imbellus. Feel free to write me if you want more information on that test.

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Luca

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

Thanks

Anonymous replied on Jun 11, 2020

Hi,

No. Not at all.

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André

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

Thank you Andre

Vlad
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Hi,

It's not required. Moreover, PST is replaced with Imbellus in many countries. But still not required for MBAs

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

Thanks

Ian
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Hi there,

It is definitely not a must (I didn't do it). However, it doesn't hurt to check with HR / your school recruiter!

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

Thanks

Anonymous replied on Jun 10, 2020

Hello,

In the Dubai office, the McK PST is not needed from MBA students coming from target schools (ie. INSEAD, HEC, etc.)

Hope this helps

Khaled

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Anonymous A on Jun 10, 2020

Thanks.

Anonymous replied on Jun 10, 2020

Hi,

it's not mandatory

David

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Anonymous A on Jun 10, 2020

Thanks.

Clara gave the best answer

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