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Is there a Bain test equivalent to the McKinsey PST and BCG Potential Test?

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Hi all,

Just want to ask the question in the title as juding from the information garnered from this site, it seems like no one has asked this yet?

Thanks in advance!

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Vlad replied on 09/26/2017
McKinsey / Accenture / More than 300 real MBB cases / Collected all Big 3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Bain only has a written case. Though it's not a test, it has somehow similar in nature to McKinsey PST. Basically, it has 2 parts:

  • Case information you have to go through
  • Slides with missing info you have to complete

Since each question in a written case has an exact correct answer, the success criteria is the number of questions answered correctly.

The best way to prepare is the following:

  1. Prepare both McKinsey and BCG type tests - it helps
  2. Check if the calculator is allowed. If not - you have to train mental math. I posted the main tips here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/tips-to-do-big-multiplications-in-my-mind-726#a1422
  3. Prepare for a regular case interview - it helps a lot. Basically, prep lounge website is about it
  4. Practice reading cases fast and prioritizing the information. I found useful two sources:
  • Written cases you'll be able to find in google or in case books. I've seen a couple in "Vault Guide to the Case Interview" and "Insead Business Admission Test"
  • Harvard cases - either buy or try to find online. You can find a couple of MIT cases here for free: https://mitsloan.mit.edu/LearningEdge/Pages/Case-Studies.aspx Unfortunately free cases don't have the prep questions.

Good luck!

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Mariana replied on 09/26/2017

Hi!

In Brazil there is a test prior to the interviews. It is similar to BCG potential test and is divided in two parts:

1. GMAT questions (CR, PS, DS)

2. Business sense - charts, tables, exhibits, graphs, etc. Lots of data to be interpreted (one type per question).

It is very extensive and has overall the same level of difficulty as BCG and McKinsey tests.

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