Hi, everyone. As part of McKinsey's "Early Access" 2021 pre-MBA program, I ended up taking McKinsey's Problem Solving Game, the Imbellus Test. Given McKinsey stating that "(...) all MBA candidates interviewing for Summer Associate positions in North American offices will play the game this fall, so taking it now puts you a step ahead during this busy time", I played the game casually and simply to get a flavour of what to expect in a few months, finishing in far less time than allocated. (Emphasis mine.)
However, I am now hearing that we will only have the opportunity to play the Imbellus Test once, even if it was part of McKinsey's Early Access. If so, this was never made clear in any of McKinsey's communications, such that the common notion that "any experiences during the early-MBA programs are non-predictive of the fall-recruiting cycle" was completely violated.
Imagine getting into a top school, taking a loan and budgeting hundreds of thousands of dollars, and then getting rejected by McKinsey because of a f*cking videogame.