Mckinsey PST and other Consulting tests

Anonymous A asked on Mar 26, 2018 - 5 answers

I am curious. I have heard from a couple of people that the PST and other tests aren't administered if an individual has a GMAT score above 700.

Is this true at the Pre-MBA level (i.e. after undergrad), OR Is this only true at the Post-MBA for those applying as Associates?

I guess I'm curious to know if there are any scenarios where an Individual can skip these tests and have an interview scheduled from the off? Thanks.


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Anonymous replied on Mar 26, 2018


@Community and Mina: I fell the need to correct your information as it is highly inaccurate on two dimensions.

firs, masters degree in most of the countries just give access to BA position (not associate), the few exceptions are some EscandinĂ¡via countries! Only MBA gives access to Associate role in most of the countries worldwide.

second, the requirement for doing PST or not is not, as I stated before, as straightforward as you suggest: there are some people who is exempted to do PST even if applying to BA (very few exceptions but exist), and on the other hand most of experienced hires who apply as Associates still need to do the PST.

i feel it’s really impetrant to guarantee that people are not misinformed about this!



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Hi All,

I agree with Bruno: there is not a written rule regarding requirements for taking pre-interview tests. Nevertheless, MBB generally use written tests for entry-level candidates.
On the other side, I have personally gone through the McK recruiting process for a Senior Engagement Manager position (at a European office) very recently and I was not asked to take any test but I started straight with the case interviews. That is the general rule for experienced hires but exceptions might exist depending on geographies or your background (in my case I had previous consulting experience). You could confirm that by contacting the recruiting team of your target location.



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Hi there,

McKinsey does not require candidates applying to the Associate position to take the PST. To qualify to enter as an Associate, however, you typically need an MBA or several years of work experience in industry. If you are applying to McKinsey after your undergraduate degree, the firm would bring you in as a business analyst and require you to take a PST.

So essentially,

Undergradute degree-Business Analyst- PST required

Masters degree- Associate- PST not required

Thanks. This is almost similar what I heard but I guess the guys mixed up degrees and standardised tests. However, it seems Bruno thinks otherwise. So confilicting info. I assume by Masters you meant MBA, this was clear to me, and what's also clear is it seems GMAT has no bearing at any level. Thanks. — MA on Mar 26, 2018 (edited)

Wong answer. I have an MBA, high GMAT and I'm taking PST for an associate role. PST is an effective tool to screen out less promising applicants and save a ton of money on recruitment. — Nick on Mar 27, 2018

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Based on what I know:

  • Analysts have to write a test
  • Experienced Hire Associates may or may not write a test. It really depends on their tenure, however, there are no strict guidelines
  • MBA grads doing on-campus recruiting don't have to write a test (top schools)
  • MBA grads doing off-campus recruiting have to write a test
  • McKinsey case competition winners may not write a test. (In reality, they have to write a test but their results don't count. Or at least they are told so)


Anonymous replied on Mar 26, 2018

Hey anonymous,

Never heard of such thing in any McKinsey office! PST is (very) rarely waived and mostly due to participation in McKinsey organized case competitions or other official events before, not based on GMAT



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