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McKinsey SHL Test



I have been invited to do the CBE - SHL online test (numerical and verbal reasoning) instead of the PST. Has anyone recently done this test and any tipps on the test itself or the best way to prepare?

Many thanks in advance!


Francesco replied on 09/20/2017
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Hi Christian,

as you mentioned, the McKinsey SHL test is normally divided in two areas:

  • Verbal: 30 questions, 19 minutes to solve them. This is designed to assess logical, verbal and comprehension skills.
  • Numerical: 18 questions, 25 minute to solve them. This is designed to assess your analysis and graph interpretation skills

The best way to prepare is to practice on several tests, understand why you are making mistakes on a particular area and work to improve that particular area. You can find at the link below some free tests for the numerical and verbal part (there are several more available online):


Below you can also find some suggestions on general test preparation:


Hope this helps,


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