Bain/BCG Pymetrics Test: How to Prepare?

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 27, 2018

Has anyone taken the new pymetrics test? There are lot of things being assessed by these consulting firms such as Bain and Accenture. While it is noted that there is no ‘right or wrong’ answer. I believe there are certain traits that appeal to them more from a cognitive, emotional, and social perspective. I know it can’t be gamed necessarily but I’m still curious if there is any guide on what matters more to be a fit at a firm like Bain

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replied on Nov 05, 2020
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Not only in the German offices, this is pretty common - I did something very similar with Bain myself back in the day-.

I would strongly recomment you practice it with the Integrated Reasoning part of the GMAT exam.

There are free exams in the internet that you can use for practice (the one of LBS MBA page, Verits prep, as well as some free trials for courses such as the one of The Economist (

The (old) McKinsey PST, BCG Online Test, Bain SOVA test, etc. are all quite similar so leverage resources across all of them.

Hope it helps!



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replied on Nov 05, 2020
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A few goos resources on this can be found here:

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replied on Nov 07, 2020
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Pymetrics is the test that not only Bain but in some offices use.

It's a kind of psychology/ psychometric driven test where your cognitive treats are tested. So the following aspects like your attention, how fast you make a decision, what is your risk tolerance, your judgment. Just an example, you will be shown different colored balloons, and when a green balloon is popped up, you do nothing and when the red balloon is popped up you press Enter, randomly these balloons will be popped up to see whether you would be able to focus. it's like 2-3 minutes games and 10-15 min depending on the test conducted in this kind of test.

There is no specific preparation required. It's a game test.

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Anonymous replied on Nov 12, 2018

Hi there,

interesting to see that these tests are rolling out. These are quite new (at least at Bain, don't know about Accenture), so I think even for the companies themselves it is still a testing phase where they are learning how useful and accurate these tests can be. Although they do attempt to map out psychological traits, there is of course not a 'standard model' of who you should be. Companies using those are probably themselves trying to understand what are the traits that can predict a good consultant.

Now some types of questions in there do score you on e.g. how good your memory or reactivity is (like some of those computer games that give you your 'brain age'). You can probably become better at them by playing those kind of game/tests, but in my opinion that will not be the best use of your time. If you want to 'game' part of the process, probably best to practice cases and quantitative tests ;)

So bottom line, and as you mention, it's not really something where you'll be right or wrong, and moreover it's not something that will really count vs. interviews and quant tests. Hope this helps a bit!

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Anonymous C replied on Nov 30, 2020

Hey there,

did you take the test? Cause I received an invitation for as well and wanted to know if you could tell me more about your experience

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