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Hi all, I am having an upcoming assessment day in a german speaking office.

I was wondering if anyone can share their experience with Berger:

- what kind of analytical test are they using (it's apparently an "online test")? how to prepare best for it?

- what kind of brainteasers to expect (I was not aware that b.teasers are still in use?!)

- how to prepare for case presentation ("Case presentation & discussion in front of consultants"), it is not a group case? what to focus on?

- how different are the cases vs BCG/McK? in content? interviewee or interviewer lead?

Any input is greatly appreciated, I will be posting about my experience when done.

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Vlad replied on 03/17/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

I recommend using the following sources to train math and critical reasoning:

Fast math skills

  • Rounding up and down
  • Learn how to multiply double digit numbers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndkkPZYJHo)
  • Learn the division table up to 1/11 (i.e. 5/6 = 83.3)
  • Learn how to work with zeros using powers (e.g.: 4000000 = 4*10ˆ6)

Use math tools (Mimir math for iOS), Math tool on Viktor Cheng website to practice

Math and Critical reasoning

  • GMAT test CR, IR and quant parts (Official guide and Manhattan prep)
  • Refresh basic topics like statistics, probabilities etc (Any GMAT or MBA prep guides)
  • Try Mckinsey practice tests to train speed
  • Try PST like tests from the web

Best!

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Sidi replied on 03/17/2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at both firms | Privately helped 30+ candidates secure MBB offers!

Hi Anonymous,

my thoughts on two of your 4 elements:

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A) Analytical Test:

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When I did the test at Roland Berger several years back, it was a classical IQ test, consisting of different parts. Not sure if still identical, but this is how it looked like:


1. Verbal Part
1.1 Complete incomplete sentences
1.2 Analogies (Hat:Head --> Shoe:?)
1.3 Finding categories (6 items are given, can be clubbed into 3 categries)

2. Numerical Part
2.1 Mental math, solving equations
2.2 Complete number sequences
2.3 Fill operators into given equations

3. Figural Part
3.1 put together disassembled figures
3.2 Turn dices
3.3 Matrices

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B) Cases vs. MBB

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Roland Berger tends to ask more questions relating to sector or functional expertise (given that usually people need to apply to a certain practice at RB). Hence, the cases tend to be more technical and less conceptual, compared to McKinsey and BCG. However, you still need rigorous structuring and ability to hypothesize on the grounds of incomplete information.

Cheers, Sidi

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