Similarity between Bain & BCG tests

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 09, 2019

Hi, can someone explain how similar or dissimilar the types of questions are in the online tests given by BCG and Bain?

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Anonymous replied on Aug 10, 2019

Bain doesn't have a global test, so this will vary by geography. Different offices have also been trialling different types of test recently so it's really hard to say. Generally though they are standard "quantitative" tests that are either similar to the GMAT or to a standard SHL test - https://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests. The test could also have a verbal reasoning section.

BCG also has different test types. In London they have a standard "quantitative reasoning test" wihch is very similar to GMAT Problem Solving questions. They also have a "BCG Potential Test" which is much more of a "full length case" with a number of questions to answer. Some will be quantitative, others will be about applying judgement, critical reasoning and reading comprehension. In this sense it is much more similar to a McKinsey PST (although the PST is still adminstered on paper while the Potential Test is an online test.

Hope that was somewhat helpful!

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Anonymous A on Aug 10, 2019

Many thanks, Alessandro. For Bain, what types of GMAT questions should one prepare for?

Anonymous on Aug 11, 2019

It depends but the questions change every year. Worth looking at the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT in particular, as well as Problem Solving Questions - but you can probably skip any questions on exponents / number properties