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What are the differences between BCG potential test with McKinsey PST?

Ben asked on Aug 28, 2018 - 2 answers
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I want to know the details of the different aspects from BCG potential test compare with McKinsey PST.

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Hi Ben,

Both BCG and McK tests are similar: there are 4 stories with a pack of analysis attached. It includes graph analysis part, calculations, synthesis for each story. However recently BCG started using GMAT-like questions in their test.

To be honest, if you pass McKinsey PST, you will definitely pass BCG test. This works vice versa as well. For specific exapmles of BCG and McK tests you can use the following link:


McK: =0

Not necessarily true - I passed BCG’s with flying colors whilst failed McK’s. I think McK’s is considerably harder due to multiple different “stories” that we need to understand, whilst BCG’s is a long continuous story that just builds on. So for the latter I dont have to reset my mind and start from scratch, its a lot easier. Also for BCG in my country we are allowed to use calculator, whilst its not the case with McK — Anonymous A on Oct 31, 2019

Hey Ben, — Anonymous B on Dec 12, 2019

Where do you have the dropbox files from, is it freely available on the website or is it insider data for which one would normally pay ? Thanks a lot — Daniel on Dec 12, 2019

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Hi Ben,

I worked at BCG until recently

If you like, just write me and we can have a call

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