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What is the cut-off rate at the BCG potential test?

Milan

Hi,

I have a quick question concerning the percentage rate you need to have in order to pass the BCG potential test: I have heard that if you drop below a certain level it does not matter whether you performed well during the case interviews. Is that true? Or is it just another parameter they take into account when evaluating your overall performance? Thanks for your answers!

Milan

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Vlad replied on 01/22/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

You'll never know the exact number since there is a range of factors that influence the cut-off:

  • Country (office)
  • Role (Associate, consultant)
  • Economic cycle / hiring needs

Best,

Andrea
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replied on 01/24/2018
I am a former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews conducted and 8 years interviewing experience

Rather high. Never seen someone above the cutoff not being invited.

Andrea
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replied on 01/22/2018
I am a former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews conducted and 8 years interviewing experience

The potential test is used as one of the parameters for the selection process. It is used both to rank-order candidates and as a "soft" cutoff rate.

By soft I mean that it can be overriden by interviewing partners. Unfortunately can't share thresholds.

Andrea

Milan replied on 01/23/2018

Just to clarify: There is a cut-off but in case one performs exceptionally well you might still get a pass. On the other hand, even if you perform above the cut-off rate you might not get to the next round depending on how well you performed.

Then I still ask myself whether this cut-off is rather low (i.e. 40-50% and then you basically still need to be better but you wouldn't get kicked out automatically) or rather high (80-90%, so when you score above that it just depends on your case interview performance)?!

Andrea
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replied on 01/22/2018
I am a former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews conducted and 8 years interviewing experience

Just to confirm. Cutoff is fixed, exceptions need to be justified.

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