Would I have to take the McKinsey PST if i'm from a US target school?

McKinsey PST target school
New answer on Aug 25, 2019
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 24, 2019

Hi, I have been hearing a lot about the McKinsey PST online but I never saw this on the McKinsey campus recruiting website or heard about it from people at my school. The only person I asked was a summer intern who got recruited for fulltime, so I may be missing something, but I will be applying for a full-time, pre-MBA position and I was wondering if the McKinsey PST is given to every candidate - esp if you're from a US target school. Any ideas?

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replied on Aug 24, 2019
McKinsey Business Analyst | 3+ years Experience | MBA at LBS


The PST is part of the standard recruiting process of McKinsey, so if it enforced in US, you would definitely have to do it, even though you are from a target school.

However, in a few countries (I don't know if it is the same in US as well) the PST has been substituted with a much easier online test. Maybe that could be the reason why you haven't heard about it.

The test is made of a part of "true/false/can't say with the provided data" part (basically a few questions with 5 lines each and a statement that you have to say to be true/false/not inferable) and a math part with graph understanding, currency changes, tables, ...

If you are not sure about the presence of PST, I would definitely suggest you to directly contact the HR and directly ask them. Don't be shy to contact the HR in advance, they are always happy to answer questions from their candidates and see them better prepared to become possible consultants. It would be seen as a sign of interest and much appreciated from their side :)

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replied on Aug 25, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


For pre-MBA it doesn't really matter whether the school is target or not you still have to write a PST. However, some offices are experimenting with replacing PST.


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