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Online Assessments

MBB and other management consulting firms often use online assessments to screen a large number of applicants before the interview stage. These assessments help identify which applicants share traits with successful consultants. Many offices have now phased-out traditional assessments, such as the McKinsey Problem Solving Test or BCG Potential Test, and are instead using gamified assessments. This is to test candidates’ interpersonal and cognitive skills better, as well as to make the pre-interview stage more fun and unpredictable for applicants.

To help you prepare, we break down the “why” behind the assessment, explain how each test works, and give tips on how to be ready for each assessment type. Our Prepmatter Online Assessment Package includes comprehensive guides for all 4 of the McKinsey, BCG and Bain assessment models.

What is included?

McKinsey Problem Solving Game
McKinsey PSG is a digital gamified assessment designed to evaluate candidates’ abilities holistically. The online game involves two parts, and candidates are asked to play one game in each part. In part I, candidates play either Ecosystem Creation (Coral Reef) or Ecosystem Creation (Mountain Ridge); in part II, candidates play Plant Defense, Disaster Management, or Disease Management. We lay out exactly how the PSG works, with publicly-available and remastered in-game visuals, a host of tips to crack the games, and provide you with the best guide available on how to prepare.
 
The McKinsey Online Assessment i.e., Problem Solving Game or “Imbellus” is intended to assess a candidate based on:
 
·    Systemic thinking - Being aware of cause and effect relationships and how they will influence potential consequences.
·    Situational awareness - Being mindful of current conditions weighing on a situation and deducing likely outcomes.
·    Decision making - Being able to determine the best course of action given a variety of options and variables.
·    Metacognition - The ability to capture and process large amounts of information.
·    Critical thinking - Critical thinking requires a questioning mindset and involves weighing information from a variety of sources and coming to logical conclusions.
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Bain and BCG Pymetrics Test
Rolled out by BCG, Bain, and other leading firms, the Pymetrics Test uses 12 mini-games to assess interpersonal traits such as risk tolerance, focus, fairness, and attention. To prepare you, we offer a sneak peek of what the test looks like, what recruiters are looking for, and a range of tips so that you can demonstrate the target set of characteristics.
 
Traits the Bain and BCG Pymetrics Test is Designed to Assess 9 Traits:
 
·    Decision making - BCG and Bain online assessments look for rock-solid decision-making skills.
·    Attention - Managing incoming information and distractions.
·    Focus - Getting to the bottom of vexing business problems takes laser focus.
·    Emotional intelligence - Communication, collaboration, empathy and other human traits are becoming increasingly important for business consultants.
·    Effort - Top-level business consultants need to give their all at all times.
·    Risk assessment - The best business consultants push the envelope but also know when to stop.
·    Fairness – Treating people equally and making unbiased judgments.
·    Generosity – Helping others succeed without expecting anything in return.
·    Learning - Observing situations and learning from feedback to improve performance.
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BCG Online Case Assessment (Chatbot)
Many BCG offices recently shifted to the Online Case Assessment (Chatbot) to better simulate the "real-life" case experience, which is the most ideal way to assess candidates’ core consulting skills. We break down the format, as well as provide a Prepmatter Chatbot case, potential scenarios, presentation expectations and tips so that you can ace the assessment.
 
The following are some things you can expect from the BCG Online Case Assessment (Chatbot).
 
·    The chatbot case will be interviewer-led.
·    You will be given 1 case and asked up to 10 questions related to each case.
·    Questions are fill-in, short answer or multiple choice. You will not be able to go back and change answers.
·    At the end of the case, you will have a chance to record a video giving your recommendation to the client.
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BCG Potential Test

The BCG Potential Test is a variation of the same assessment used in many other management consulting firms, such as the SOVA assessment at Bain, or the Problem Solving Test at McKinsey, as a way to evaluate candidates' numerical, logical, and reasoning skills. The objective is to lower the company's recruiting expenditures by reducing the number of candidates who are considered worthy of a face-to-face interview. A candidate who fails the BCG Potential Test in these areas is likely to fail a case interview anyhow, which would be a huge waste of time and money for the organisation.
Included in your BCG Potential Test guide are 4 best-in-class 23-question sample online assessments that are carefully crafted by former BCG consultants and give you the best opportunity to familiarize yourself and prepare for the test.
 
The Potential Test is accessible in two formats: computerised and paper-based; which format is used is determined by the local office. The key difference between both (apart from the fact that one is virtual and the other is physical) is that the candidate has 45 minutes to answer 23 questions on the computer-based Potential Test. The applicant has 50 minutes to answer 53 questions on the paper Potential Test. The computer-based test has questions on a single instance, but the paper test has questions about multiple separate cases. You will, however, be examined mathematically with numerical problems and logically with data interpretation and comprehension questions in both assessments.
 
Important note: This examination has been largely phased out by BCG, as they aim to go towards the chatbot or pymetrics evaluation.

 

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