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McKinsey PST Instructions

(Consider your answer to each question carefully, as accuracy is important as well as amount completed.)

  • The test contains 1 business case.  The case has two “teams”, each with five questions, making a total of ten questions in the test.
  • Ensure that you read the background to the case carefully.
  • The questions are multiple choice.  You must select one correct answer for each question.
  • Mark your answer by circling it on the answer sheet provided.
  • Ensure that you are using the correct answer sheet for the particular case you are working on.
  • Calculators are allowed in this test.  Paper is provided for workings out.
  • You have 45 minutes to complete this test.

McKinsey PST Overview

In this McKinsey PST (Problem Solving Test), you are being asked to answer ten questions about a business case. You have 45 minutes to complete the test.

PSTs are meant to test how you approach problem solving and how well you can size up a situation.

McKinsey PST Tips

Unlike case interviews, you can use a calculator in Problem Solving Tests. Use that to your advantage!

Pro tip: the answer key is at the end of the Problem Solving Test. Score yourself and see how you well you did. The target score is typically 70% or better.

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