PWC consulting online tests

20 November 2010 - 11:10am

I took the online tests for PWC management consulting scheme and to my surprise I got a message that my application was rejected.

The surprising thing is that I have always passed this kind of tests before - for both consulting and IB -
Apart from numerical and logical, there were two other tests - student talent and personality (204 questions) - both had totally rubbish questions.

Anyone can tell me what's the pass mark for the tests? and do the personality tests matter in the decision? I was quite a loss at answering some of those questions, especially when you have to tick what "least" and what "most" applies to you because often all of them applied but i still needed to select one for the "least" silly!

your views would be greatly appreciated.



Latest comments

  • 18 March 2012 - 10:37am
    • LMR

    If this helps you I was speaking with a PWC recruiter and was informed that the personality test is not assessed in relation to a consulting application.

  • 18 March 2011 - 9:29pm
    • macaulnj

    failed PWC also, passed IBM, Deloitte etc

    ... I think it's the personality questions catching a lot of people out

  • 11 March 2011 - 3:19pm
    • Garethgc

    I thought I would add to the comments here and also note my surprise at failing the PWC online tests. I passed similar tests at other firms, for example at Oliver Wyman, and I ultimately accepted an offer at Bain. I do wonder whether PWC are missing out on some good people...

  • 21 February 2011 - 9:05pm
    • nodaythesame


    I had the same thing as the original post, passed online tests for many companies before but got rejected by PWC.

    I thought I had at least a shot for the next stage as it was for a regional office.

    The feedback was dreadful, stating that my kind of test result meant I wouldn't be able to pass the kinds of exams I would face, (lol, let's ignore all of my application form then).

    The further feedback page on the website asks you to question if you have the required skills but when you don't get past online testing then how is this of any use whatsoever?

    I'm going to force some feedback out of this bunch and I will probably ignore the rule of no more applications for 6 months (did that with Deloitte and got through to first interview on second application in 2 months, fools).

  • 22 January 2011 - 8:11pm
    • ashm

    Hello All,

    I have recently started to look for jobs in consultancy, after having completed my MBA a year ago from a prestigious institute (albeit, outside UK).

    I am currently looking into the opportunities at PWC and have also registered for a their next Insight day. As you all have at least reached the stage of online tests, could you please guide me as to how you applied for those and how did you all start with your job hunt in consultancy?

    Any help will be much appreciated.


    P.S. I am posting on this thread, as this is the closest I have seen to PWC opportunities and hope to draw on your experience so far. Please excuse me, if this is the wrong thread to post.

  • 18 January 2011 - 3:24pm
    • theia eirini

    where have you been when I needed you :) to what other companies have you applied for ??

  • 28 November 2010 - 11:56pm
    • lorchii

    so if u get no instant email does that mean you failed?

    ughh that personality one was just awful. Maybe im schizo, but I really felt like it didn't get my personality across cause alot of the times I was "most" to all of em....i kinda find too u find yourself in a rut, like not creative, and for fear of being contradictory, you almost have to stick with it! oops :(

    so no feed back, no interview??

  • 27 November 2010 - 1:08pm
    • buheatsu

    I am not sure if the questions for consulting and assurance are the same, I have only got one question. It is about picking your own favourite client and stating that how PwC can help them.

    There will be no report after the test ssaying that how much u have scored... I guess that is an automatically email from the system, inviting you to the next stage if u have meet the minimum requirement of the test. Btw, I have been to the careers event held by PwC in my uni. The representative said that they will combone the score of the four tests. If u reach a certain %, then u are in... so better be prepared for all test :)

    Good luck for ur test =]

  • 25 November 2010 - 1:58am
    • shaha

    Hey guys, I have got invited to take the online tests but just wondering what the application questions which come next are like? I have applied for assurance april 2011 intake. Are there many questions or just one question like in the previous application process? Can you remember any specific questions in the application after the tests?

    Also, did you guys receive a report after you cleared the tests or know how much you scored in these tests? I am quite nervous about the numerical tests. I would really appreciate your help :)

  • 22 November 2010 - 9:08pm
    • iceandwater

    hey thanks for the reply...

    in fact, this is something new in the pwc recruitment process... i sincerely doubt the relevance of these personality tests at this stage since anyone can fake their personalities if they want to...

    having said that, i'm not going to apply to pwc consulting anymore since it seems a pure waste of time...

    especially the 204 questions on what is most and what is least's total crap...even though i knew what the intention behind it was, i still found it absolutely inevitable not to contradict myself here and there... i guess this is probably the purpose as well just to filter out candidates...
    oh well....... good for them!

    all the best for your phone interview....:))

  • 22 November 2010 - 6:55pm
    • buheatsu

    Hi there,

    I have applied to the management consulting (internship) and have done the test. I am not sure about the passing mark of the test, but I am sure that the presonality test as well as the other test (those asking you wt you will do when this situation happens) will count as well.

    I realised that the questions in the personality test keep repeating themselves (like instead of asking you "are u creative", they ask u like "do u always come up with interesting ideas". I think that is one of the way to test whether u are contradicting yourself.

    Luckily I have passed my test and did the questions in the next stage of the selection process. I am gonna have phone interview next week... getting a bit worry now :(

    Hope that helps :')