Курс Подготовки к PST
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25.05.18 - 8.07.18

McKinsey Problem Solving Test:

A Race Against Time
What Is PST?
The Problem Solving Test (PST) was developed by McKinsey to shortlist candidates before interviews. The test is similar to GMAT (esp. Critical Reasoning, Quant, and Integrated Reasoning). It is taken at the McKinsey office, lasts 60 minutes, consists of 3 cases and 26 questions. The passing score is undisclosed, but as practice shows, ~19-20 out of 26 questions
will get you to the next round
Why Prepare?
Only ~20-30% of candidates pass the test. Lack of practice, time constraint/task overload, stress, distractions during the test - many factors can influence your poor result. The course will prepare you to think fast, find shortcuts, and see hidden traps. Analytics during the course will show you your strengths and weaknesses, while practice tests will prepare and train you for the real thing
Why With Fless?
We have been teaching PST since 2016 and over 30 of our alumni have successfully passed the test. The instructor of the course is an ex-McKinsey senior business analyst
Victor Rogulenko, who shares his knowledge on PST on YouTube.
Those who want guided practice, individual feedback and lots of materials are welcome to join the course
Dedicated online study group of 6-8 students and regular interactive video sessions with instructor will help you stay on track in your prep
There are certain hacks in all question types which will help you boost your score. You'll learn and practice them extensively
7 practice tests in class.
400+ questions for home assignments.
Personalised materials for further study after the course
Personalised progress reports every week with analysis of your strong/weak areas with advice on further steps
Practice PST in a timed environment
Stress and time constraints are the major obstacles in passing PST. Learn how to deal with them successfully. 7 out of 15 lessons of the course will be dedicated to real-time practice solving cases under time pressure
In-Person Experience, Delivered Online
Our online classes are interactive and dedicated to discussing homework and tests, sharing knowhow, and getting instructor's feedback on how to improve your solving efficiency. You will be challenged to participate
~500 Questions
Practice PST questions in 42 tests (7 will be held in class). All materials are shared through a professional grade virtual data room - one of those used by PE funds in their deals. No printable materials will be used for this course
75% success rate
3 out of 4 alumni who take PST after this course pass the PST. For comparison, only an estimated 30% of all McKinsey candidates pass it
Personalised perfomance-based feedback
Your performance is tracked vs current and past successful students and scrutinized by each question type. Improvement advice and extra materials available to match your unique needs
75 Hours
15 online classes totalling at 25 hours of discussions & practice and twice as much for homework. The course is super intense and we strongly suggest dedicating 7 weeks to studies.
But the result will be worth it
Victor Rogulenko
Instructor and Mentor
Developed the course based on his own consulting experience as well as experiences of dozens of students preparing for PST.

Passionate about learning and teaching, left McKinsey after 3 years at the Firm and dropped out of Stanford GSB to found Fless. Read this story to learn more.
Discover the course structure

Class #1
Introduction and course overview

Duration: 2 hours
Discussion topics: Acquaintance. Major difficulties of the test. General approach to solving the test. Traps to watch out for.
A 30-minute Q&A session and discussion of prep strategies.

Class #2
Practice PST test #1

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice

Class #3
Generic approach

Duration: 2 hours
Class structure:
- Discussion of the intro test
- Generic consultant's approach to dealing with information
- Time management techniques

Class #4
Premise 1 & Fact 1 Test

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice
Class #5
Premise 1 & Fact 1 Discussion

Duration: 2 hours
Class structure:
- Discussion of Premise/Fact
- Best / Least questions. Different types of selection criteria
- Math hacks for computation and exhibits
Class #6
Conclusion 1 & Last 13% Test

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice
Class #7
Conclusion 1 &
Last 13% Discussion

Duration: 2 hours
Class structure:
- Discussion of Conclusion/13%
- True vs False vs Unknown statements
- Principle of elimination
- Last 13% hacks
Class #8

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice
Class #9

Duration: 3 hours
Class structure:
- Discussion of midterm
- Assessment of individual strong/weak areas and advice for improvement
Class #10
Premise 2 & Fact 2 Test

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice

Class #11
Premise 2 & Fact 2

Duration: 2 hours
Class structure:
- Recap of Premise/Fact
- Tricky questions in Premise and Fact types
- Lazy computation
Class #12
Conclusion 2

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice

Class #13
Conclusion 2

Duration: 2-3 hours
Class structure:
- Recap of Conclusion
- Necessary and sufficient conditions

Class #14

Duration: 1 hour
Description: In-class test practice
Class #15
Final Test

Duration: 2-3 hours
Class structure:
- Discussion of the Final Test
- Assessment of individual readiness for the real test
- Advice for improvement
Progress Report
Feedback and recommendations

Analysis of strong/weak points, evaluation of the probability of success on the PST test based on data from alumni.
Example of the report in FAQ


May 25 – July 8
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RUR 29 900
Equivalent in EUR or USD will be calculated on the day of invoice issuance in accordance with the rate of exchange
We will send payment instructions once we receive your application. International payment is effected through PayPal and will include a 5% commission. Russian and CIS citizens can pay via YandexKassa
What are the IT requirements for this course?
- A PC / Mac
- Headphones with a microphone and a webcam (for the introductory lesson)
- A good enough* internet connection

*good enough = allowing you to send and receive at least 360p video
Are lessons carried out in Skype?
No, we use 3 professional platforms for our classes:
- Braincert for conference calls (can be downloaded for free in advance)
- Telegram for outside-of-class discussions with group and homework turn in
- Lightserve as an online library for materials to which you will have access after you finish the course
Should I take the course if I plan to go to BCG/Bain/OW or other consultancies?
Yes. The techniques covered in this course will help you ace other consulting tests. They are generally easier than PST (except for Oliver Wyman Test which will require more prep time). Read more in this article on consulting tests
Is this course for university students or for experienced professionals? Who is a typical student?
While there is no reason why a university student would not succeed in this course (and they often do!), most students in this course are experienced professionals. A typical student is a graduate of a Russian university with a major in economics, finance, or a math-related subject and 2-5 years of experience in audit, FMCG, banking, venture capital, or consulting. Exceptions (university students with no experience, unusual work experience, university major not related to math or economics) do occur about 17% of the time.
Where do you get your in-class tests from?
We have developed our own unique tests based on real McKinsey projects across 10 countries and 15 industries. Each test question is inspired by a certain challenging question from PST A 2012, PST A 2013, PST B, and PST C. As a result, Fless tests are more difficult than real PSTs. Which is exactly what you need for a thorough preparation.
What homework do you assign?
90% of homework are 42 mock PSTs from various sources (paid and free). Rest is a bit of practice on computation, chart reading, and critical reasoning. Extra materials available to students completing 100% of homework assignments.
What does your progress report look like?
Below is an example of a progress report we share with our students each week. Every row tracks student's progress for a specific question type and compares it to previous students who have taken the PST and successfully passed it. So far, we have 10+ of them
Can I buy your tests?
No unfortunately. Our tests are confidential, and we do not sell them or share them in any way. ConsultingGuru, MConsultingPrep, IGotAnOffer and others have tests available for purchase.
Do you ever enroll more than 10 people in this course?
No. We prefer 6-8. 10 is a rare exception
I cannot / do not want to take your course. Where do I get prep materials?
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