PwC Psychometric Assessment: What It Looks Like + How to Pass

PwC Psychometric Assessment

Many new digital assessments and games-based tests are popping up in the consulting firms’ recruiting processes. The latest is the PwC psychometric assessment.

This PwC test assesses a wide range of skills. It includes digital games that test memory, math, and reasoning skills. It also allows you to record your answers to a couple of typical interview questions and go through a high-level consulting case.

While digital games can feel alien to some, don’t worry! The games are designed to be simple to play and you might even find this type of assessment fun.

My Consulting Offer’s coaches have helped dozens of candidates pass consulting firms’ online tests and make it to the interview stage. We’d like to help you too!

In this article, we’ll discuss:

  • Why PwC is using an online assessment,
  • Skills the PwC online assessment tests,
  • The types of questions on the PwC psychometric assessment, 
  • Next steps after the PwC psychometric test, and
  • 6 Tips on how to pass the PwC psychometric assessment.

Let’s get started!

Why Is PwC Using a Psychometric Assessment?

Many consulting firms are turning to online assessment as part of their recruiting process. The largest consulting firms get hundreds of thousands of applications each year and they need an effective way to screen candidates before face-to-face interviews.

Psychometric assessments allow recruiting teams to start identifying candidates that match the traits they are looking for in successful candidates without using a lot of manpower. 

It also provides another set of data for recruiting teams should they need to choose between candidates in later stages of the process.

Finally, consulting firms are getting wise to the benefits that diversifying their candidate pool can offer. Online assessment help minimize the unconscious bias that can be a challenge in more traditional recruiting practices.

What Skills Are Recruiters Looking For on the PwC Psychometric Assessment?

There are 4 key skills that the PwC psychometric assessment tests for, which are all important skills for a consultant.

1. Ability to Work Under Pressure

Consulting projects can be fast-paced, with significant pressure from deadlines and client expectations. The ability to remain calm and think clearly under pressure is a key skill. 

By adding a time element to psychometric assessments, recruiting teams can simulate the pressure new analysts feel when working with a client on their first project 

2. Numerical Competency

There’s no getting around it, you need to be comfortable with math to be a consultant. Data that informs decision-making is often presented in graphs, charts, and spreadsheets and you’ll need to be able to interpret and calculate information to help support your point of view.

3. Logical Reasoning

As a consultant, you’ll often have to offer advice even if you don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle. Strong logical reasoning means you can take the information you have and make sensible assumptions in order to predict the best way forward.

4. Decision-making Ability

Consultants need to be confident in making decisions. You need a good memory to retain information and the ability to quickly process that information into a sensible, well-thought-through decision.

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What Types Of Questions Are On the PwC Psychometric Test?

There are two types of questions on the PwC psychometric assessment:

Example: Numerical Reasoning Questions

The first type of question is numerical reasoning. Numerical reasoning games allow PwC to judge your aptitude for basic math and your ability to make correct decisions when faced with numerical data.

For example, several circles containing numbers and a mathematical operator (+, −, ×, ÷) will be flashed on your screen. From memory, you need to select which circles flashed up, place them in the right order, and then complete the calculation shown in the sequence. You’ll then select the correct answer from the multiple-choice options displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The math itself isn’t too difficult, but remembering the order can become tricky as the number of circles in the sequence increases in later questions.

Example: Logical Reasoning Questions

The second type of question is logical reasoning. Logical reasoning requires you to identify patterns and trends across a series of images with different shapes and spatial arrangement.

For example, you might be shown various squares with shapes arranged inside them. You’ll need to choose the squares that have matching shapes and arrangements. At the start, this is simple but becomes more complicated as the squares begin to rotate in later questions.

PwC Virtual Invite and Games logical reasoning

You might also be given a series of diagrams showing different shapes and have to identify the pattern and therefore what comes next in the sequence.

PwC Virtual Invite and Games Logical reasoning example

You’ll need to recognize that:

  • The order of the central shape is diamond then circle repeated
  • The color of the shape is pink, blue, green, then repeated
  • The arrow rotates around the square in a clockwise direction
  • And that would give you a correct answer of D!

What’s the Next Stage After the Psychometric Assessment?

After the psychometric assessment, there is a video interview. Depending on which country you are recruiting for, there might also be a mini consulting case simulation as part of the video interview.

Video Interview

The video interview is an opportunity for you to record your responses to 10 questions. The questions cover your motivation for applying to PwC and some situational judgment questions. To prepare an answer on your motivation for applying to PwC, read our article on behavioral interview questions

Situational judgment questions are scenario-based and ask you to decide how you would respond in certain hypothetical work situations. 

There’s no “wrong” answer, but it’s worth reading-up on PwC’s values and using that information when making your decision to ensure your answers are aligned with their organizational culture.

Mini Consulting Case Simulation

At the end of the video interview, there is a section where you are presented with a document detailing a scenario simulating a short case interview. 

You’re given background information on the situation, client, goal, and risks. In this simulation, you’re not being asked to ‘solve’ the case but there are a few questions to answer about the information you’re given. 

For example:

“Given the fact that purchasing trends for this product are decreasing, what questions would you ask the Director of Marketing?”

These questions are used to assess your ability to quickly absorb and make judgments on information, such as what’s useful, where the gaps are, and what you’d do next.

PwC Final Assessment

The PwC online assessment takes around 2 hours in total, split between the psychometric assessment and the video interview.

If you’re successful through this stage, you’ll be invited to the PwC final assessment. What that looks like depends on which country you’re applying to. 

This will either be a final round of case and fit interviews or a more in-depth assessment day. The assessment day will contain individual and group activities as well as interviews.

6 Tips on How to Pass the PwC Psychometric Assessment

Getting ready for the PwC Virtual Invite and Games

We helped a lot of people get through psychometric assessments. Here are our best tips:

Tip 1: Check Your Technology

Taking an online assessment can be daunting enough without your laptop dying halfway through! 

Make sure your internet connection is strong and that whatever technology you’re using is fully charged or plugged in.

Tip 2: Clear the Clutter.

You’re going to need to concentrate during the PwC psychometric test. Make sure that wherever you’re taking the test is clear and free from distractions. 

Make sure you have whatever equipment you need with you including paper and pencil for rough notes and a calculator.

Tip 3: Take the Test When You Perform Best

Perhaps you know you concentrate better in the mornings. Or maybe you’re a night owl who finds it easier to focus in the afternoons or evening. 

If you have the choice, schedule your test for the time of day when you know you can give it your best attention.

Tip 4: Practice

There are a lot of free resources online where you can practice logical and numerical reasoning. For example, free brain training apps such as Elevate help you brush up on your math skills through interactive games.

Tip 5: Read Each Question Carefully

A simple but important tip. The PwC psychometric assessment questions and calculations aren’t that complicated but make sure you’re clear on what you have to do before you tackle them. 

There’s nothing more frustrating than rushing the question and making silly mistakes.

Tip 6: Take a Moment to Breathe

Before you start the test take a big breath in and out. We know that tests can make you feel anxious and a few deep breaths help calm the nervous system and move you out of ‘fight or flight’ mode so your brain can concentrate on the task at hand. 

Make sure you also take a small pause between sections to let go of the previous questions and re-focus on the next part.

 

In this article, we’ve covered:

  • The reason PwC uses online assessment,
  • What skills the PwC psychometric assessment tests,
  • What questions you can expect during the PwC psychometric assessment,
  • What’s next after the psychometric assessment, and
  • Our 6 top tips for assessment success.

Still have questions?

If you have more questions about the PwC psychometric assessment, leave them in the comments below. One of My Consulting Offer’s case coaches will answer them. Other people prepping for the PwC psychometric test found the following pages helpful:

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