Oliver Wyman Numerical Reasoning Test

Hello, I just applied for an Entry Level Consultant at the firm and received this email saying that I have to complete this 30-min numerical exam in 2 days. Because I am very interested in this firm, I want to prepare my best and I'd love to know more about what kinda numerical questions I should expect.

Thank you very much!

Oliver Wyman Numerical Reasoning Test Help

Below is a compilation of useful information, tips and sample questions to help you on your upcoming Oliver Wyman numerical reasoning test. Hope you find it helpful!

Oliver Wyman Numerical Reasoning Test Format

The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions with a 30-minute time limit.

Tips on the Oliver Wyman Numerical Reasoning Test

* Make sure you test your internet and wifi speed before attempting the test. Loading time between the questions will reduce the amount of time you have to answer questions.

* Negative Marking - You lose 1 point for every incorrect answer.

10 Oliver Wyman Numerical Test Practice Questions

1. Countries A, B and C all became democracies in 2000. Country A holds elections every three years, country B every four years, and country C every five years. In what years will they next all hold elections?

2. We have x red balls and x blue balls in a bag. The probability of getting 2 red balls in succession is 2/9. What's x?

3. P (Amy winning archery ) is a and probability of Bryan winning boxing is b. 0

4. The president of the USA serves terms of four years, with a maximum of two terms. If a century sees 16 presidents, how many of them served a second term?

5. A roulette wheel has 37 sections, 18 of which are red. If you bet on red and win, you double your money. Fyodor plays 111 games, staking $50 on red each time. How much money, on average, would he expect to win for his $5,500?

6. What is the probability that, in a randomly selected group of seven people, one person will have been born on each day of the week?

7. The average customer call to Phoneinc takes eight minutes, and operators work one of three eight-hour shifts. From 9pm-5am, 10% of calls are received, and from 5am-1pm 100 operators are on shift. If half of all callers ring from 1pm-9pm, how many people call Phoneinc in one day?

8. Nigel has $6.20 to spend, and wants to fill his bag with vegetables. Aubergines cost $0.50, courgettes cost $0.20, he has room for 22 pieces and wants to spend as much as possible. How many courgettes should he buy?

9. It takes Nora two hours to paint a wall 5m by 8m, and Zack three hours to paint a wall 4m by 9m. Together, how long will it take them to paint a wall 10m by 12m?

10. The company has annual sales of $600,000, of which 5% is profit. The CEO wants to increase the profit margin to 10%, but costs are set to rise 15%. By how much must sales increase?


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Comments (96)

Sep 20, 2013 - 2:40pm
Skinnayyy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

http://skukre1.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/oliver-wyman-numerical-reasoning-test/

That should help.

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Sep 20, 2013 - 4:12pm
ridiculouslyshameless, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Looks like we are at the same page, OP

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Sep 20, 2013 - 7:37pm
Fergivicious, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think the questions in the link are taken straight from the test. I wouldn't worry about it too much, it's not really something you can study for and you won't finish. Skip a question if you get stuck on it. I'm pretty sure the test is just a formality though.

Sep 21, 2013 - 3:35am
yelski, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's purposefully too difficult (or long, really) for the allotted time, and tests you primarily on numerical reasoning. As far as I can tell, its a feeble imitation of the McKinsey PST. I can't imagine it has a major impact on their decision to interview you, unless you indicate a complete inability to function with numbers.

Sep 22, 2013 - 12:03pm
onthegrind, what's your opinion? Comment below:

honestly, I don't think you can really prepare for it? I didn't really prepare, just brushed up on some geometry formulas. Looking back on it, the best thing to do is probably to learn or brush up on old math, like probabilities and area formulas and crap.

Sep 23, 2013 - 8:20pm
mm13, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Anyone know how long it takes to hear back from OW after taking the test?

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:08pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oliver Wyman numerical test (Originally Posted: 11/10/2010)

before doing any interview, I was invited by OW to do a numerical online test. it consisted of 30 questions in 20 mins. the time was short, and the questions are not numbered.

During the exam, the test said that I submitted 17 questions and skipped 5. So I am not sure whether I answered 17 questions and skipped 5 which means that I went through 22 (17+5) questions in total, or I actually answered 12(17-5) questions and skipped 5 ,so I went through 17 in total.

anyone who done the test can clarify the meaning of submitted questions?

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Sep 24, 2013 - 1:46am
mm13, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How was your experience with the subsequent interviews? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:09pm
qweretyq, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How do you know you did 17? Is that because it said "Problem 17" on the top right? If so it probably means you did only 12.

I don't think I received anything that said I submitted x questions after I hit submit after time ran out.

I wonder because I took it awhile ago and haven't received a response. I think I answered 16 or so and skipped like 2 or 3.

Anyone know what a good score is?

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:10pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Doesn't matter now. I guess for reference, I answered a little more than half of them, probably got all of them right, didn't guess on any, and got an interview.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:11pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No it didn't say problem 17.

on the top right there were 2 numbers:

the first ones titled number of problems submitted: 17 and the second one it says :number of questions skipped 5.

so what is the deal?

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:12pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

@qweretyq: out of the 16 answered, how many you think were right?

also was it for analyst or associate poistion?

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:15pm
qweretyq, what's your opinion? Comment below:
antoniao77:
@qweretyq: out of the 16 answered, how many you think were right?

also was it for analyst or associate poistion?

GMC from undergrad

I think I got all of them right, maybe 1 wrong. I was surprised at the difficulty of the time constraint, because I am usually good at fast math and this kind of stuff (I have scored high on AMC, McKinsey test etc)

I still haven't heard back from though so maybe I didn't pass

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:13pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd guess that skipped questions aren't considered "submitted", but I have no real idea. It just seems less simple to have a category for all questions you looked at and for the ones that you skipped vs having one for questions you skipped and one for questions you answered. Occam's Razor-esque.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:14pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

@wunderful: maybe you are right.

you applied for analyst or associate? and was it GMC or FS at ow?

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:16pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

@qweretyq: to which office you applied? and when was that?

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:21pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hey my test was for NYC financial consulting, analyst.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:23pm
antoniao77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

@porcineaviation: so if there is no fixed pass mark, how ow passes people and fails other? according to what?

moreover, how you know that 60 % pass the test?

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:27pm
Graduate2011, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is there any difference between the financial services track online test and the general management test? Is the general management test GMAT format as well (i.e. probability, geometry, etc.)?

Thank You

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:28pm
td45, what's your opinion? Comment below:

for what it's worth, i skipped maybe 5 and answered 6 (which i'm pretty sure were all correct) and got an interview for general management consulting NYC. i'm a top 20 ugrad with an average gpa, almost 2 years of nonrelevant work experience for a fortune 500 company.

my interview is this week.

Sep 24, 2013 - 12:13pm
onthegrind, what's your opinion? Comment below:

So I heard back a week after the test and was invited to an interview. I have my interview coming up this Monday. I'll let you know how it goes.

If you want details, please PM me, I don't want to publicize my opinions lol

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:29pm
Arosthenes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oliver Wyman FS Test (Originally Posted: 12/12/2012)

Hey all! So I have been invited to take the OWFS online test and have been given a date for an interview if I am successful and they decide to invite me. I have two questions: Should I be getting excited at this opportunity or is this more of a blanket email sent out and they pick a very small percent of the successful test takers? Either way I will be taking it very seriously as an opportunity is an opportunity. Secondly, if anyone has any experience in taking these tests could they comment on the difficulty and what hey might recommend to prepare given that they have to be taken within seven days.

Thanks!

Sep 24, 2013 - 5:29pm
ridiculouslyshameless, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Count me in , would you?

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:30pm
The Sour Patch Kid, what's your opinion? Comment below:

In my opinion, the OW quant test is harder than the McKinsey PST. That being said, I believe that OW has a certain point threshold, over which they invite applicants to interview. You should feel kind of excited, though, because you passed the initial screening! Now you just have to wow them for the rest of the process.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:31pm
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm pretty sure if you do your research about the test, they value quality over quantity when answering. It has tons of questions making it incredibly hard to get it all done and correct. Search on the site and general internet (glassdoor maybe?) to further prove my beliefs. There is a lot of forum discussion elsewhere about it. You can get a negative score too fyi.

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:32pm
Acheron, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd say it's the opposite of a blanket email. Most people who get invited to the test will get an interview, so they're not inviting everyone. I don't think the score threshold is too high. If I remember correctly, there's 30 questions, and I had classmates who said they got 20 questions, you're golden.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:34pm
uncommonsence, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If I recall, you were allowed to use a calculator on that test...?

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Sep 25, 2013 - 12:03am
PennDOT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't want you to reveal all of the details but would you consider it easier or harder than the questions in the Wordpress link earlier in the thread?

Congratulations on the interview

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Jan 26, 2014 - 8:35pm
deprecated, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oliver Wyman test issues (Originally Posted: 10/12/2011)

Hey guys,

I got invited by OW FS to do the online numerical test (30 questions in 20 min). Aside from the difficulty of the test, the website was REALLY slow (I was loosing 20+ seconds per question when I pressed the 'next' button and the page actually started loading).

On top of that, after question 10 I was redirected to a blank page and had to refresh the browser, consequently losing even more time.

In the end I was only able to answer 6 questions out of 30, which will most likely not be enough...

I was wondering if any of you have had this experience with Oliver Wyman's tests and if there is any chance I can retake it. I already sent HR an e-mail explaining the situation but no response yet.

The test was hard but I feel like if I had the full 20 minutes I could have at least answered +16 questions, and it would really pi__ me off to miss an interview opportunity because of a technical issue...

Cheers..

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:36pm
baffled_engineer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did you go back to the website and reattempt the test? Similar thing happened to me. I went back to the test portal and it told me that I had logged out mid-test and told me to retake it.

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:38pm
deprecated, what's your opinion? Comment below:
baffled_engineer:
Did you go back to the website and reattempt the test? Similar thing happened to me. I went back to the test portal and it told me that I had logged out mid-test and told me to retake it.

It didn't actually logged out, it just redirected me to a blank page. After a few secs I noticed it was taking me nowhere so I just refreshed the page and my next question loaded, but since the clock was still ticking I lost a considerable amount of time...

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:39pm
deprecated, what's your opinion? Comment below:
couchy:
are these tests for summer internships?

No, full time in Europe

Sep 25, 2013 - 4:08am
yelski, what's your opinion? Comment below:

lol onthegrind i got the exact same score as you and did not receive an interview. like i said, its much less important than gpa and prior internships, as stupid as that may be.

Sep 25, 2013 - 2:04pm
b2tw, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got through 18 questions (skipping 2 of them), and consider myself good with numbers. My GPA is probably too low to get an interview either way.

Sep 25, 2013 - 7:02pm
chloe_ii, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi there! Is anyone here applying to the London office? Do you know if it also takes a week to hear back from the online tests? Just finished mine but the email said the results will be out by Nov 15 the latest so I'm not sure how long I should wait. Many thanks!

Sep 26, 2013 - 9:38am
Touching Base, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I just did the online test. Same, I consider myself pretty good with numbers but I only got through 17 (skipping 4-5). I don't think I've done enough :( The Verbal was much easier though, got through like 23 of those questions.

Mine was for the London office and yeah the email inviting you to do the test said you'll hear back by the Nov 15 at the latest. I reckon they'll just take their time on this. Did you get an email after you took the test?

"So who lost the hundy?"
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Sep 26, 2013 - 9:44am
chloe_ii, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I read somewhere 'half points' are enough, not sure if that means at least 15 & 15 or 30 accumulatively. I hope for 30. Did you also get the test invitation on Sep 19?

Sep 26, 2013 - 9:53am
Touching Base, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oh yeah I hope it's a total of 30 too, or I've definitely ballsed it up. I got the invite yesterday (25th Sept). Good luck to you anyway!

"So who lost the hundy?"
Oct 3, 2013 - 9:28am
Touching Base, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Out of interest, have you heard back Chloe?

"So who lost the hundy?"
Sep 27, 2013 - 5:42am
MforMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi everyone, I've applied for an entry level consultant role at OW and got an invite for the OW test. Besides the link above, is it helpful also using the GMAT as prep tool?

Sep 27, 2013 - 9:21pm
onthegrind, what's your opinion? Comment below:
MforMonkey:

Hi everyone, I've applied for an entry level consultant role at OW and got an invite for the OW test. Besides the link above, is it helpful also using the GMAT as prep tool?

No. If you want to prep, get some old SAT books i guess

Oct 2, 2013 - 5:12pm
KenAsh, what's your opinion? Comment below:
MforMonkey:

Does anyone know if the online OW verbal reasoning test is multiple choice (right/false/cannot say)?

The reasoning part is multiple choice answers. It's just like the LSAT Logical Reasoning section, but a bit easier.
Oct 2, 2013 - 5:16pm
KenAsh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Has anybody heard back after the online test? I get the feeling that they are just waiting til enough people have taken it and then will take the highest x% of scores. Seems like the cutoff point is generally around being able to answer 10-12 questions, I've seen comments from people with these scores that have passed and that haven't.

Also, does anybody know if they pay for tickets for foreign candidates to fly internationally? Heading to London from New York. It would be a pain to wait to hear back til Nov 15th with interviews a week away and then having to buy my own ticket.

Oct 3, 2013 - 8:15am
Touching Base, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I heard back a week after I took the test. That seems to be their rough timeline for reviewing test results along with the rest of your application.

"So who lost the hundy?"
Oct 3, 2013 - 8:21am
KenAsh, what's your opinion? Comment below:
cheme-ib:

I heard back a week after I took the test. That seems to be their rough timeline for reviewing test results along with the rest of your application.

We're you invited for an interview? I was just in contact with an HR person there, she made it sound like they were only going to notify people on Nov 15th (this is for the London office). Regarding ticket subsidy, she said they may do a phone or video conferencing interview instead... Still kind of a pain to wait 2 months to find out if you even get an interview.

Oct 8, 2013 - 5:04am
misschen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I took the test on September 24th, applied to the London office. I consider myself to be pretty good at math- I got perfect scores on all my standardized tests thus far - and this test destroyed me. Like, literally. I didn't even finish answering half of the questions they asked. It was awful. I'm pretty bummed cause I did spend a few days doing solid preparation, using GMAT books, but the test is just so difficult that I'm not sure if it was worth all the effort. It is one test that truly separates the sheep from the goats. I will have to see whether I get invited for an interview. I really hope they still say yes. Sigh.

Oct 15, 2013 - 4:59pm
Ampharos, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm not applying for OW, but my girlfriend was, and I was looking over her shoulder while she was taking this test.

I thought that test was insanely hard. I work at MBB and thought the McKinsey PST from when I was recruiting was way easier.

Oct 15, 2013 - 6:23pm
VCMonkey01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Personally, I'd disagree strongly with Ampharos's comment. I found the PST to be much harder. You're really talking apples and oranges. OW's test contains pure math problems, whereas McK's PST requires you to analyze text and make a lot of inferences in addition to a decent amount of quant questions. I found that the nuanced and subjective nature of McK's test made it a lot harder, at least for me. Ended up doing well enough on the tests to get final rounds with both firms this year, but I had a pretty decent amount of wrong answers when going through practice tests for the PST, whereas with OW, I'm very confident I got at least 90% of the answers right with no prior practice.

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Oct 15, 2013 - 8:21pm
The Sour Patch Kid, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Ampharos:

I'm not applying for OW, but my girlfriend was, and I was looking over her shoulder while she was taking this test.

I thought that test was insanely hard. I work at MBB and thought the McKinsey PST from when I was recruiting was way easier.

I have taken both as well, and I agree with @Ampharos. To me, the test at OW was much harder. The fact that you lose points for each missed question makes you think about the test differently. You can just guess on the PST. I will say, however, that the McK PST was more stressful, if only due to the fact that there is a proctor and you are seated next to your competition.

Oct 22, 2013 - 6:30am
Gloups, what's your opinion? Comment below:

does anyone know if for the online tests we can skip questions and come back to them after? thank you

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:13am
KenAsh, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Gloups:

does anyone know if for the online tests we can skip questions and come back to them after?
thank you

No option to go back to questions. Not a big deal though in my opinion, the amount of questions is much more than you could complete in the time given, so don't hesitate to just skip questions if they seem like trouble.
Oct 22, 2013 - 11:36pm
hihihohohaha2, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey no this is wrong. You can come back anytime during the time you are taking this test. I skipped some of them and came back later. Before you take the test, there will be 5 practice questions.

Oct 22, 2013 - 2:38pm
Gloups, what's your opinion? Comment below:

thanks! and do you know if we can take the practice test independently of the real test? (or if we need to complete it just before starting the real tests) thank you

Nov 15, 2013 - 12:45pm
latempo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

which office is this for? pretty sure US and Canada are done recruiting, for undergrads at least

Nov 15, 2013 - 1:35pm
misschen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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