Selection Test

The Selection Test of the Business Game St.Gallen has to be completed by every applicant who wants to have a chance to participate in the event. Why is there a Selection Test? Because we have about 300 applicants, but can only invite 100 of them. This selection will be done on the basis of the results of the selection test. In the following, you will find some general information on the selection test and how you can take it.

When can I take the Selection Test?

The Selection Test can be taken on two dates, and on these two dates ONLY: 26th of February 2017 and 12th of March 2017. On each date you can take it between 10am and 2pm (Swiss time). But remember that you have to be paired up online in order to be able to start the test!

What will the Selection Test consist of?

The Selection Test for the Business Game St.Gallen 2017 will be 1h 15min and will consist of 3 parts:

  • GMAT questions (30 minutes, 20 questions, sample questions provided below)
  • Business Case (15 minutes, two cases)
  • Essay on a provided topic (30 minutes, 2 topics to choose amongst).

Note that you will have to take the entire test, including all 3 sections, at once. There is no possibility of taking the single parts independently. You can however choose in which order you wish to take the single parts.

How is the score calculated?

  • For GMAT and Business Case questions: 1 point for a correct answer; -0.25 for an incorrect one
  • Essay: the TOEFL evaluation criteria will mainly be used. But we will also take into account creativity.

After the scores have been calculated for the 3 separate parts, the final score will be calculated as a weighted average, using the following weights for the separate parts:

  • GMAT 40%
  • Business Case 25%
  • Essay 35%

What score do I have to achieve in order to get invited to the event?

You do not have to have a specific score in order to get invited. Amongst all the test results the teams with the highest score will get invited first. So the 50 teams with the highest scores will get an invitation from us.

Provided below are some sample questions, very similar to how the questions for the GMAT part of the Selection Test will look like.

Sample question 1: Ricky, Joey and Martin can finish a certain work in 3, 4, and 5 hours respectively when working alone. If all three of them work together, what fraction of the work will be done by Martin?
A. 1/4
B. 12/47
C. 1/3
D. 5/12
E. 20/47

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Answer: B

Sample question 2: Randall and Stan start driving on the highway in the same direction at 72 km/hr and 80 km/hr, respectively. If Stan is 4 km behind Randall, by how much does he have to increase his speed to catch up with Randall in 20 minutes?
A. 1 km/hr
B. 2 km/hr
C. 3 km/hr
D. 4 km/hr
E. 5 km/hr

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Answer: D

Sample question 3: Remy is taller than Kay. Rihanna is taller than Johannes. Therefore, Rihanna is taller than Kay.
The conclusion drawn above is not supported by the argument; however, the addition of one additional piece of information would make the conclusion logically sound. All of the following could be that additional piece of information EXCEPT:
A. Rihanna is taller than Remy.
B. Remy is taller than Johannes.
C. Remy and Johannes are the same height.
D. Johannes and Kay are the same height.
E. Johannes is taller than Kay.

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Answer: B

Sample question 4: The importance of the ozone layer to terrestrial animals is that it entirely filters out some wavelengths of light but lets others through. Holes in the ozone layer and the dangers associated with these holes are well documented. However, one danger that has not been given sufficient attention is that these holes could lead to severe eye damage for animals of many species.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the statements above, if they are true?
A. All wavelengths of sunlight that can cause eye damage are filtered out by the ozone layer where it is intact.
B. Few species of animals live on a part of the earth’s surface that is not threatened by holes in the ozone layer.
C. Some species of animals have eyes that will not suffer any damage when exposed to unfiltered sunlight.
D. A single wavelength of sunlight can cause severe damage to the eyes of most species of animals.
E. Some wavelengths of sunlight that cause eye damage are more likely to reach the earth’s surface where there are holes in the ozone layer than where there are not.

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Answer: E