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deannav in Columbus, Ohio

97 months ago

Hello. I have passed the phone interview for Nielsen Analytical Consulting and BASES, but I am now going to take the analytic assessment. Does anyone know what kinds of questions are asked on this test? Does being invited to take the test indicate that I am on my way to being hired? Thanks

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Dionne Lucas in Mableton, Georgia

96 months ago

Hi-
I have to take the test this week. I only know that it is step 2 in the process. I have not had any interviews other than the phone interview. The HR manager indicated that the test was 10 questions and 90 minutes long. I am to show up with a calculator.

Did anyone send you any other feedback that may be helpful to me?

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alvaroaguirre in acworth, Georgia

96 months ago

Hi Dionne ,did you pass the test you already had with Nielsen,I am about to have it next week,and I'd like to learn about your experience,it was difficult? what kind of questions did you have? thanks for sharing this with me.

Truly.

ALVARO AGUIRRE

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rishik in Pune, India

92 months ago

Hi,

I am Rishi Kudale, just clered 1st round of selection for BASES. i.e. Aptitude test. There were stat, Case study prstn, English questions. Now i have been called for 3 or 4 rounds of interviews. Pls do let me know what all type of questions will be ther for interview.
Wish all of you all the success.
Thanks & regards.

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Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York

69 months ago

That question has to do with people reading the paper, although I can't quite remember the exact question. Perhaps someone else can chime in.
It states something like: in a certain town of 300, 40% of the people read the morning paper, and 30% read the evening paper. THere must be some other clues, because from there you need to calculate how many people don't read either paper, adn possibly some other questions.
And from there on, I can't remember the question, but perhaps someone else can now...

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Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York

69 months ago

And, don't forget about the salt on the pretzels question.
Be sure you know how to calculate profit (i.e., sales price - cost).
The question sets up how much it costs to make salty pretzels and then states that people would like more salt, which would cost x amount.
You have to calculate how many additional pretzels need to be sold to cover the cost of adding the extra expense of adding salt.

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c30 in New York, New York

69 months ago

I am not surprised by some of the postings I read here. I don’t agree the test is just basic math as these are GMAT questions. I agree in that the test is to separates the cream from the crap with their own twisted version of what cream and crap are. It doesn’t make a difference whether you do well in the test or not as long as you seem to fit in.

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user0492 in New York, New York

69 months ago

c30 in New York, New York said: I am not surprised by some of the postings I read here. I don’t agree the test is just basic math as these are GMAT questions. I agree in that the test is to separates the cream from the crap with their own twisted version of what cream and crap are. It doesn’t make a difference whether you do well in the test or not as long as you seem to fit in.

There isn't a single question on the test that can't be solved with some combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. It is therefore, by definition, basic math. The constraints that pose a challenge are 1) time 2) translation of words into math.

The test makes a huge difference if you perform poorly. If you pass there are still additional hurdles to overcome; fitting in is one of them.

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moonie in Kansas

68 months ago

I'm gonna take the test within a week. and the question 4 all those who took the test: how did you get prepared?? any certain tips you can give?? If I prepared 4 Gmat I can make it through this test?? if not, what shall I study concerning stat. and math?? any links, sources...etc. that you recommend?? I'd appreciate being more specific. Thanks in advance for your help :)

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user0492 in New York, New York

68 months ago

Moonie in Kansas said: I'm gonna take the test within a week. and the question 4 all those who took the test: how did you get prepared?? any certain tips you can give?? If I prepared 4 Gmat I can make it through this test?? if not, what shall I study concerning stat. and math?? any links, sources...etc. that you recommend?? I'd appreciate being more specific. Thanks in advance for your help :)

Just read the thread. Almost all the questions have been divulged. Practice business math word problems.

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Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York

68 months ago

GMAT book (for math) is good.
Don't waste time on the geometry....
make sure you know your basic accounting/econ theorem: profit=selling price-cost.

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Fred in Geneva, Switzerland

68 months ago

Hello guys!

first thanks for all the informations you have share on this forum, I found it really helpful.
But I was wondering I someone can tell me more about the case study. someone have more example of topic they had? I will pass my test next week and I can't stop panic!
and about the analytical part, it's multiple choice questions right? but people are saying GMAT and other GRE, how is right??

thanks guys!

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moonie in Kansas

68 months ago

Hey Fred,

I've just taken the exam few hours ago. What I did is that I prepared for the GMAT. So yes, go for the GMAT math preparation. Don't waste your time in Geometry and the pure Algebra stuff. Focus more on the word problems, and probabilities, they are EXTREMELY important and simple at the same time.

The analytical part is about a new product, they ask you to write your hypotheses to the president concerning the points of weakness and strength in one page. It's pretty simple, all you need is just some basic analytical skills. You don't have to be a pro. and none of the questions are multiple choice questions.

The other question is about data of a certain product which was advertised. you should say if this ad. was effective or not, What would be your recommendation to the client, and if you have any additional questions to be added to the survey, and why.

Now the test is easy if you were well prepared, the tough part is the lack of time. I feel that I can answer all the test correctly if I were given more time and got rid of that tremendous stress. In more than one problem I got to quickly guess the answer cos I got no time to accurately check them, specially if English isn't your first language. So time management is the key. If you found that a problem would take more than 5 min. skip it and return to it later if you got time, remember you got writing to do.

Now I think you nearly got the test in your hand, so no need to be stressed. And wish me luck :)

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moonie in Hawaii

68 months ago

And good luck to you as well

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Fred in Geneva, Switzerland

68 months ago

Thanks for this insight Moonie! hope you did well but what are your fellin about it?

I really thought it was multiple choice questions. I guess it will be hard if the time is tight...

and just to be sure it's only problems with writing answers? so no calculation?

did you saw stuff like:
"you take a test, and 60% pass the first time and 40% fail.
The second time around,80% pass the test and 20% fail.
The third time, 90% pass and 10% fail.
What is the probablilty that you pass on the 2nd time?
What is the probability that you pass on the 3rd time?
What is the probablity you fail? "

thanks again dude!

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Fred in Geneva, Switzerland

68 months ago

Oh and I forgot: should I revise algebra?? i hate it but just want to be sure before waisting my time with this s***

thanks

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Zzzzz in Switzerland

67 months ago

Fred in Geneva, Switzerland said: Oh and I forgot: should I revise algebra?? i hate it but just want to be sure before waisting my time with this s***

Hi Fred..i m going to pass the exam in Geneva, could you please tell me what was the test about? and how was your experience, thanks a lot!

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RuinFlag in Tempe, Arizona

66 months ago

I say don’t waste your time with this company

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logginlarry in Dallas, Texas

63 months ago

RuinFlag in Tempe, Arizona said: I say don’t waste your time with this company

I took the test two days and received feedback within a few hours. "Passed with flying colors". The test isn't too difficult at all, just make sure you read the questions carefully as there is usually important info in every sentence. Most of what I've seen on this forum is still in the test. Know break-even analysis, conditional probability, business math.

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Rainbow1 in Houston, Texas

53 months ago

The assessment test is for all positions including TV Ratings Membership Recruiter and Field Service Representative? Please answer this question.Thanks

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WalshA in California

46 months ago

Any idea if this exam has changed recently?

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user0492 in New York, New York

46 months ago

WalshA in California said: Any idea if this exam has changed recently?

It has not changed. I have colleagues that have taken the exam and I've administered it myself within the past 3 months.

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user0492 in New York, New York

46 months ago

Do not round your answers during any steps of your calculations. There is one question in particular that EVERYONE gets wrong because the answer on the official answer key is based on never rounding.

I know this because I've graded many of the tests.

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vdenkova in Bronx, New York

46 months ago

Hi everyone,

Thank you all so much for the useful information! I am about to take the exam in a day and was wondering if anyone can share any additional questions that weren't already mentioned? I really want to pass the test and would really appreciate your help!

Thank you!

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WalshA in California

46 months ago

I took and passed the test recently and I can say that if you review these forums, you'll find all of the topics on the test. My biggest recommendation is to work diligently and quickly. These questions will take you time (unless your really proficient with math) so watching the clock is absolutely necessary. The questions are difficult but its the multiple steps required for each question that really takes up time and makes it appear more difficult then it actually is. Relax, work diligently and methodically and you'll get through it just fine. Goodluck!

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vdenkova

46 months ago

Thank you!
And good luck with the next steps of the interview process :)

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Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York

46 months ago

Congratulations Walsh A.
Just curious here, did they actually show you the test and the graded work from your test, or did they just tell you that you passed the test?
Best of luck if you get the job.

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WalshA in California

46 months ago

After a couple of days, I was invited to interview. So, my assumption is I passed. From what they told me before hand and what i have read here and there, you need to pass it in order to move to interviews.

I'm sure you all know this but a note on the interview process - depending on what kind of interviewer you get, be prepared to speak to the top of someone's head as they scribble away. Concentrate on answer things in the STAR format when appropriate (ex. behavioral) and examples, examples, examples.. have them ready and somehow relevant to the job you are applying for... Good luck everyone!

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Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York

46 months ago

If you want my opinion, I think this "test" is used as a screening tool to disqualify otherwise credentialed candidates. No offense meant to those who "passed", and probably they did pass, however, by not showing candidates their "grades" and what they got right and wrong, it's easy enough for a recruiter to say to an undesirable candidate, "You didn't pass the test."

Frankly, I felt like I was discriminated against due to my age.

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user0492 in New York, New York

46 months ago

Abraham Rossi in Franklin Square, New York said: If you want my opinion, I think this "test" is used as a screening tool to disqualify otherwise credentialed candidates. No offense meant to those who "passed", and probably they did pass, however, by not showing candidates their "grades" and what they got right and wrong, it's easy enough for a recruiter to say to an undesirable candidate, "You didn't pass the test."

Frankly, I felt like I was discriminated against due to my age.

This test is most definitely intended to disqualify otherwise credentialed candidates. There are far more qualified candidates than jobs available. Quantifying ability is one very easy way to weed out people that might not succeed at Nielsen. Frankly, the test is not that difficult given Nielsen's data intensive culture.

No employer will ever employ a completely transparent hiring process. And there always is some level of subjectivity however it likely was not your age. I work with people of all ages in my current role.

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user0492 in New York, New York

46 months ago

WalshA in California said: After a couple of days, I was invited to interview. So, my assumption is I passed. From what they told me before hand and what i have read here and there, you need to pass it in order to move to interviews.

I'm sure you all know this but a note on the interview process - depending on what kind of interviewer you get, be prepared to speak to the top of someone's head as they scribble away. Concentrate on answer things in the STAR format when appropriate (ex. behavioral) and examples, examples, examples.. have them ready and somehow relevant to the job you are applying for... Good luck everyone!

Correct. Without a passing score you don't get a interview. Congrats!

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WalshA in California

46 months ago

User0492 in New York, New York said: Correct. Without a passing score you don't get a interview. Congrats!

User0492 - I asked this somewhere else but it looks like you may know as well. Question - Once one has completed their interviews, what is the decision process internally? How long does it usually take? Thanks!

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user0492 in New York, New York

45 months ago

WalshA in California said: User0492 - I asked this somewhere else but it looks like you may know as well. Question - Once one has completed their interviews, what is the decision process internally? How long does it usually take? Thanks!

Completely dependent on the position, HR, priorities, client contract, manager's schedule etc.

I would say average is 1 week and follow-up with a call on the 6th or 7th business day after the test/interview.

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tuxedo@*****.*** in Warsaw, Poland

45 months ago

Hello,
Does anyone know where all comments can be read online. Please send link, because the only answer I can see those who have read and replied to the comments whether it was helpfull in positive or negative. For example: I only see it as below. Please show a link to the comment.

Deanna V in Columbus, Ohio 51 months ago
Hello. I have passed the phone interview for Nielsen Analytical Consulting and BASES, but I am now going to take the analytic assessment. Does anyone know what kinds of questions are asked on this test? Does being invited to take the test indicate that I am on my way to being hired? Thanks

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without.television in Houston, Texas

45 months ago

If I do not pass the assessment, is it feasible to apply for a different Nielsen position and take the assessment again? Or should I just forget about working at Nielsen?

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diptimahajan in Qatar

44 months ago

This whole discussion thread was really helpful to me for my today's test at Nielsen.
Maths questions and case studies both are easy but key is to manage time. within 90 minutes you have to solve maths as well as 2 case studies which are at the end, so keep time reserved for case studies.

And Wish me luck,I hope will pass this test!

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hk in Mumbai, India

18 months ago

Hi all,

I have written test on this Friday for MSCI department, can any body give me a tips for written OR a test paper to make it more worth.my ID hk15586@gmail.com

thanks in advance,

HK

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