I had the pwc assessment day for graduate role starting 2012, so thought I would put up my own experiences as I didnt really know what to expect!
Firstly, had to arrive at 8.45 ready for commencing at 9. We had to sign in as we arrived and put on a name badge that stated which group you were in for the day (A,B,C,D,E). We all went into one room together, where we were given a run down on what was happening that day - numeracy and logical tests, report writing and group assessment.
Group A,B,C had to stay in the room, and groups D and E went to seperate rooms to do their group assessments. I was in group A so first up for up was the report writing. We were all given a double sided A4 page and a booklet containing all the info we would need. The report issue was basically an environmental issue on businesses saving water, and the booklet contained lots of different scenarios about ways to save water. We then had 30mins to write the report. I did get my finished, but did feel very time constrained! I would definately recommend looking up the format of a report before you go so you know the general layout.
As soon as the report writing was over, the pages were collected and the numeracy test handed out. There was no break inbetween so was pretty full on! Had 20mins to answer 20 numeracy questions. I had read that the numeracy test was much harder at the assessment centre than the online tests which had panicked me a bit - but I completely disagree, it was the same standard if not slightly easier! Again, time was tight and I had a few questions not finished so towards the end I just guessed as it is not negative marking - you are marked on how many you get right. So makes more sense to guess when time is almost up and hope you pick right! Then straight after we were given out the logical reasoning tests - 40questions in 20mins. Again time is tight so just guess if you run out!
After the tests we had the chance to use the toilets and grab a coffee. Might be a good idea to try and break the ice with people in the same group as you before you go into the group exercise! So in the group exercise, there were 4 of us in my group. We sat around the table, the assessors sat around the outside of the room and to be honest you do forget they are there. Everyone in the group has a booklet with all the general information for the task, and then each person has a page with information regarding the argument they have to put forward in the discussion. You have 20mins to read the info and prepare. There are a few basic calculations you prepare but they are really simple and nothing to worry about. Then the assessor says you have 30mins to discuss. My group was quite good and nobody really dominated so we all got involved. We each took a turn to tell our argument, and then worked towards meeting the objectives. Half way through the assessor gives you “an urgent email” which, in our case, was the budget being cut. So you just have to work around it, and come to a decision. Our group seemed to run out of information to discuss, as we all agreed on the answer pretty early on, so we did go off on a slight tangent at times. But have to say, it was really comfortable and nowhere near as nerve-wrecking as i expected!!