The ICA Case Curriculum is intended to prepare students to successfully pass case-based interviews. The curriculum is both multifaceted as well as progressive, consisting of workshops, case chains, and speed-casing sessions in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Each semester culminates in a super-day where curriculum students put their skills to the test in three interviews conducted by ICA leadership and alumni. Students successfully pass the curriculum when they have passed the beginner, intermediate, and advanced super-days. Further information on the various components of the case curriculum is provided below.
Interactive workshops which teach students the fundamental knowledge and skills required to pass a case interview. These one hour workshops will be facilitated by the ICA Case Training leads, and will cover two essential skills. There will be three case training workshops each semester.
Case Interview Math
Driving the Case
Interpreting Charts and Tables
Groups of three curriculum students (A,B,C) will participate in a case-chain intended to practice both giving and receiving case interviews. The chain will begin by a member of ICA Leadership Team interviewing student A. At the conclusion of the interview, the ICA Leadership Team member will give all necessary materials to student A to conduct his/her interview with student B. Student A then interviews student B. The chain concludes once student B interviews student C. Three case chains will be conducted each semester.
Number of Chains
Speed Casing Sessions
These sessions are intended to be office hours where curriculum students can ask questions and practice cases with members of the ICA Leadership Team, as well as curriculum students outside of their case chain. The interviews will be conducted using cases from the ICA casebook. Speed Casing sessions will take place on several Fridays from 2-4PM over the course of the semester. A curriculum student must give or receive 10 cases over the course of the semester during speed-casing sessions.
Number of Cases
Super-Days are intended to simulate the second round of the interview process at one of ICA’s corporate sponsors. Curriculum students will participate in three case interviews conducted by ICA Leadership and Alumni at the level they are trying to pass. To participate in a Super-Day, a student must complete all other curriculum components of that level. An example scenario is shown below.
Example Beginner Level Semester Requirements
- 3 Case Training Workshops (3 Hours) – Two skills will be covered per workshop
- 3 Beginner Case Chains (6 Hours)
- 10 Beginner Cases (5 Hours) –Will be completed during speed-casing sessions
- Super Day (1.5 Hours) –Three beginner case interviews conducted by ICA leadership
Total Time Commitment: 15.5 hours/semester
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In order to pass the full case curriculum, members must pass all three super days (the beginner level, intermediate level, and advanced level). Members cannot skip or proficiency out of any level in order to complete the case curriculum.