Everything You Need to Know

The Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment is the new name for the test previously known as the Predictive Index Test or Professional Learning Indicator Test (PLI Test). While the PI Test was re-branded at first as The Predictive Index Learning Indicator or PILI test, this name was discarded, and the PI Cognitive Assessment is the new official moniker of this PI Test. Therefore, if you are told that you are about to take a test that follows any of the names above – know that they all refer to the same PI Test.

The PI Cognitive Assessment is a 12-minute test with 50 questions. It is given to potential employees to assess the skills that interviewers can’t gauge through the candidate’s resume or in person. When hiring to fill a position, employers often assume that if the person has a degree in the required area, he or she will suffice. However, the degree only shows that the candidate has completed the curriculum, not how well they have performed while doing it.

The PI Cognitive Assessment, or Predictive Index Test, is a 12-minute test with 50 questions, which means the most critical factor is TIME.

Hence, the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment is supposed to find those who have earned not only a diploma or a specialization in the respective courses, but also have the desire and the capability to learn and grasp new things. It measures the candidate’s capability under set time-constraints. It is one of the best scientifically-approved management tests in measuring the learning capabilities of job applicants. It predicts thinking capabilities, knowledge acquisition, and much more.

Common and past names of the PI Test:

  • PI Cognitive Assessment Test (current name)
  • Professional Learning Indicator Test (PLI Test) (former name)
  • The PI Learning Indicator Test (PI LI Test) (former name)
  • Predictive Index Test (former name)

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Test Features

Scientifically valid

Companies rely on the PI Cognitive Assessment test because it is reliable, readily applicable, and is science-based. It has a long history of resolving business challenges by providing a positive impact on the company’s performance metrics. It measures the general ability of an employee by following the stringent standards set by organizations like SIOP (Society for Industrial and Psychology), ITC (International Test Commission), and APA (American Psychological Association).

Measure employee’s Intellect

The test was previously named Professional Learning Indicator (PLI Test) since it measures employees’ intellect as it applies to specific job placements. It measures one’s capability to adapt, learn, and grasp new concepts in the workplace. When cognitive tests are used for hiring, people with a higher intellect such as swift learners, problem solvers, and decision makers, are usually the ones who receive job offers.


The PILI Test is quite simple – it consists of 50 questions that you will need to complete in 12 minutes. It has different categories of questions including general ability, verbal, and reasoning. The test aims to measure the candidate’s intellect and processing skills.


Maersk PI Cognitive Assessment (PLI Test)

Maersk, a Danish conglomerate, has been the world’s largest naval vessel operator for the past 20 years. The company is one of many companies using the PI Cognitive Assessment to evaluate job candidates.

The Maersk recruitment process takes typically 4-6 weeks and starts when you submit your Maersk online application. Upon reviewing your application, you will probably be requested to take the PI Assessment Test. If you pass that stage, you will be called in for a hiring manager professional interview.


Technical Facts

The test has a time limit: You will be given only 12 minutes to complete the test and answer as many questions as possible.

The questions

The PLI Test offers 50 multiple choice questions. The difficulty level increases as you advance through the test.

The PILI Test is divided into three different sections:

  1. Numerical Reasoning: Number series, math problems, and word problems
  2. Verbal Reasoning: Analogies, formal logic, antonyms
  3. Non-verbal Reasoning: Spatial awareness, logical reasoning, inductive reasoning


  • Each screen will have 5 questions; you can hop on to any question using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ icons placed at the bottom of the page.
  • The time will keep running on the right side of the screen.
  • Calculators are not permitted.

Availability and language support

Currently active in 50+ countries, the test is available in 70+ languages.


Any organization can take the test for any respective position they wish to hire for.

Results and score

Once the test is over, scores are made available to the candidate instantly.

Results Scale and Interpretations

The Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment test (aka Professional Learning Indicator or PLI Test) has been the most widely used method of hiring employees in organizations. Scoring high on this test will bring you closer to your desired job and position. Organizations who are looking for candidates with strong cognitive abilities – like problem-solving, logical reasoning, processing complex information, grasping new things or implementing new solutions – welcome candidates who pass this test into their workspace.

Organizations believe that cognitive tests reflect the candidate’s ability to comprehend new information and perform well in the workspace. It reflects the mechanism of how the candidate learns, remembers and applies freshly learned things at work, and their ability to carry out difficult tasks. Although these things are very valuable while hiring a person, other factors like experience, personality, knowledge, and cultural-job-fit should also be considered.

Each test is created in such a way such that every candidate receives a unique questionnaire. This minimizes the possibility of cheating and the necessity of repeat assessments. Once the test is completed, the results bar pops-up, with the candidate’s name on the left side and respective score on the right. You will see the complete details of your score in all the subjects – meaning the ratio of answers to questions.

Predictive Index raw score
Predictive Index raw score. Source: Predictive Index LLC

High score

Candidates with a high score (1st quartile) are more likely to have broad and in-depth knowledge of many subjects. They are capable of handling job complexities and are expected to have exceptional learning skills.

Above average score

Candidates with above average scores (2nd quartile) are expected to have the ability to adapt to the changing workplace environment with ease. They are quick learners and are best fit for jobs that have complex challenges.

Below average candidates

These individuals (3rd quartile) can only handle tasks that require a specific kind of knowledge. They need some time to adapt to new skills and absorb changes. Some of them may also be risk takers and may love being challenged.

Low score candidates

The low score candidates (4th quartile) will take more time than any other candidate, but once they are on the job, they will use their experience and skills to learn new things. They are good at doing habitual activities and can solve less complex problems.

As can be seen in the diagram, the scores are reported on both a normalized graph and a quartile distribution scale where The first quarter represents the lower 25% of test takers, and the fourth quarter the upper 25% of test takers.

Predictive Index normalized & quartile distribution score
Predictive Index normalized & quartile distribution scores. Source: Predictive Index LLC


How is PI Learning Indicator administered?

The PI Cognitive Assessment Administrator sends an email with a link and instructions to the assessment. Each link is different and available for one-time use.

Can I retake the test?

Since the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI Test) is a dynamic assessment system, one can issue a second and third assessment online anytime. However, candidates are usually given only a single attempt to successfully pass the test.

Do incorrect answers count?

No. Even if you guessed wrong on a few questions, you don’t lose points for wrong answers. When in doubt, eliminate some of the obviously wrong answers, guess, and move on.

When will I get the results?

After you complete the test, the result will be generated immediately. The report will show your scores with all the necessary details.

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Test Provider

The Predictive Index Company (PI) caters to employers who wish to transform their workforce and hire highly people who are a perfect fit for the position. The company will compare the shortlisted candidate list with the employer’s pre-set job requirements and help them hire the best candidates for the job.

The Predictive Index Company (PI) makes hiring an easy task for the employer. The employer sends a shortlist of candidates to be tested and they do the rest. They will measure the candidates’ capabilities vis-a-vis the specific job requirements and provide a score list based on the employer’s job profile. The PI Company will also assist in behavior assessment, cognitive assessment, job targeting and much more.

In addition, the Predictive Index Company will create the PI interview questions per the employer’s behavioral pattern for the desired job. It will ensure the employer asks the right questions consistently during each interview.

Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with the Predictive Index Company, which is the owner of the Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment.

About this Course

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Welcome to iPrep’s Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment Course.

This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming PI test. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:

  • You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
  • You will be given four full-length PI-style simulation tests. These simulations include similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. They also have the same time limit as the real test. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
  • You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.

3.5 Learning Hours4.5 Practice Tests220 Questions30 Day Access

By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the PI Cognitive Assessment – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.

The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. But first, you will go through an introductory sample test to get a feel for the challenge ahead. In it, you will solve questions with a time limit. Once done, you will have the option to review your answers and question explanations.

Following the introductory test experience, we will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming PI assessment. These lessons will help you understand the underlying technics that are essential for succeeding in the test.

The course is then concluded by simulating full-length tests that accurately follow the structure and concepts of the PI Cognitive Assessment. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.

Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!


Skills You Will Learn




  1. Course Introduction
  2. Warming Up – 15-Question Speed Test
  3. Question Types Introduction
  4. Time Management Tips
  5. Full-Length PI Cognitive Assessment-Style Simulations
  6. Course Conclusion



M.A. Tamir Rubin

Psychology and Cognitive Sciences Expert

Tamir Rubin has been working in the field of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences for over ten years. His experience includes the development of tens of assessment test preparations in subjects such as Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Ability, Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and more.

Rubin has been the Head Of Products for TestPrep, a global leader in assessment test preparation, and holds a Master’s degree from the Bar-Ilan University and a Bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University.


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  1. Lusine A*******
      September 29, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    A useful and practical tool to prepare for the type of examination, great hints to remember and share.

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      September 23, 2019 at 11:04 AM

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    I would recommend this course but take breaks between doing them.

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    I love the tests! Keeps me thinking. I have learned a lot. I wish to time limit was longer.

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    Course way too short, only two pages of very general explanations. But the 5 full-length tests are really worth it.

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    I was skeptical of this course, but was SO glad I paid the nominal amount. My understanding of the test I was to take, and my preparation helped improve my scores significantly.

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    had been in a job for a long time and, when moving, was asked to complete these tests, very difficult if I hadn’t had this practice.

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      July 24, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    So far the expirence has been pretty good, is quite real based on the test I have been taken

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    I found the PI Cognitive Assessment (Predictive Index Test) Practice very useful in identifying areas of weakness where more practice was required.

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    I have passed my online test but could not have done so without this course. When I first took it, it was around 36% but after the practise, the score went up to 72%. Also I really appreciated the response from their staff, Patricia. I thought the test was wrong, but lo, I was tricked and she kindly provided me with an explanation. It taught me to “RTFQ” (Read the Fxxxing Question” and the patterns of the questions especially the non verbal. After leaning the intentions of the questions, I sailed through to the interview. Thank you.

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      July 15, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Great way to get to know the content and the technics behind each question. I found the explanations very useful and the whole experience very engaging! Thank you!

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      July 12, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Solid practice tests to really see where you are, and to see how you improve and change as you continue to practice. I would not be at all surprised if this is the best prep course for the PI that’s out there. Great stuff!

  15. Tao Z**
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    It is great for preparation and always believe that practice makes perfect. Hope everyone is able to pass the test and get the job.

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    Great process.Very beneficial in getting ready for the test.
    I look forward to practising more before taking the test

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    From my experience, if you have to do the real test the same day, finishing all of the preparation tests beforehand will just burn you out and by the time you are done with the preparation your head will be exploding. Or I might be dumb as a door knob type of individual with short attention span of a goldfish.

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    Helpful to prepare although it would be nice if the results told me how long it took to answer each question so I know where I need to focus my energy in practicing.

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