Prepare for the PI Cognitive Assessment – Sample Questions, Practice Tests and Study Guide

Last updated 10/2020

Hey, welcome to our actionable PI Cognitive Assessment guide. I’m Michael, PrepTerminal’s PI expert. I am here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment. Feel free to contact me at mike@prepterminal.com.

Cognitive skills, the ability to adapt, learn, and understand new concepts come easily to some, while others struggle with these skills. Either way, when the clock is ticking and we feel pressured to succeed, ideas, and problems we normally find easy to solve may become baffling and abilities we thought we had, elude us. That’s why when taking a cognitive assessment it is necessary not only to brush up on your cognitive abilities but also to have a proven test-taking approach that helps with time management, problem-solving, and shortcuts.

PrepTerminal has created such a certified test-taken approach that will help you ace the test and deal with the time constraints, and help you avoid common mistakes and test-taking traps.

An Overview of the PI Cognitive Assessment

The PI Cognitive Assessment (known as the Predictive Index Learning Indicator) is a cognitive ability assessment test. The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment test measures your general intelligence under pressure, so you will need to think critically and quickly. It is a popular psychometric assessment tool used by thousands of corporations all over the world, mainly, as a key part of their hiring process.

The PI Cognitive Assessment goes by various names. So as not to risk confusion let’s clarify this point here. The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment is also known as the PLI test, Professional Learning Indicator (or PLI), and the PI-LI. So all these names are simply different ways of referring to the same test – the PI Cognitive Assessment. So if you have been asked to take any of these assessments, know that you have been asked to take the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment test.

Why Is The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment Test So Tricky?

Tick, tick, tick, tock… We all know that feeling of being pressed for time. It’s often uncomfortable and can cause us to make silly mistakes. In the PI Cognitive Assessment time is a big factor. You are only given 12 minutes to complete a 50 multiple choice question test, which means that you will need to finish 4-5 questions per minute. This is why the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment test is much more difficult than it may first appear.

We at PrepTerminal believe that nobody should be turned away from their dream job simply because they don’t do well on their PI Assessment, and that is why we have created a 3-step success strategy to help you easily master the PI Cognitive Assessment Test.

Our Predictive Index 3-Step Success Strategy

Our strategy is as follows:

Step #1 – Complete our PI diagnostic tests to assess your initial testing level

In this step, you will get the chance to discover where your strengths and weaknesses lie and practice questions you are having trouble with. Our PI diagnostic tests will act as a benchmark. It will give you an idea of where you began so you can monitor and track your progress and see just how much you improve once you complete our 3-step success strategy process.

Step #2 – Receive PI actionable strategies and sneaky problem-solving methodologies

Once you have discovered the question types that are more challenging for you, we’ll personalize your practice so you can focus on developing your weak areas. In this step, you will learn actionable strategies developed to help you solve all PI question types.

At PrepTerminal we are so confident that you will love and benefit from our PI prep course that we are giving you a limited-time offer to try the first two modules of our PI preparatory course for FREE. You can get a glimpse of our sneaky PI problem-solving tricks, at no cost.

Step #3 – Get sample practice tests, with detailed answer explanations, that mimic the real PI test

The final step includes applying all the strategies you’ve learned, by completing actual PI sample tests. Once you complete a sample test, you’ll have the chance to look over detailed explanations of all your test answers (including the questions you got right). Your score report will show you how much progress you have made. You can continue refining your answers and improving your score until your score is ace. Once you know you can achieve a top score on the PI Cognitive Assessment you can take the real test with poise and confidence.

What is a Good Predictive Index Score

At this point, you may be wondering….How is my PI test score calculated?

Time for a little maths…
Once the PI test is completed, a score is given based on the number of items answered correctly, with no penalty for incorrect answers. The average raw score on the PI Cognitive Assessment ranges from 17-23, but it is assumed that the population average on the PI Cognitive Assessment test is 20 correct answers. Once the raw score is taken, a scale score is calculated between 100-450, with the average score being 250 which is equivalent to a raw score of ~20/50.

Not crazy about math…
Basically what you need to know is that the average raw score is 20 out of 50. This seems pretty low, right? That’s largely because of the test’s harsh time limit. With only 12 minutes to answer 50 problems, you won’t have more than 15 seconds to spend on any individual question. You won’t have a second to spare. That’s why it is so important that you make sure you practice ahead of time and take sample tests.

Predictive Index has produced a table of scores you should aim for based on the role you want.


PI Cognitive Assessment Test Format

The PI contains three general categories: Numerical reasoning,Verbal comprehension and Abstract thinking

PrepTerminal’s PI Cognitive Assessment preparation course explores each question type in-depth, examining the composition of each question to equip you with the fundamental understanding required to overcome the challenging requirements of this test.

On the PI Cognitive Assessment questions are asked on the following 9 subjects:

PI Cognitive Assessment Number Series

You will be given a sequence of numbers and will need to find a connection between the numbers to decide which number comes next. These questions give your prospective employer an idea of how you logically reason with numbers.

The complexity of these questions can vary, ranging from simple arithmetic to more complicated interleaved sequences. When approaching these questions, it is recommended to start by checking for a simple relationship between the given numbers. If you can’t see a simple relationship you will need to examine the question further to see if there is a complex connection.


PI Cognitive Assessment Math Problems

You will be given a series of numbers or fractions and will be required to decide which represents the lowest number in the series. These questions give your prospective employer an understanding of your numerical aptitude.

PI Cognitive Assessment Word Problems

You will be required to solve mathematical problems based on short texts. These questions give your prospective employer information about your general reading comprehension skills, ability to visualize information, and numerical aptitude.

PI Cognitive Assessment Analogies

You will be given two pairs of words. The first pair is shown, and only the first word of the second pair is shown. You will be required to impose the relation between the first pair upon the first word of the second pair to discern what the second word is. These questions give your prospective employer information about your fluency in the English language as well as your ability to think methodically and recognize relationships between ideas.

PI Cognitive Assessment Formal Logic

You will be presented with 2 of 3 assumptions and a conclusion and will be required to determine whether the conclusion is correct based on the assumptions. You will need to choose from three answers: ‘Correct’, ‘Incorrect’, and ‘Cannot be determined based on the information available’. These questions give your prospective employer information about your deductive and logical reasoning skills.

PI Cognitive Assessment Antonyms

You will be given a word and will need to choose the correct antonym of the word (i.e. the opposite). These questions give your prospective employer information about your fluency in the English language.

PI Cognitive Assessment Spatial Awareness

You will be presented with two figures which have something in common. Four figures are presented as possible answers, and you are required to determine which figure does not have the same feature in common.

PI Cognitive Assessment Non-Verbal Analogies

You will be presented with an image that undergoes a certain change. A second image is then provided which is supposed to undergo the same change, and your task is to determine which of four given images is the correct appearance of the second image after the change.

PI Cognitive Assessment Inductive Reasoning

You will be presented with a series of figures and will need to identify a pattern and select the missing figure.

Tips to Successfully Pass the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment Test

To help get you started and to point you in the right direction, we have come up with three valuable PI test-taking tips. These tips will not only help you get off to a good start they will show you what actions you need to take in order to keep up the momentum, so ultimately you can optimize your PI test score.

1. Make sure you practice before taking the real PI test.
You must be prepared before you reach the testing day. There are a variety of practice tests available online – including those offered by PrepTermainal. Taking practice tests is a great way to assess your current testing level and to monitor your progress as you go. The more practice test you take the more familiar you will become with the format and question style of the PI cognitive assessment. It is also recommended to take the tests within the given time-limit as this will help you feel what it is like to work under pressure. You may like to set an alarm clock to help you keep track of the time.

2. Carefully go over your results.
After you have completed a practice test, make sure you review the questions you got incorrect, and the questions you got correct. Read through the answer explanations carefully to ensure you understand what you did right and where you went wrong. This will help you improve the next time around. It will also let you identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses so you can create a focused study plan that will help you hone in on your weaker areas.

3. Review any areas that you are struggling with.
Once you have identified your areas of weakness make sure that you focus on practicing these question types. This will help you earn valuable points. As in the PI cognitive assessment, every point is crucial. Remember that the more practice you undertake, the more chances you will have of optimizing your score and landing your ideal job. It will also allow you to build up your confidence so that when your test day arrives you will feel calm and composed.

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