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PLI vs. PILI: what’s the difference?

When applying for a job, prospective employers might ask you to take a PILI test, while others will require you to complete a PLI test. This bears the question; what is the difference between the two?

Well, they both mean the same thing! The predictive Index Learning Indicator (PILI) was formally known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI) until 2015 when the Predictive Index Company acquired it from its previous owners. It is now known as the Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment.

Why the PLI test is important

Some employers believe that as long as a potential candidate has completed a degree or diploma in a certain field, he/she is fit for a particular position. On the contrary, an academic certificate is only an indication that an individual has completed a curriculum; but doesn’t show how knowledge was earned. For this reason, a PLI assessment will help to establish a distinction between those who have earned a degree or diploma and are ready to grasp new things and those who solely depend on their certificates to get jobs. Therefore, it goes a long way in speeding up the hiring process.

Considering that this test takes 12 minutes, it helps employers assess and identify individuals who can perform complex tasks under strict deadlines. It is, therefore, one of the most popular scientifically-backed and approved management tests that can help organizations measure the cognitive ability and learning behavior of job applicants.

What it entails

As mentioned earlier, this test is time-sensitive. You will be given a total of 12 minutes to complete as many questions as you possibly can.

The questions

The test has a total of 50 questions, which are divided into three main sections:

  • Numerical reasoning: This section will test your ability to solve math problems, number series, and word problems
  • Verbal reasoning: In this section, you will be required to answer questions on antonyms, formal logic, and analogies.
  • Non-verbal reasoning: This section typically tests logical reasoning, Inductive reasoning, and spatial awareness.

Before you begin your test, you need to remember the following:

  • In case you notice that you made a mistake when answering a particular question you can go back and correct it using the “Previous” button. If you find a question is too hard to answer, and you are running out of time, you can skip to the subsequent questions using the “Next” button. These buttons are located at the bottom of each screen.
  • You will not be allowed to use calculators for numerical reasoning.
  • Time will not wait for you to solve a problem. It will keep running on the far right side of the screen.

How the test is created

If your friend did this test a few days ago, you might be tempted to call him and ask for a hint on what to expect. If so, you will be in for a rude awakening! This test is created in such a way that every candidate receives a custom questionnaire, which eliminates the possibility of repeat assessments and cheating.  

Test Administration

To take this test, a PLI Administrator will send you an email that contains a link to the test and its special instructions. Keep in mind that every link to this assessment is different, and can only be used once.

Language support

If you are worried that you might not pass the test because you are not an English speaker (though if you have read this far through the article, we would be highly surprised if this is the case), you don’t have to worry! This test is available in over 70 languages and is currently available in over 50 countries.

Results, result scale, and interpretations

Once you have completed the test, results will be relayed to you immediately, with your name on the left, and your score per subject on the right . Also, the number of questions you passed and those that you failed will also be displayed on this screen.

These results will be divided into four categories;

  • High score (first quartile) – This is a score for those candidates who have a wealth of knowledge on diverse subjects. They can complete complex tasks within set deadlines and have desirable learning skills.
  • Above average score (2nd quartile) – This category comprises of candidates who can quickly adapt to a working environment. They learn quite quickly and they can complete complex jobs within a short time.
  • Below average score (3rd quartile) – Candidates within this score can only handle specific tasks in the workplace. They need time to accept change and adapt to different working environments. Nonetheless, they are high-risk takers and love doing challenging jobs.
  • Low score (4th quartile) – Candidates in this category are not failures, but they are individuals who will take more time than others to learn new things and adapt to the workplace. However, when they get the job, they can use their skills and experience to learn new things and perform less complex tasks and habitual undertakings.

Retaking the test

Because the PLI test is a dynamic assessment system, an organization can give candidates the assessment two or three times if the need arises. Unfortunately, most companies will only give candidates a single attempt to pass the test before hiring.

Essential tips for preparing for the PLI test

If you have a PLI test coming up, you might be stressed out and unsure of how to proceed. Well, these tips might cheer you up and give you the confidence to face it without fear!

  • Do thorough research: One of the most effective ways to prepare for any test is to research. Dedicate your efforts to learn more about the test, and read as many resources as you can. Also, identify the strengths and traits that the company you are applying is looking for and capitalize on them. With the correct information and knowledge, you may well fall in the 1st quartile score category!
  • Do multiple tests: Prepterminal’s expertly-composed mock tests contain every question type you can expect to arise in the PLI assessment. By taking these, you provide yourself one of the best forms of preparation you could possibly seek; you will know exactly what to expect in the exam so nothing catches you off-guard.
  • Review your tests: Once you have completed the tests, look at the areas you went south and approach them with confidence. Analyze why you failed, and determine the best strategies you can use to pass them when you finally sit for the PLI test. Don’t forget to check the answers you got right, and determine whether you did the right thing to get the results. Consider guesses as incorrect answers, and do whatever you can to tackle questions correctly and get a good score on your next test.
  • Take a focused test: When you find out that you are not good in a particular area, do some practice test in it. Look for practice questions in the area and do them as many times as you can until you get them right!

For the tips provided above, there is no better form of preparation than with Prepterminal’s comprehensive PLI preparation pack. Expertly composed by our in-house psychometricians, this course is intended to prepare you from the ground up for the PLI assessment, regardless of existing knowledge. Featuring the tips and tricks required to get through this test as effectively as possible, all conveyed through the medium of text and video guides, this course is a one-stop shop for test success.

Preparing for the PLI Assessment

The Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive test or Professional Learning Indicator (PLI) is one of the most widely used methods of hiring employees in different organizations around the world. This is thanks to its user-friendliness, ability to measure employee intellect, and scientific validation. It is also a reliable assessment that measures an employee’s skills by following strict standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA), International Test Commission (ITC), and the Society of industrial psychology.

If your desire is to pass this test and get your dream job, there is no better preparation than Prepterminal’s PLI preparation pack. Expertly composed by our dedicated psychometric experts, this study resource is all you need for comprehensive test preparation. Featuring text and video-based modules, this course is ideal for anybody looking to take the test, regardless of current skill level. Make an investment in your professional career today and get started with our PLI preparation pack today!