PI Behavioral Assessment Practice Test Questions
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Practice Test Questions - PI Factors

The Predictive Index behavioral assessment takes the two lists of words you select from a list of 86 to decide how pronounced each of the four PI factors are in your personality. This is how your predictive index personality type is determined, and your compatibility with the position and the organization. The four PI factors are:

  • Dominance: represents the drive to exert influence on people or events.
  • Extraversion: represents the drive for social interactions with others.
  • Patience: represents the drive for consistency and stability.
  • Formality: represents the drive to conform to rules and structure.

Each of the 86 words in the PI behavioral test is connected with different factors. 

Which of the following sets of words do you think is most closely related to the patience factor?


Earnest, Responsive, Powerful, Realistic
Judicious, Outgoing, Eager, Easygoing
Persistent, Talkative, Determined, Careful
Exciting, Dominant, Charming, Alert
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct option is the third: Persistent, Talkative, Determined, Careful.

Persistence, determination and being careful are all traits associated with patience, while being talkative is unrelated. Out of all the other options, this one has the highest ratio of words related with patience.

This is an important thing to remember - most people will have words related to all four factors, but it is the ratio of the words that matters. 

Being able to map all 86 words into the four Predictive Index factors and to understand how to best reflect your strengths through them requires deep knowledge of the PI behavioral test, and plenty of practice. To learn more about the Predictive Index behavioral test and how our accurate PrepPack can prepare you for it, click here

Practice Test Questions - Hierarchy 

After you have answered the assessment and the four factors are calculated, a hierarchy or ranking is created which shows how strong each factor is in your personality. Based on the match between the hierarchy that your answers show and that of the position (as well as other factors that are taken into account!), your compatibility is decided. 

Which hierarchy of factors do you think fits the position of a research scientist?

Dominance, Formality, Extraversion, Patience
Extraversion, Dominance, Formality, Patience
Patience, Dominance, Extraversion, Formality
Formality, Patience, Dominance, Extraversion
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct option is the fourth: Formality, Patience, Dominance, Extraversion.

Since accurate scientific research requires strict adherence to rules and regulations as well as a high degree of patience, these factors should be higher in the hierarchy. 

Extraversion and dominance on the other hand are not attributes that are essential to the work of most scientists. 


Did you know that your PI behavioral assessment answers are used to create one of 17 Predictive Index personality types? Read more about the PI personality types  and their unique attributes.  

Practice Test Questions - Selecting Adjectives 

In-depth understanding of the position you are applying for and how your answers correspond with it the first step towards passing the test. See if you can figure out which adjectives suit the job:

You are applying for the position of sales representative. Which adjectives do you think best fit the factor hierarchy?

Esteemed, Dignified, Unassuming, Neat
Easy going, Nice, Sympathetic, Alert
Tidy, Competitive, Charming, Persistent
Factual, Analytical, Organized, Polite
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The typical salesperson needs high levels of dominance and extraversion, while patience and formality are less important. 

The third option contains words that relate with dominance and extraversion, meaning this is the best fit for the position. 

Although many believe that personality tests don't require prior knowledge or preparation, this is a misconception that could damage your chances of making the grade. Learn more about the PI behavioral assessment and how you can enhance your chances of passing it.  

How to Get the Best PI Behavioral Assessment Score

Your results are based on a variety of elements that are extracted from your answers, meaning it takes more than simply selecting the adjectives that appear to fit the job description.

Through the adjectives you choose for your self concept and how you think people expected you to behave, your employer can learn many things: what workplace environment is best for you, how much of a team player you are, how much of a good fit you are with the company culture, how self confident you are, and much more. 

Which of the following aspects of your answers are important to your results?

The number of words you select
The ratio between the number of words you select on each list
The numer of words you select to represent each factor
All of the above
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

All these considerations are taken into account when calculating your PI behavioral assessment results. To ensure your attributes are reflected in the best way, understanding every aspect of the test is essential - and accurate prep is your key to success. 

 The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment

Many candidates who are asked to take the PI Behavioural Assessment are also required to take the challenging PI cognitive assessment (aka professional learning indicator, PLI)- a type of IQ test used to measure elements such as logical reasoning and critical thinking. The predictive index cognitive assessment includes 50 questions, has a 12 minutes time limit, and measures the three pillars of cognitive ability - verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning.

The reason both are used is because the combination of both your predictive index test scores will gives your employer a much deeper understanding of your abilities, and make the recruitment process more accurate.

What sets the PI cognitive assessment apart from other pre employment cognitive ability tests is the intense time limit, which leaves you approximately 14 seconds to answer each question. 

Click here to learn more about how to get a high score on the PI cognitive assessment, and don't forget to try out our highly recommended free predictive index cognitive assessment practice test!

Understanding Your Predictive Index Test Score

First of all, the two Predictive Index tests are scored differently. The PI behavioral assessment relies on a complex scoring system, which takes into account many factors such as how many adjectives you chose and which adjectives are in your self concept list. In this PI test it is less a matter of right or wrong answers, but more about what reference profile arises, how well you fit in with company values and with the job function, and what social interactions you prefer. 

Through the 50 questions of the PI cognitive assessment (PLI test) though, the scoring is more straightforward. Like other IQ tests, there is an average score, a target score which you must pass (though this will be unknown to you usually), and scores for numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, and abstract intelligence. 

To learn more about Predictive Index tests are scored, visit our PI test scores page 


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