Prepare for IKEA PI Cognitive Assessment (PLI)

What You'll Get

  • 6 PLI-style tests
  • 19 Figural reasoning tests
  • 18 Numerical tests
  • 11 Verbal tests
  • 2 Diagnostic tests
  • Personality test
  • 8 Numerical exercises
  • 11 Study guides & video tutorials
  • Money back guarantee


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The Hiring Process

The hiring process at IKEA generally includes three stages:

  • Stage 1 – The Assessment Center: The assessment center will include both individual tasks, like the IKEA PI Cognitive Assessment Test along with joint exercises to be completed with competing applications. You should excpect to compete with around 10 other applications and get feedback from the assessors along the way.
  • Stage 2 – Interview #1: Based on the results of the various tasks and exercises at the assessment center, you will be invited along with another two or three contenders for personal interviews with a hiring manager. It should be noted that the interview may also include a written test as well. Make sure to ask them questions.
  • Stage 3 – Interview #2: In this final interview you will meet your personal future manager. The interview will focus primarily on your motivations and expectations from working at IKEA.

Sections of the PI Cognitive Assessment

Let's take a closer look at what the three primary categories of the exam:


  • Word Problems
  • Number Series
  • Maths Problems

Verbal Reasoning

  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Formal Logic


  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Spatial Awareness

PI Cognitive Assessment (PLI Test) Framework

  • 50 Question in 12-minutes
  • 5 Multiple choice questions per page
  • Time management clock on screen
  • Immediate test results

Note: You cannot use Calculators

PI Cognitive Assessment Score Terms

  • Raw – Ranging from 17- 23 the “raw score” indicates how many questions you marked as correct. Based on this number the average PLI score is a 20, but it’s important to beat this score and rise above the competition.
  • Percentile – The percentile ranges from 1-100, say you range in the 80th percentile, that means you scored higher than 79% of test-takers.
  • Sub-Score – This simply refers to the various aforementioned 9 test sub-categories.

Note: There is no “negative scoring”, so you will not be penalized for wrong answers. Thus, it is important to mark every single answer, as this can help boost your score.

Sample Questions

Verbal Analogies

Identify the relationship between the following pair of words; then, determine which answer maintains the same logical relationship:

Intricate : labyrinth ::

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A characteristic of a labyrinth is that it is intricate, in the same way a characteristic of a mermaid is that it is mystical.

Math Word Problems

The total cost of an electric bill is $318.00. If 6% tax, which is added to the cost of the electricity, is included in the $318.00, how much did the electricity cost before tax?

Options (in $):

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The bill was for $318 including a 6% tax. Notice that a 6% is added to the net cost - that is, the tax is not 6% of 318, but 318 is 106% of the electricity cost, meaning 318 is (106/100)= 1.06 times the net electricity cost.
In order to isolate electricity, we will divide each side by 1.06.

That means that


Solving tip
Before trying to solve the question, it may be helpful to first look at the answer choices. Notice that according to answer A the price without tax ($337.08) is higher than the price with tax ($318). Since this cannot be, answer A can be eliminated.
According to answer B the price without tax ($19.02) is almost $300 less than the price with tax ($318). We know that 6% of 19.02 cannot be anywhere near 298.92 and we can therefore eliminate answer B.

The two remaining answer choices are very close together, $298.92 and $300. Instead of dividing 318/1.06, we can multiply one of these two answer choices by 1.06 and see if we get 318.
We will check 300, as it is a much more comfortable number to work with.
=3×100+ 3×6

300 is therefore the correct answer. Notice that if we would have first multiplied 298.92×1.06 we would have gotten 316.8552. We could have then eliminated answer D and concluded answer C was the correct answer without checking it.

PI Cognitive Assessment Metrics

The test measures four key metrics related to workplace behavior:

  • A Drive – An employee with high-level patience will usually need a stable and consistent work environment, but will also show more loyalty to the company and stick around for a longer term. This with low-level patience will need constant change, variety, and may quickly get bored. On the other hand, they usually are able to juggle more tasks and take more risks.
  • B Drive – Those employees that thrive via human interaction will infuse the office with enthusiasm, animation, and an outgoing attitude. On the other side of the coin, those with low extraversion is better working with facts and figures, but will be more private in nature, take longer to trust those around him, and be very straight forward.
  • C Drive – If you need patience from repetition and can juggle many tasks, while prioritizing and working in a frantic pace, then you have low patience. Those with high patience often want a stable and steady work environment. Moreover, those with patience tend to stay with companies longer and show more loyalty.
  • D Drive - If you need freedom from rules and regulations, have tremendous spontaneity and flexibility, and prefer to delegate to others, than you have low formality. On the other hand, those with high formality need tine to gain expertise in their field, but is also very scrupulous with much discipline.

Positions Tested For

Here are a few positions that the test is geared for, we have also added a few questions to help you understand what might be asked at the interview:

  • Managerial Positions – Note that you will only be invited to it if you succeed on your PLI and PI tests. In this interview, you will meet a Human Resources representative and several of upper managers who will want to estimate your leadership skills. Prepare to talk about your former strategic decisions and ability to take responsibility for the work of others. Interviewers will also ask you how you inspire high performance in co-workers, train team members, and enable their success and productivity.
  • Demand Planner Position – Demand Planners have a background in applied mathematics or economics, and should know statistics and mathematics exceptionally well. Yet being good at calculating and using a variety of software and computer applications— SAP, ECC, SAS, and APO—are not enough for excelling as a Demand Planner. Strong leadership abilities are also necessary because Demand Planners need to influence people and lead by collaboration the whole sales and operations planning effort.
  • Financial Controller Position – Apart from preparing financial reports, financial controllers also issue compliance audits, monitor internal controls, help with the budgeting process, and analyze various financial data. They also regulate corporate funds and accounts, forecast the development of control policies and procedures.
  • Solution Architect – This position must balance numerous development concepts. In the process of converting requirements into architecture, solution architects also do extensive research targeted at testing technologies and approaches that are indispensable to the architecture. Also, the solution architect is expected to motivate and guide development leads.

How Does the Scoring Work?

Your score will be available upon completing the exam. The test is calculated according to the followoing major terms:

  • Raw: Ranging from 17-23, this tallies all your right answers together. Thus, According to this, the average PI Cognitive Assessment score is, presumably, a 20.
  • Percentile: A score that indicates how you fared against all test takers combined. For instance, if you are in the 70th percentile, then you did better than 70% of all test takers.
  • Sub-Score: Broken down according to the sub-categories mentioned above.

Note: There is no “negative scoring”. Therefore, you will not be penalized for wrong answers, and marking each answer is important, because this can only improve your score.

How to prepare for IKEA's hiring process?

You can prepare for IKEA’s hiring process by purchasing JobTestPrep’s preparation kit that contains PLI and PI tests closely modeled upon PLI and PI official tests, supplied with answer keys and a detailed study guide. With our practice materials, you can significantly improve your results on IKEA’s pre-employment examination and track your progress while you are studying. Tracking your progress with the help of our answer keys allows you to identify and eliminate your weaknesses before you take the actual exam.

The JobTestPrep Advantage

JobTestPrep practice materials include PLI and PI simulation tests that will not only familiarize you with the tests’ formats but will also fine-tune your answers to the tests’ most intricate questions. With our resources, you will sharpen your cognitive abilities to analyze and solve problems, which will help you demonstrate to IKEA recruiters that you can be trusted with designing, planning, and governing any kinds of projects. Our practice materials are also useful for building an impressive personality profile that would emphasize your skills that allow you to convert requirements into design, which are indispensable for solution architects.

Tips for the PI Cognitive Assessment Test

Here are a few tips to help you score even higher on the upcoming test:

  1. Considering that the test has a 12-minute time frame, make sure you practice with the clock ticking.
  2. Learn your strength and weaknesses. It will not be possible to answer all the questions on the test, so focus on what you know, guess on what you don’t, and get as high of a score as possible.
  3. Make sure you take the test in your mother tongue. The test is offered in dozens of languages, this will help you answer questions faster.

PI Cognitive Test FAQ

Is there a cut-off score?

There is no one cut-off score, but there are a number of target scores for different job functions. For instance, Business development maintains a target score of 25, while logistics is 23, and operations a score of 18.

Is there penalty for wrong answers?

No, there is no penalty for a wrong answer when generating your score. With this said, your wrong answers are detailed in the final results even though they do not officially factor into the score.

Is this like an IQ Test?

Not at all. This is an assessment test, which reveals those candidates which have the highest potential for success in the company's various offered positions.

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