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The Predictive Index behavioral assessment is a worldwide personality test that measures four primary personality characteristics; dominance, extraversion, patience, and formality. It enables employers to predict workplace performance and behavioral patterns for employees and has been prevalent in the business world for the past 60 years. This pre-employment assessment is used globally by more than 8,000 organizations, from dental businesses to sports teams, and has been translated into 70 languages.

What Is the Predictive Index (PI) Test?

The Predictive Index is a widely-used personality test that is administered on a global scale in various work contexts. It can be implemented during the hiring process, or as an employee coaching and staff development tool. This PI exam takes up to 10-15 minutes to complete and aims at evaluating test-takers’ personality and behavioral traits.

What Does the PI Behavioral Assessment Measure?

From the view of prospective employers, the goal of administering a PI Behavioral Assessment is to predict test-takers’ workplace performance and behavioral tendencies. Employers can assess which one of the Predictive Index personality types candidates fit into, by measuring primary characteristics of their personality.

The four Predictive Index (PI) primary factors

  • Dominance: To what extent do you try to control your environment?
  • Extroversion: To what extent do you seek social interaction with others? 
  • Patience: To what extent do you look for consistency and stability in your environment? 
  • Formality: To what extent do you try to conform to formal rules and structure? 

The Predictive Index Personality Test Procedure

The PI Behavioral Assessment is available in three formats: paper–and–pencil, desktop, and internet-based. Though untimed, the assessment generally takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. There are two pages on the assessment, each containing a list of 86 adjectives. The two lists are identical; the only difference is the instructions.

One of the pages that candidates are provided with requires them to check and mark the qualities that are in accordance with how they think others perceive them and expect them to act. Candidates are then provided with the second page and are asked to mark the qualities that they believe reflects their behavior.  

How is the PI Test Scored? 

Each adjective on the Predictive Index personality assessment is related to one or more of the four PI primary factors. There are 22 dominance, 21 extroversion, 22 patience, and 21 formality adjectives.  

When the Predictive Index is being checked, each adjective gives a 'point' for its related factor, and each factor’s score is computed by counting the adjectives marked under it. 

The Predictive Index Results  

The results of the Predictive Index come in the form of a personality profile, which is represented on a graph. After answering the PI exam questions, test-takers’ results are scored and put into one of three personality profiles, based on their selection of adjectives and patterns of workplace behavior.  

  1. Self – This profile refers to who you believe you are, reflecting your natural drives and needs, as well as describing how you naturally react in certain situations. 
  2. Self-Concept – This profile refers to how you think you should behave in work situations and reflects how well you adapt to your environment and to others’ expectations of you in the workplace.  
  3. Synthesis – This profile is a mathematical sum of the other two profiles. It evaluates your behavioral tendencies at work, as well as others’ perception of you.  
  4. When comparing your results from the “self” and “self-concept” profiles, you will be assessed based on how you feel you should behave in the work environment and how different those behaviors are from your true self. 

Consistency across the two profiles is more desirable since it portrays your ability to remain true to yourself in the work environment. Observing your behavioral traits allows companies to hire the best-suited candidates.  

Predictive Index Affiliates & Partners  

If an organization requires you to take the Predictive Index Learning Indicator test, you will likely be asked to take the Predictive Index behavioral assessment as well. Some of the dozens of industries that use the Predictive Index include financial, manufacturing, business, healthcare, hospitality, and transportation services.  

Below is a table of the main Predictive Index certified partners.  

North County Health Chevron Meridian Aya Healthcare
InterContinental Hotels Group River City Bank JDA Software  Red Gold
Accord Management System Synergy CMC Nast Partners Proactive Signs
HHG Consulting Talent 20/20 Meaden & Moore Oliver Group
Advisa USA Advenir Holding Pte. Lts Cubo Consulting DayTu
AE Herman Associates Breakfree Strategies Hunter-Ross Esperta
Arcos Cascade Employers Association Greenwood MGMT Resources Focal Point Strategies
Human Consulting Group MCG Partners Outside in Leading SHIFT
Inspirit Growth MEA People Lynx Spark the Discussion
Predictive Results Predictive Insight Predictive Advantage Resource PI
Predictive Strategy Group Predictive Success Corp Predictive Advisors Predictive Excellence
Kinsey Management MindWire Praendex Synergy CMC
Intelytics Inc. Pegasystems Perspective Consulting Wipfli
Arcos Advisory Clavis Consultants The Confidant Group GVS Engage
Loyalia People Engines Humanostics The Cornerstone Group

Tips to Help You Prepare for the PI Behavioral Test Assessment Test

When taking the PI exam, honest answers are encouraged to ensure that the job is right for you. With this in mind, it is important to make sure that the descriptive adjectives you check are ones that employers are looking for. 

Below are a few tips to help you improve your PI test results:  

  • Research the employer and the tasks involved in the desired job.
  • Consider every adjective in accordance with the parameters of the job and the goals of the company.  
  • Be consistent in your selection of adjectives. 

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