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About the PI Cognitive Assessment (PLI) Test

The PI Cognitive Assessment test (also known as PLI test or PI-LI test) is divided into three primary categories including Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Each category will include the following subcategories:


Numerical Reasoning PLINumerical Reasoning:

Number series - These questions will ensure that you can follow a numerical sequence. It will be your job to find the missing digit/s or find the next digit in the series.

Maths Problems - The math problems presented here are based on the four basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Questions in this section include fractions, decimals, rounding numbers, averages, and basic geometry.

Word Problems - Being text-based, word problems force you to reach a solution without the use of visual aids such as charts and graphs. To solve math word problems, you must understand how to translate the wording into a mathematical equation.  


Verbal Reasoning PLI Verbal Reasoning:

Analogies - Here you will be tasked in finding the relationship between different sets of words. Example: As day is to night, so too, is breakfast to (___). The answer would be dinner.

Formal Logic - These questions are designed to test your ability to understand, analyze, evaluate and manipulate arguments. Some of the best examples of verbal logic questions include syllogisms and those for seating arrangements.

Antonyms - Each question will feature a single word accompanied by a list of potential words with an opposite meaning. It is your job to choose the correct option.


Non-Verbal Reasoning PLI Non-Verbal Reasoning

Spatial Awareness - – If you are able to mentally manipulate images in both 2D and 3D, you will do well in this section. You should expect to run into three-dimensional cubes, mirror images, and mental rotations of different shapes.

Logical Reasoning - Logical reasoning tests use logical pattern and shape sequences. Be prepared to answer questions in a variety of ways, including deductively, inductively and abstractly.

Inductive Reasoning - In this section, you will be presented with a series of figures. Each set contains a question mark, and you will have to choose from among four potential options to replace the question mark and complete the series.


Note: The names PI Cognitive Assessment, PLI, PI LI all refer to the same test.

What is the overall purpose of the PI Cognitive test?

Before jumping into the details of the PI Cognitive Assessment, including topics and number of questions, it is essential to give a little background for context.

The overall purpose of the test is to provide the employer with a broad holistic evaluation of the cognitive capacity of incoming job applicants. The test aims to reveal how your brain functions in terms of attention, speed, memory, and visualization. These skills are necessary to ensure that the candidate is capable of handling any number of roles and their complexities. The test measures your ability to do the following:

  • Understand complex ideas
  • Adapt effectively to a new environment
  • Learn from experience
  • Reason
  • Overcome obstacles


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Companies that use the PI Cognitive Assessment test

Below is a table of the most popular companies and organizations that require candidates to successfully pass the PI cognitive assessment.

  • Maersk >>
    Maersk is looking for the best and brightest to join their ranks. From numerical to abstract reasoning, to verbal logic and spatial reasoning, the company wants to make sure you have what it takes to succeed. This test is often used across the board for all positions including customer service, management, IT, human resources, and many more.
  • Ikea >>
    As a major retailer, Ikea is looking for candidates who can best represent their brand. This is where the PLI test comes in. The entire Ikea recruitment process was set in place to ensure candidates can communicate effectively, adapt to changes in the workplace, and perform each of their job duties to a tee. The PLI is used for applicants applying for managerial, financial, and solution architect roles in addition to many others.
  • DBS >>
    Landing a job at the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) can be quite difficult. Your test scores will show your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to following instructions, analyzing and understanding data, your ability to plan accordingly, as well as your problem-solving skills. A high PLI test score will indicate to the recruitment team that you possess the necessary skills to fulfill all the required job duties. The PLI may come as part of the recruitment process for DBS internships and graduate programs, as well as for experienced hire positions such as those for banking, human resources, and risk management.

It's important to note that while these companies are known to use the PLI, they may also require candidates to take other assessments, sit for interviews, or participate in group exercises.

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PI Cognitive Assessment (PLI Test) Framework

  • 12-minute time frame.
  • 50 questions in multiple choice format.
  • 5 questions will be displayed on each page.
  • Keep track of the time by looking at the running clock on the right side of the screen.
  • Exam results are calculated and revealed immediately upon the completion of the test.
  • Note: Calculators are not permitted during the test.

PI Cognitive Assessment Score

When it comes to scoring your PLI test, there are several terms of which you should become acquainted:

  • Raw - The raw score represents the total number of correct answers. The average raw score ranges from 17-23. However, you can assume the population’s average PLI score is 20 correct answers out of a possible 50. Your goal is to score above this average in order to be considered for the role you have applied for.
  • Percentile - The percentile score measures how you competed against similarly qualified candidates. If you ended up in the 65th percentile, it means you did better than 65% of candidates taking the same test.
  • Sub-Score - The sub-score is also broken down by sub-categories mentioned above (verbal, non-verbal, and numerical reasoning).

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.

PI Cognitive Assessment Sample Questions

Question 1: The ratio between yellow flowers and red flowers at the shop was 3:2, if there were 8 red flowers how many of the flowers were yellow?


In order to calculate the amount of yellow flowers we can create an equation between the ratio and the real amounts of flowers, letting the amount of yellow flowers be X:





Question 2: Assent is the opposite of...


The correct answer is refusal.

Assent means 'compliance', so the antonym is refusal. 

Agreement is a synonym. Climb and cooperation are not related.

Climb and cooperation are not related.

Therefore, the correct answer is refusal.



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Tips for the PI Test

Here are a few useful tips to help you better prepare ahead of taking the PLI test.

  1. Most people do not complete the test. Answering 50 questions in 12 minutes is not an easy feat, which is why it is, in fact, rare for candidates to do so. You should only aspire to answer as many questions correctly as you can and try not to worry about the questions you will not reach. You can still get a high score without answering every question on the test.
  2. There is no negative marking.While your score is made up of all your correct answers, you do not lose points if you get a question wrong. For this reason, it is recommended not to leave questions blank. If you feel like you might be stuck, take your best guess and move on to the next question.
  3. You can move back and forth between questions.This means that if you so choose, you can skip questions in your weaker subjects and answer all the questions in topics you are confident in first. That way, you will have collected many correct answers and can spend the remainder of the time trying to earn more, instead of going by order and “missing out” on easy questions near the end of the test.
  4. Calculators are not permitted.While you are likely to take the test unsupervised, remember that you are not allowed to use a calculator. Do not be tempted to use one. Also, brush up on your addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Make sure you can make simple calculations in your mind or with scrap paper. Remember: these questions were written to be solved without a calculator, so do not be fazed.
  5. Improve your vocabulary.Antonyms and word analogy questions require you to know the meanings of words. While context and elimination can help, knowing what the word means is ideal. Doing crossword puzzles and taking vocabulary quizzes can further improve your vocabulary and sharpen your mind.
  6. In the inductive section, when trying to figure out the patterns and relationships, look at the following features: colors, shapes, location, rotation, movement, direction, etc. If you can’t see the pattern at a glance, pick one feature on which to concentrate, and look for a rule. If you can’t find anything, move to the next feature.
  7. Speed and accuracy are the names of the game. Try to create shortcuts like the elimination of wrong answers. For instance, if a math question asks for an average, you should be able to see a couple of solutions which are outside the realm of a possible answer

FAQ About the PI Test

Accessibility – The test is accessible in over 70 languages and is offered in over 50 countries worldwide.
Validity – The test is backed with science and meets the standards of both the APA (American Psychological Association) and the SIOP (Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology).
Exclusivity – The test is unique because it gives the hiring party tremendous insight into your cognitive ability by taking advantage of specially designed algorithms, thus ensuring that a wide range of difficulty levels are adequately tested.
Does the test score indicate my IQ level? - The PI Cognitive Assessment test is not testing your IQ level; its purpose is to check your adaptability and assess your ability to handle complex problems.


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Prepare for PI Cognitive Assessment Test

This test is designed to determine if you have the potential to be an asset to the company you are applying to. The company wishes to ascertain if you have the skills required for the job you are applying for. There are two main difficulties in taking this test. Firstly, the questions are confusing to the untrained eye, which may cause you to make mistakes. Secondly, the test includes numerous problems that must be solved in a short amount of time, making it extremely time pressured.

JobTestPrep has created a comprehensive practice pack to help you prepare for all aspects of the PI cognitive assessment test. Our PrepPack™ includes full-length, timed practice tests. These enable you to get a feel for the actual test and thus reduce anxiety. Practice different types of questions, improve your skills and gain confidence with JobTestPrep's help.

What is the Predictive Index (PI) Behavioral Assessment?

If you have been asked to take the PLI cognitive assessment, you may also need to take the PI Behavioral Assessment too. This test is useful for employers in that it allows them to predict your future job performance and behavioral tendencies. The primary characteristics measured by this assessment are:

  • Dominance: To what extent do you try to control your environment?
  • Extraversion: 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?

Find out more about the PI Behavioral Assessment, how it works, and what your different scores say about you by clicking here.

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