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  3. Enrol in a 100% free and efficient prep course that will take you through everything you need to know about cognitive assessments. 
  4. Grab a copy of a PDF that reviews all the official PI cognitive assessment sample questions & answers, with detailed explanations and tips.
  5. Get loads of more information and tips about your upcoming Predictive Index test.
  6. Get 12% off my tailored prep course for the Predictive Index cognitive assessment (formerly known as PLI test).

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If you’re in a rush, take the free test. If you have 2 hours to spare, go with the course, you won’t regret it. The test will be available for you in any case!

PLI Test vs PILI Test – It’s the Same Thing!

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PILI), used to be called the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI). In 2015, the Predictive Index company bought it from its previous owners and since then it is found in a number of names:

  1. Predictive Index (PI) Cognitive Assessment
  2. Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PILI)
  3. Professional Learning Indicator (PLI) – for many candidates, the test will still be branded as PLI, and the score report and everything will carry the PLI test name.


Conclusion: Whether you’re looking for a free PLI sample test, or a free PI cognitive test, then the above course is relevant for you as it includes a free test sample in lesson 6 :).

Grab My PILI Sample Test Answers & Explanations PDF

This free PDF provides detailed explanations and solving tips per each of the 20 sample questions that are officially published by the Predictive Index Company. This way you can gain more insight into the test and make sure you understand the reasoning behind the correct answers.  

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What is the Predictive Index Learning Indicator Test?

The PILI is a popular pre-employment cognitive ability test that follows the concepts of classic cognitive ability tests. It is widely used by employers across the globe, and preparing for it in advance can increase your performance.


 Length: 12 minutes

 Questions: 50

 Topics covered: numerical, verbal, abstract reasoning

 Question styles: 9

 Calculator: not allowed


Used by: Top employers (Maersk, Nestle, many more)

Similar tests: Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, Logiks General (Intermediate), Matrigma Test, Revelian Cognitive Ability Test 

Test format:  the Predictive Index Learning Indicator test is built in a way that displays 5 questions on each page. You can navigate back and forth between the pages of the test, as seen in the below illustration:


3 Test Sections & 9 Question Types

Section Question styles
Numerical Number series, word problems, number value
Verbal Analogies, antonyms, verbal analysis
Abstract Series, analogies, common features

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average score on the PILI or PLI test?

At least according to the PLI literature, the average score spans between 17 to 23, depending on different geographies and sectors. But this range also suggests that the average is 20, as it stands just in the middle between 17 and 23.  You can have a look at this link and scroll to page 5/6 to see a sample PLI test score report. You are also very welcome to read our article about  PLI and PILI test scores.

Are the PILI or PLI tests equivalent to an IQ test?

The PILI and the PLI are not official IQ tests. They measure cognitive ability and point at a number of success factors that are related with job performance.

What if I have learning disorders?

Learning disorders such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia can indeed negatively affect your score. You should notify your future employer so that they can make any necessary adaptations.

Is there a verification test?

This depends on the employer. Generally speaking, all employers are advised to use a verification step, as it reduces cheating. Therefore, you should expect to have one test at home (via email) and a second test at the employer’s office.

Can I retake the PILI test?

If you feel that you’ve underperformed due to an unjustified reason (e.g. you got distracted by an urgent matter), then it is best to inform the employer of your wish to retake the PILI test. If the employer uses a verification round, that will likely be your chance to prove your eligibility for the job: A candidate who scores low on the first round but scores higher on the second round will be assigned the score of the second round.

In what languages is the PILI test available?

According to the official Predictive Index FAQ guide (quote): “the PI Learning Indicator is available in 70+ languages”. 

This means you’re likely to be able to take the test in your first language. It is generally recommended to take the test in your first language, as it can affect your score positively (vocabulary and speed of reading effects).

In any case, it is worth consulting with the HR team about this issue. 

Links to Official PLI and PILI Sample Questions

The Predictive Index company provides a PDF with 20 PILI sample questions, which can be found here.  Since the file only includes an answer key with no explanations at all,  we offer an extensive and friendly Answers & Explanations PDF, which you can download via the above button.

In addition, although the PLI was replaced by the PI learning Indicator, there is still a PLI test questions PDF on the internet, as seen here (see pages 16-17). The questions on this file do not include answers and/or explanations, BUT we explain these sample questions, to provide you with even more insight and examples of the real test. 

What Does My Predictive Index Test Sample Include?

My Predictive Index test sample follows the style of the PILI, which is the PI cognitive assessment. It includes 30 questions and a time limit of 8 minutes. It is a mini version of a full-length PI cognitive assessment test and serves as a preliminary way to explore the test’s question types and experience the strict time frame of the real test. In a full-length test you have 50 questions and 12 minutes, which gives you 14.4 seconds per question on average. In my shortened version, you have 16 seconds per question, on average.

In addition, my sample test produces a detailed score report that benchmarks your performance against the population of users who took the test on our website, maps your strengths and weaknesses per question type, and provides an explanation per each question.


Preview What Your Score Report Would Look Like

predictive index test sample score report

7 Tips for a PI Learning Indicator Test Practice Journey

  1. Familiarise yourself with each and every question type through practice (there are 9 question types in the PILI test).
  2. Focus on improving performance in topics where practicing is proven to show the greatest improvements,  for example, arithmetic, verbal analogies, and syllogisms.
  3. Work through specific practice sessions on each topic before you move to take a full-length simulation test (50 questions, 12 minutes).
  4. If you have the time: Practice the tests that are similar in style to the PLI (Wonderlic, CCAT, Logiks). This will help you get used to the 12-minute time frame.
  5. When taking a full-length test, make sure to select an answer choice for each & every question, even those you can’t solve.
  6. When taking a full-length test,  complete the question types in which you feel most comfortable with first.
  7. And most importantly, take our free course which includes a Predictive Index test sample. This is the best way to start preparing for your test.

The Best Way to Prepare for Your Employer’s Assessment

Thousands of employers use the Predictive Index Learning Indicator, AKA the Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment, to select the best candidates for the job. On the 16th page of This file you can see a partial list of employers that are making use of the PILI, and you can see that they come in all shapes and sizes, e.g.:

  • Avis
  • Bell
  • IKEA
  • Maersk
  • New Balance
  • Paranova
  • Rosti
  • Samskip

Preparing for the Learning Indicator test in advance gets you closer to your maximum score potential, and helps ensuring this step of the application will not be your pitfall. 12MINPREP’s free and paid PILI practice resources are the perfect solution for your needs:

  1. Free lessons covering all you need to know about the test
  2. Free predictive index test sample
  3. Curated practice resources to save your time
  4. Explanations to official PILI questions and answers
  5. Paid, full-length practice tests to get you closer to your maximum score potential

Disclaimer: 12MINPREP is not affiliated nor belongs to the PI company which are the owners of the PI cognitive assessment (PILI test). This website solely provides information on how to prepare for cognitive ability tests.

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