Maersk PLI Test – Your Success Guide for the 2020 Recruitment Season

Hi There,

Ever since this website aired, many users have contacted me via the chat widget on the website and asked what to do in order to prepare for the Maersk PLI test. They were confused and frustrated about a few issues and I would like to take this opportunity and share with you some information that will help put order into this mess. Please also note the comments at the end of the article, which are my responses to Maersk candidates’ questions. 

 

Maersk PLI Test vs PILI Test: Same Same, Not Different

 

Firstly, to avoid any confusion, if you are applying for a job at Maersk, there’s a high likelihood that you will be asked to take two online tests:

  1. Predictive Index Behavioural assessment. This is a personality test. You take this test only once. If you wish to learn more about it and get important tips for success, check out my blog article here.
  2. Predictive Index Learning Indicator, formerly known as the Professional Learning Indicator, the PLI test, or the PI cognitive assessment. This is a cognitive ability test that lasts 12 minutes and has 50 questions in areas of numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning. The average amount of correct answers candidates get on this test is between 17 and 23. You are likely to take this test twice, for verification purposes.

 

Maersk PLI test as indicator of job performance

Image: Candidate performance indicators according to Maersk’s press release

Why Is Maersk Using the PLI Test?

I was able to put my hands on a Maersk press release from February 2012, which announces the launch of a new selection procedure that will include the PLI test. The title of this press release was New Online Tests Will Secure Standardised Global Handling.

Here are the highlights of this article:

  1. The Global Service Centres received and reviewed more than 50,000 applications yearly! They were looking for ways to improve their hiring procedures, and to save precious time and money that were wasted on paper-based assessments.
  2. Maersk revealed that the Predictive Index behavioural assessment is already in use and that they’re working on a new online system for the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI).
  3. According to Maersk, personality traits count for 10% of a candidate’s job performance,  cognitive ability count for 25%,  and other factors such as leadership will count for the remaining 65%. This basically tells you how your test score would affect your application profile and how important your PLI test score is.
  4. The new online tests will be available in 46 languages. This is very important. Why? Because when it comes to the PLI test, you must do everything you can to take the test in your mother tongue language.
  5. Candidates may still be invited for an on-site test for verification purposes. As I always say, cheating on a cognitive ability test would do no good, since a verification test will prevent you from cheating again and can only get you into trouble.

 

* The press release is still found on Google (just search for Maersk PLI test and you’ll find it). The URL is not active anymore, however, Google automatically generates HTML versions of documents they index, so there’s still an HTML version of this article. You simply need to look for the cached version of the URL.

 

Stress Factor: You Can Handle It, It’s All about Grit!

As for the users who contacted me via the chat widget about Maersk PLI test, one thing was obvious: they were stressed out. To quote one of them:

“I don’t like these tests, these tests shouldn’t determine if you get a job or not”


I totally identified with their feelings. I don’t like taking tests either, especially not when I’m pushed to the corner and being asked to answer questions so quickly (~25-30 seconds per question). BUT…since we cannot change Maersk’s hiring process, we simply have to find a way to cope with this. So here are a few tips to help you out:

 

  1. It is a FACT that preparing for a cognitive ability test maximises your score potential. To quote an official Predictive Index document that is given to HR professionals: 

    “…if someone is used to these types of assessments, he or she will be able to get consistently closer to his or her ‘capacity’ or maximum score…..it is actually ideal when an assessment taker is trained or familiar with the PI Learning Indicator item types, as it gives the company the best possible insight into the candidate’s true potential.”

  2. Your feelings of apprehension and stress are strongly connected to the fact that the test requires you to get back to basic math and logical principles that you haven’t seen for years. For example, the fact that a calculator is not allowed on this test makes it very difficult for some people. Here again, only adequate preparation and practice will solve the problem. Put aside enough hours to prepare for the test in advance and that will already set you on the right path.
  3. The Maersk PLI test score is not the only factor that affects your qualification chances. As seen in the image above,  75% of the factors that make up your candidate profile have nothing to do with how well you score on this test. Remember that and make sure to do your best on the other steps (CV, interview).
  4. It’s all about grit! Grit is (quote) “a powerful motivation to achieve an objective”. You should watch Angela Lee’s 6-minute lecture on TED to get you motivated and ready for the test. 

Now What? It’s Practice Time!

Check my preparation course for the Predictive Index Learning Indicator, which is the same cognitive ability test used by Maersk. There are 9 lessons in this course, and they will help you improve your score potential, for only $29.

I hope this helps :). Please leave a comment below if you found this article useful.

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Ever since this website aired, many users have contacted me via the chat widget on the website and asked what to do in order to prepare for the Maersk PLI test. They were confused and frustrated about a few issues and I would like to take this opportunity and share with you some information that will help put order into this mess. Please also note the comments at the end of the article, which are my responses to Maersk candidates' questions. 

 

Maersk PLI Test vs PILI Test: Same Same, Not Different

  Firstly, to avoid any confusion, if you are applying for a job at Maersk, there's a high likelihood that you will be asked to take two online tests:
  1. Predictive Index Behavioural assessment. This is a personality test. You take this test only once. If you wish to learn more about it and get important tips for success, check out my blog article here.
  2. Predictive Index Learning Indicator, formerly known as the Professional Learning Indicator, the PLI test, or the PI cognitive assessment. This is a cognitive ability test that lasts 12 minutes and has 50 questions in areas of numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning. The average amount of correct answers candidates get on this test is between 17 and 23. You are likely to take this test twice, for verification purposes.
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Image: Candidate performance indicators according to Maersk's press release

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Why Is Maersk Using the PLI Test?

I was able to put my hands on a Maersk press release from February 2012, which announces the launch of a new selection procedure that will include the PLI test. The title of this press release was New Online Tests Will Secure Standardised Global Handling. Here are the highlights of this article:
  1. The Global Service Centres received and reviewed more than 50,000 applications yearly! They were looking for ways to improve their hiring procedures, and to save precious time and money that were wasted on paper-based assessments.
  2. Maersk revealed that the Predictive Index behavioural assessment is already in use and that they're working on a new online system for the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI).
  3. According to Maersk, personality traits count for 10% of a candidate's job performance,  cognitive ability count for 25%,  and other factors such as leadership will count for the remaining 65%. This basically tells you how your test score would affect your application profile and how important your PLI test score is.
  4. The new online tests will be available in 46 languages. This is very important. Why? Because when it comes to the PLI test, you must do everything you can to take the test in your mother tongue language.
  5. Candidates may still be invited for an on-site test for verification purposes. As I always say, cheating on a cognitive ability test would do no good, since a verification test will prevent you from cheating again and can only get you into trouble.
  * The press release is still found on Google (just search for Maersk PLI test and you'll find it). The URL is not active anymore, however, Google automatically generates HTML versions of documents they index, so there's still an HTML version of this article. You simply need to look for the cached version of the URL.  

Stress Factor: You Can Handle It, It's All about Grit!

As for the users who contacted me via the chat widget about Maersk PLI test, one thing was obvious: they were stressed out. To quote one of them:
"I don't like these tests, these tests shouldn't determine if you get a job or not"
I totally identified with their feelings. I don't like taking tests either, especially not when I'm pushed to the corner and being asked to answer questions so quickly (~25-30 seconds per question). BUT...since we cannot change Maersk's hiring process, we simply have to find a way to cope with this. So here are a few tips to help you out:  
  1. It is a FACT that preparing for a cognitive ability test maximises your score potential. To quote an official Predictive Index document that is given to HR professionals: 
    "...if someone is used to these types of assessments, he or she will be able to get consistently closer to his or her ‘capacity’ or maximum score.....it is actually ideal when an assessment taker is trained or familiar with the PI Learning Indicator item types, as it gives the company the best possible insight into the candidate’s true potential."
  2. Your feelings of apprehension and stress are strongly connected to the fact that the test requires you to get back to basic math and logical principles that you haven't seen for years. For example, the fact that a calculator is not allowed on this test makes it very difficult for some people. Here again, only adequate preparation and practice will solve the problem. Put aside enough hours to prepare for the test in advance and that will already set you on the right path.
  3. The Maersk PLI test score is not the only factor that affects your qualification chances. As seen in the image above,  75% of the factors that make up your candidate profile have nothing to do with how well you score on this test. Remember that and make sure to do your best on the other steps (CV, interview).
  4. It's all about grit! Grit is (quote) "a powerful motivation to achieve an objective". You should watch Angela Lee's 6-minute lecture on TED to get you motivated and ready for the test. 
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Now What? It's Practice Time!

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40 Comments

  1. Julius
      February 22, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Good day Gideon!
    I will be writing the PLI test in less than 24 hours, i am thinking, can i skip pages to answer the questions i find most easy and then come back to the ones i don’t?

    1. Gideon
        February 23, 2020 at 8:06 AM

      Hi Julius,

      Thanks for your message. Focusing on the questions you find most easy is a possible strategy on the test, but (!) take into account that the test includes 10 pages and there’s no way to flag a question you haven’t answered. Thus, jumping back and forth between 10 pages will cost you in precious time.

      Therefore, it is best to try and answer each question, and the ones that you find too difficult – to make an educated guess, mark an answer, and move on to the next one.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Imedon
      February 21, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    Hello,

    I took the last 2020 pili test Feb.15th ,pls has anyone receive any commucation from maersk since then?

  3. Abdel-Rhman
      December 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Hi Gideon,
    Thanks for replying
    It only mentioned a note that the test should be done within three days after wich the application will be fully reviewed

    1. Gideon
        December 16, 2019 at 10:11 AM

      Got it.

      I’d reply to this email or send an email to the HR team, asking about the how-and-when those test links should be sent over. Just in case…

      1. Abdel-Rhman
          December 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

        Many thanks Gideon for your following and such efforts really I’m more than grateful

  4. Abdel-Rhman
      December 16, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Hi Gideon,
    Firstly thanks for such article its great
    I wanna ask you, I filled up the application & yesterday I received an invitation mail for both tests but without any links to run through them should I be expecting a mail with the links and instructions or ?

    1. Gideon
        December 16, 2019 at 9:54 AM

      Hi Abdel-Rhman,

      Yes, if the first email did not include any links to the tests, then they should be coming in separately. Check your Spam folder just in case…
      Did the first email mention anything about due dates?

      Cheers,

      Gideon

  5. BLESSING
      November 28, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    goodmorning sir,

    i filled the candidate aplication online 2days ago using the jobsearch.com………what next should i be expecting?

    1. Gideon
        November 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM

      Hi blessing,

      If you successfully pass the initial screening process, then the HR team will contact you and send over some assessments, including the cognitive assessment.
      Let me know if you have more questions.

      Cheers,

      Gideon

  6. Antony Roshin
      November 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Dear sir,
    Good day

    Out of 50 question I was able to attend only 25 question . ran out of time , how will I know my test result.

    1. Gideon
        November 21, 2019 at 2:24 PM

      Dear Antony,

      Your specific test result might or might not be shared with you. You should receive an update from the employer (I assume Maersk?) as you go through the process on whether your performance was satisfactory or not.
      Remember, the test alone does not determine your application chances, there are other factors such as the behavioral assessment, interview and CV. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Gideon

      1. Mohammad
          December 5, 2019 at 11:21 AM

        I applied and got this test from Maersk. I answered only 50% of it. What is the probability to clear this round. I am sure that all of my answer is 100% correct.

        do you have any idea???

        1. Gideon
            December 5, 2019 at 3:25 PM

          Hi Mohammed,

          You mean you saw 25 out of the 50 questions served in Maersk’s test?
          If you are highly confident on your accuracy level in these questions, then 25/50 correct will reflect a score in the 74th percentile of the population.
          The cognitive assessment only comprises part of the total candidate profile, so by itself it would be hard to predict if you make the next round or not.
          Have you already taken the behavioral assessment as well?

          Cheers,

          Gideon

          1. Mohammad
              December 6, 2019 at 3:00 AM

            Thanks you very much for your reply.
            I only attempt till page 5 means 25 questions and answer all of the questions accurately.

            Yes, I am done with both test. 74th percentile is not enough 😟
            If I request HR for another chance will they give. Is it normal tht they give other chance??

            Regards
            Mohammad

          2. Gideon
              December 10, 2019 at 10:32 AM

            Hi Mohammed,

            How do you know 75th percentile is not enough? Were you provided with a required passing score?
            As for a Second chance – firstly, you should expect a second round of testing for verification purposes on-premises. If you score higher on this round, the higher score will then be taken into consideration.
            As for asking for a second chance on the first attempt, this depends on the case. If you feel like you have a strong and compelling case for asking to be tested again, then it’s worth a try.

            I hope this helps.

            G

  7. Aljohn
      September 16, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Hi
    PLI done! and i ve been invite to take The Predictive Index…To give an impression of my personality with
    regards to workplace behaviours and drivers…
    What do you think about the next step?

    1. Gideon
        September 16, 2019 at 11:11 AM

      Hi Aljohn,

      Crossing fingers it went well! Remembers there’s high likelihood you’ll have a second round of testing at Maersk’s offices for verification purposes.
      As for the personality part, don’t miss out my A-Z guide to taking the PI behavioral assessment

      Sincerely,

      Gideon

  8. Neha Sharma
      September 7, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    After test, when result will be come .?? How many days will take time to get result ??

    1. Gideon
        September 7, 2019 at 7:18 PM

      Hi Neha,

      Good question! There’s no fixed date for receiving the results. This depends on the HR team and candidates I’ve spoken with got the results anywhere between 4 days to almost two weeks after test completion.
      Just be patient and I’m sure you’ll get a response from Maersk about your PLI test.

      Hope this helps, don’t hesitate to ask more questions.

      Gideon

  9. Mahmoud
      May 2, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    I had taken PLI Test ,but I only answered 26 questions and i’m So worried whether passed or failed so please advice what minimum score they consider when for PLI test?

    1. Gideon
        May 2, 2019 at 6:25 PM

      Dear Mahmoud,

      Gideon here. I wish to help.

      Firstly, remember that the test alone does not disqualify you from the application. You should expect a second-round test as part of the face-to-face interview step, which means you still have a chance to improve your score! Moreover, if you’re unsatisfied with your performance and you think you could have done better, don’t hesitate to contact the HR team and share with them those feelings. If you prepare for the second round and score well, the first score will not be looked at.

      So there’s still hope 🙂

      If you sign up to my prep course, I’ll be able to help further.

      Sincerely,

      Gideon

    2. Sarun
        July 4, 2019 at 5:50 PM

      I cleared pli test for Maersk lines last year(2018), but couldn’t make it in tech round,so next time if I get a chance to take part in Maersk interview do I need to re do pli or will I get direct tech round?pls reply.

      1. Gideon
          July 4, 2019 at 7:41 PM

        Hi Sarun,

        It is likely that you’ll be asked to take the test again, especially if it’s been more than a year since your last attempt. Do you recall if you took it once or twice last time?
        Feel free to use the website’s chat widget to ask me more questions.

        Cheers,

        Gideon

      2. Rohit Kumar
          October 9, 2019 at 4:11 PM

        Hiii…I want to give this test…this year…I am pursuing marine Engineering final year …I am not getting anything…when this test could be conducted…in which month…what is precisely the website to attend this test or apply for it….plzzz help me…

        Plzz email me….

  10. Srinath Rajagopalan
      April 24, 2019 at 3:39 AM

    Very neatly explained and approach is reasonable. Thank you for your time and details.

    1. Gideon
        April 24, 2019 at 8:35 AM

      Thank you, Srinath!
      Wishing you the best of luck with your Maersk application process.

      Gideon

    2. Okwy
        February 14, 2020 at 8:52 AM

      Hi… I did my PLI this month and was at page 4 (i.e 20 questions) what the pegged 12 minutes go exhausted. And I am very sure of correct15 answers. Do I still have any hope to scaling to the next stage of the recruitment process ?

      1. Gideon
          February 15, 2020 at 2:41 PM

        Hi there!

        Firstly, 15 correct answers on the cognitive assessment is below the global average, which is around 20/50.

        Secondly, while the this score is factored into your candidate profile together with other assessments and data points, it’s hard to say for sure whether it would disqualify you or not. I would say it is likely that in comparison to other candidates with average/above average scores, it will be more difficult to get you qualified for the next step.

        Have you prepared properly for the cognitive assessment?

        I hope this helps and looking forward to hearing from you.

        Gideon

        1. Okwy
            February 16, 2020 at 6:24 AM

          There was
          Internet fluctuation which affected me to properly use the allocated 12 minutes. Is it possible to request to rewrite the exam?

          1. Gideon
              February 16, 2020 at 8:26 AM

            I see, that’s a shame.
            You should definitely ask for a second chance. Tell them what happened and that you believe you can do much better. Hopefully, they will accept your request.

  11. ROPP
      March 6, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Thanks. Then how do I know the results of what I attempted??

    1. Gideon
        March 8, 2019 at 9:16 PM

      Well, you will not necessarily know as this depends on the employer. Most employers prefer not to share exact scores and instead, they simply provide feedback in the form of “you did well on the test” etc.

  12. ROP
      February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    What will happen when you get a system error while attempting the PIL test and you get a re invite link? Do I redo all the 50 questions again? Or the previously answered questions will be counted?

    1. Gideon
        March 6, 2019 at 10:09 AM

      You’ll redo the test with newly shuffled questions.

  13. Mintu
      January 25, 2019 at 5:19 AM

    Good

  14. Vincent
      January 12, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Please what’s my fate, after clicking on the begin button during my Test, the test loaded and as I was about answering the questions that follow it went off. Will still continue with the process or is it end of the road for me. I’m really worried.

  15. Krishna bagulia
      November 26, 2018 at 5:50 AM

    Does maersk PLI test has negative marking.

  16. jimmy nkungula
      October 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    The course is fine

    1. Tinotenda Chivese
        January 11, 2019 at 6:47 PM

      More beneficial and act as a guideline in our dreams to succeed

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