The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment

Predictive natural learning ability. Leverage one of the strongest predictors of job performance.

“With our use of The Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment as delivered by Founding Partner Predictive Success, we have seen a 6 month faster time to ramp up of our new hires.”

—Rob Hruby, Vice President of Purchasing & Operations, Weston Forest

minutes to complete
multiple-choice items to solve
measures general cognitive ability

The PI Cognitive Assessment™ as delivered by Founding Partner Predictive Success measures an individual’s general cognitive ability in 12 minutes (extended time is available when necessary) and serves as a critical assessment tool in recruitment and talent management processes.

“When COVID first hit, we needed fast paced learners for specific roles because our industry was hit very hard, and The Predictive Index® [as delivered by Elite Partner Predictive Success] helped us do that.”

– Shannon Clark, VP of Talent Management, Responsive Group Inc.


A candidate’s assessment score is an indication of their ability to absorb and process complex information, and their capacity to deal with the cognitive demands of a given position. Determine an individual’s ability to catch on quick, figure things out on their own, and to meet or exceed performance expectations.

Match to a cognitive target

When using the PI Cognitive Assessment as delivered by Founding Partner Predictive Success, companies should not necessarily look at whether a score is high or low – what matters is if the candidate’s score matches the cognitive demands of the job. To determine the cognitive demands for a job, set a target score with the PI Job Assessment or another standard-setting method. A match score then evaluates how well a candidate’s cognitive ability matches the demands of the role.

How does the assessment work?

The Cognitive Assessment consists of 50 multiple-choice questions from three cognitive ability categories (Verbal, Numerical, and Abstract Reasoning) and nine subcategories. Results from the three categories represents the cognitive score, which is a measure of general cognitive ability.

The PI Cognitive Assessment Training from Global Elite Partner, Predictive Success

This 1 hour online training session provides you with the fundamental knowledge to effectively glean meaningful insights from the results of this assessment. An expert facilitator will walk you through generating Cognitive Target scores for your roles as well as best practices for implementation and administration of the assessment.

10 facts about the PI Behavioral Assessment

  1. When used for hiring, it’s used in conjunction with the PI Job Assessment.
  2. The BA takes only six minutes to complete (on average).
  3. It’s an untimed assessment.
  4. Assessment takers receive two lists of adjectives.
  5. The BA is a free-choice, stimulus-response assessment tool.
  6. Candidates can take it in the language of choice.
  7. It measures four behavioral drives : Dominance, Extraversion, Patience, and Formality.
  8. The BA is a good indicator of a person’s workplace behavior.
  9. After someone takes the BA, they get their unique behavioral pattern.
  10. Assessment takers are also assigned one of 17 Reference Profiles.

10 facts about the PI Cognitive Assessment

  1. It’s used in conjunction with the PI Job Assessment.
  2. The assessment takes 12 minutes to complete.
  3. It’s a timed assessment.
  4. Each candidate experiences a unique set of questions.
  5. We encourage assessment takers to complete practice tests in advance.
  6. Questions span three categories: numerical, abstract, and verbal.
  7. Assessment takers have the chance to answer 50 questions.
  8. The goal is to complete as many correct answers as possible within 12 minutes.
  9. We designed the CA to minimize cheating.
  10. There are no “good” or “bad” scores; view CA results in terms of job requirements.
Foster Employee Engagement

In North America, approximately 60% of employees are not engaged in the workplace. By using data-driven tools to select people with the natural abilities to succeed, it becomes easier to foster a workplace of employee engagement.

“PI Cognitive Assessment ™, delivered by Certified Partner Predictive Success, helps management to identify the best external candidates and internal successors who are usually fast learners and high adapters. It is a great complement of information to the Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment™.”

—Elena Prudnikova, HR Manager, Nespresso Russia

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