The PI Cognitive Assessment Test: Format, Examples, and Practice

Last updated 05/2020

If you have been asked to do a PI Cognitive Assessment Test but are finding the whole idea a bit abstract you have come to the right place. On this page, we will cover in concrete terms what this test involves, including its format, examples and practice.


What is the PI Cognitive Assessment Test?

At a glance…
The PI Cognitive Assessment Test is a psychometric test administered to prospective employees to identify skills that might not be noticed by reading a resume or conducting an interview. The purpose of the PI Cognitive Assessment is to measure a candidate’s cognitive ability, or their capacity to learn and adapt in the workplace.

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The key to success on this test is approaching the test well prepared. PrepTerminal offers a comprehensive PI Cognitive Assessment preparatory test.


Question-Mark What’s on the PI Cognitive Assessment?

The PI contains three general categories: numerical reasoning, verbal comprehension, and abstract thinking. On the exam, you’ll be asked to:

  • Complete Number Series
  • Solve Word Problems
  • Identify Visual Patterns
  • Finish Analogies
  • Answer Formal Logic Problems
  • Give Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Perform Basic Calculations

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The PI Learning Indicator assessment consists of 50 questions, with a 12-minute time limit. Questions are asked on 9 subjects:

1. Number Series

You will be given a sequence of numbers and will need to find a connection between the numbers to decide which number comes next. These questions give your prospective employer an idea of how you logically reason with numbers.

The complexity of these questions can vary, ranging from simple arithmetic to more complicated interleaved sequences. When approaching these questions, it is recommended to start by checking for a simple relationship between the given numbers. If you can’t see a simple relationship you will need to examine the question further to see if there is a complex connection.

Example:

Question: What is the next number in the following series of numbers?

7 – 21 – 84 – 420 – 2520 – ?

  1. 19520
  2. 14830
  3. 17640
  4. 16240
  5. 20140

Answer: C, 17640. The sequence begins with 7 being multiplied by 3 to reach 21, then 21 being multiplied by 4 to reach 84. The number with which the base number is multiplied increases by 1 each time, so 2520 is multiplied by 7 to reach 17640.

2. Math Problems

You will be given a series of numbers or fractions and will be required to decide which represents the lowest number in the series. These questions give your prospective employer an understanding of your numerical aptitude.

Example:

Question: Which number has the lowest value?

  1. 1/3 + 2/7
  2. 2/3 – 0.2
  3. 5/24 + 1/2
  4. 4/5 – 7/16

Answer: D, 4/5 – 7/16. A is equal to 0.62, B is equal to 0.87, C is equal to 0.7, and D is equal to 0.36. Therefore, D has the lowest value.s

3. Word Problems

You will be required to solve mathematical problems based on short texts. These questions give your prospective employer information about your general reading comprehension skills, ability to visualize information and numerical aptitude.

Example:

Matthew and Alex live 220 miles apart. If Matthew is driving towards Alex at 30 mph and Alex is driving towards Matthew at 45 mph, how long will it take for the two to meet?

  1. 2 hrs 25 mins
  2. 3 hrs 15 mins
  3. 2 hrs 45 mins
  4. 1 hr 50 mins

Answer: C, 2 hrs 45 mins. The answer is found by first establishing a combined speed of 80 mph, and then using this speed to calculate that two full hours are taken for 160 miles of travel between the two. This leaves 60 miles to be accounted for, the fraction of an hour taken to travel this distance at 80 mph being given by:

1/80 x 60 = 0.75
We then convert into minutes:
0.75 hours – 0.75 x 60 = 45 minutes
We then add the previously-established 2 hours to reach 2 hours 45 mins.

4. Analogies

You will be given two pairs of words. The first pair is shown, and only the first word of the second pair is shown. You will be required to impose the relation between the first pair upon the first word of the second pair to discern what the second word is. These questions give your prospective employer information about your fluency in the English language as well as your ability to think methodically and recognize relationships between ideas.

Example:

Question: Fear is to Composure as Zenith is to:

  1. Prime
  2. Precipice
  3. Nadir
  4. Optimism

Answer: C, Nadir. Fear is the opposite of composure, just as nadir is the opposite of zenith.

5. Formal Logic

You will be presented with 2 of 3 assumptions and a conclusion and will be required to determine whether the conclusion is correct based on the assumptions. You will need to choose from three answers: ‘Correct’, ‘Incorrect’, and ‘Cannot be determined based on the information available’. These questions give your prospective employer information about your deductive and logical reasoning skills.

Example:

Assumptions:

  • No ghouls are zombies
  • All walking dead are zombies
  • All shape-shifters are ghouls

Conclusion:

  • No walking dead are shape-shifters
  1. Correct
  2. Incorrect
  3. Cannot be determined based on the information available

Answer: A, correct. All shape-shifters are ghouls, all walking dead are zombies, and no ghouls are zombies. Therefore, as no ghouls are zombies, zombies cannot be shape-shifters and as such no walking dead are shape-shifters.

6. Antonyms

You will be given a word and will need to choose the correct antonym of the word (i.e. the opposite). These questions give your prospective employer information about your fluency in the English language.

Example:

Choose the word which is the exact opposite of the given word:

  • Dextrous
  1. Disgraceful
  2. Maladroit
  3. Gallant
  4. Industrious

Answer: B, Maladroit. Maladroit is the opposite of dextrous; i.e., the antonym.

7. Spatial Awareness

You will be presented with two figures which have something in common. Four figures are presented as possible answers, and you are required to determine which figure does not have the same feature in common.

Example:

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The two figures share a common feature. One of the answer figures does NOT share the same feature. Which figure does NOT share the common feature?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

Answer: C.All other figures have a dot on the right side, where the triangle in C has a dot on the left side.

8. Non-Verbal Analogies

You will be presented with an image that undergoes a certain change. A second image is then provided which is supposed to undergo the same change, and your task is to determine which of four given images is the correct appearance of the second image after the change.

Example:

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  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

Answer: B. Each triangle in the square is flipped along the edge furthest from the dot. Answer D is placed as a red herring as it shows some of the correct traits to follow a pattern but not all of them. Bear in mind that some answers may initially look like they make sense, but are not always the ‘most’ correct answer.

9. Inductive Reasoning

You will be presented with a series of figures and will need to identify a pattern and select the missing figure.

Example:

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Which figure comes next in the sequence?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

Answer: A.A new diamond shape is added on the opposite side to that in the previous figure. Additionally, the colors are swapped between sides with each new figure.

PrepTerminal’s PI Cognitive Assessment preparation course explores each question type in-depth, examining the composition of each question to equip you with the fundamental understanding required to overcome the challenging requirements of this test.


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The PI Cognitive Assessment Test: Format, Examples, and Practice

Last updated 05/2020

If you have been asked to do a PI Cognitive Assessment Test but are finding the whole idea a bit abstract you have come to the right place. On this page, we will cover in concrete terms what this test involves, including its format, examples and practice.

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