Our assessments

Our assessments have been validated through rigorous scientific testing and research over decades. They’re tried and true: We’ve assessed more than 25 million people around the world and major companies worldwide trust us to help:

  • Avoid mishires, boost retention, and align hiring teams.
  • Reduce turnover and continuously develop, motivate, and retain top employees.
  • Build high-performing teams by aligning on goals and identifying how each individual contributes to the team’s success.
  • Measure, track, and improve engagement with science-backed surveys, benchmarks, and recommended actions.

Over PI’s history, our researchers have conducted hundreds of criterion validity studies for clients, spanning many different industries, regions, and job roles. Our psychometricians routinely refine and test our tools to ensure they’re valid and reliable for everyday use in the workplace.

It all begins in development with careful content validation, field testing, form construction, and construct validation. Our researchers validate new use cases for assessments, monitor the instruments’ performance, and practice continuous improvements to ensure that the assessments continue to yield valuable, interpretable, actionable insights for clients.

Our psychometricians also conduct reliability studies to report the accuracy of scores (internal consistency), stability over time (test-retest reliability), and reliability of the psychological constructs that are measured. These studies help to quantify measurement error of the assessment to ensure scores will support their intended use cases. Reliability studies also help provide guidance to our clients on how to effectively use the results of PI assessments.

The PI Behavioral Assessment™

The PI Behavioral Assessment is an untimed, free-choice, stimulus-response tool that measures an employee’s natural behavioral drives and needs. It’s also far more than a personality test.

PI is your superpower: It lets you understand complex human behavior in six minutes or less—simply by answering two questions. Use the results to predict how individuals will behave in given situations, so you can make great hires, build winning teams, and more.

Employee behavior is a reflection of the unique ways you and your coworkers contribute to the team and organization. By understanding how these behaviors manifest day to day, you can take steps to accommodate your people’s needs, and improve your team as a whole.

The PI Behavioral Assessment, often referred to as “the BA,” measures four behavioral drives that provide a simple framework for understanding workplace behavioral styles. The drives collectively generate a pattern and a Reference Profile that show the extremes of each drive.

The PI Cognitive Assessment™


The PI Cognitive Assessment measures general cognitive ability through three different categories of questions including numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning.

The PI Cognitive Assessment was built and validated exclusively for use in the workplace and it provides insight into a person’s capacity to learn, adapt, and grasp new concepts. It does not measure IQ or previously acquired knowledge (e.g., job-specific knowledge), behaviors, or willingness to make an effort to learn new things. Rather, it indicates how fast an individual can be expected to acquire new knowledge.

The assessment consists of 50 multiple-choice questions from a larger question pool from three categories including verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning. The questions are selected by the assessment’s linear-on-the-fly test (LOFT) engine to ensure equivalent content and difficulty for each administration, while also ensuring that a participant won’t be presented with the exact same assessment twice.

Candidates are tasked with completing as many as they can in 12 minutes. The resulting score, which is the total number of correct answers, indicates their ability to process complex information and their capacity to deal with the cognitive demands of a given position.

More than personality tests, they measure verbal reasoning, cognitive skills, and critical thinking. Armed with this data, along with more quantitative criteria, your business can improve its hiring process and make decisions that are based on objective criteria.

Our assessments provide objective cognitive and behavioral information that are true indicators of a candidate’s job performance, and therefore arm you with additional data points to help you make better informed hiring decisions.