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What is the Hogan Assessment?

The Hogan Assessment is the general name for the series of personality and thinking ability tests provided by Hogan Systems. These tests are commonly used by large organizations to select job candidates. They help employers evaluate your abilities using two kinds of tests: thinking ability, and personality questionnaires. Both predict your potential performance based on your strengths, weaknesses, values, problem-solving skills, working style, and attitudes.

Since one of the main goals of the Hogan Assessment is to evaluate your leadership potential, it is often referred to as the Hogan Leadership Assessment.

Get a closer look into the Hogan Assessment tests watching the following video:

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What are the Hogan Assessment Test Types?

Hogan Personality Assessments

These Hogan tests allow employers to answer three questions about you:
Can you do the job?
Will you like the company?
What will get in the way?

Hogan Cognitive Assessments

  • HBRI - Measures your ability to solve problems. It allows employers to understand your thinking process and answer the question- Can you get it right?

The Hogan Judgement Assessment

The judgment assessment combines questions from all the above tests, to assess your decision-making capabilities.


  • Questions: the HPI contains 220 questions, answers are presented on a 4-point Likert scale (From strongly disagree to strongly agree).
  • Time Limit: No time limit, but the exam usually takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

This Hogan test answers the question- Can you do the job?

The Hogan Personality Inventory assessment measures your day-to-day personality, also known as the bright side. It assesses how you relate to others. Employers use this assessment to determine how well you work with others, whether you lead or follow, and if you will be successful as a leader and as a follower.

Skip to an HPI sample question!

Want to learn more?
Go to our HPI Preparation page to get familiar with the HPI scales, important tips, and sample questions.


  • Questions: The HDS contains 170 questions. Answers are presented on a 4-point Likert scale
  • Time Limit: No time limit, but the exam usually takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

This Hogan Test answers the question- - What will get in the way?

The Hogan Development Survey measures strengths that turn into weaknesses under stress, also known as “job derailers”. These behavioural tendencies, or dark side personality traits, are traits that greatly affect how you manage relationships and tasks in times of stress.

Skip to a sample HDS question!

Note: Although we do not currently offer Hogan Assessment Practice Tests for the HDS, our Hogan Personality Test preparation includes a study guide to familiarize yourself with this test format– we’ve got you covered! To learn more go to our HDS guide and get familiar with the HDS scales, tips, and sample questions.


Questions: The MVPI contains 200 questions. 

Time limit: No time limit, takes approximately 15-20 minutes

This Hogan questionnaire answers two questions:
Will you like the company?
Will you be able to succeed in this work environment?

The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory assesses the motives and values that drive your behaviour. It measures your values, core goals, drives, and interests so employers learn about what motivates you and in what job, position, and environment you will be most successful.

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Note: Although we do not currently offer a tailored PrepPack™ for the Hogan MVPI, our Hogan Personality Test preparation includes a guide to familiarize yourself with this test format– we’ve got you covered! To learn more go to our MVPI page.


  • Questions: The HBRI has 24 multiple-choice questions of three kinds: Verbal & logical reasoning, numerical reasoning, and abstract thinking.
  • Time limit: The HBRI is limited to 30 minutes. Your speed is very important here as the time it takes you to answer each question will be compared to other applicants’ timing.

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) is used by employers to assess your reasoning ability. That is, your ability to analyze data, come up with solutions, and make effective decisions. On the test, you are presented with complex sets of data in different formats (such as tables, graphs, shapes, number series etc.), and answer questions based on the data.

We have a video dedicated to the HBRI:

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Want to learn more?
Go to our HBRI preparation page to learn what the HBRI measures and how to prepare for it.


  • Questions: Questions are taken from the HPI, HDS, MVPI and HBRI.
  • Time limit: This test has no time limit.

This Hogan Assessment focuses solely on the way you make decisions. It measures both cognitive ability and the personality characteristics that drive decision making, to evaluate how well can you learn from your mistakes.

Want to learn more?
Go to our Hogan Judgment info page. Although we do not currently offer a tailored practice test for this assessment, learning what abilities this test evaluates is extremely important so that you are aware of what your answers say about you.

Free Hogan Assessment Sample Questions

Go through these Hogan assessment sample questions and answers to get familiar with each test type:

Or, take our full Free Hogan Assessment Test - featuring practice questions from all Hogan assessments.

HPI Example

This is how an HPI question would look like:

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How to answer this HPI question?

Answering ‘disagree/strongly disagree’ here indicates you’re ambitious and energetic, which is great for management and leadership positions. However, for positions that require working in a team and being more attentive rather than leading, answering agree/strongly agree would be a better fit.

HDS Example

This is how an HDS question would look like:

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How to answer this HDS question?

Questions on the HDS are tricky, since a very high score in one trait flags as a “risk” behavior.

Answering ‘disagree/highly disagree here indicates you are likely to be cautious, avoid possible risks and any chance of failing. For certain organizations that are more conservative and steady this tendency may be great. However, this tendency may hold you back if you’re a broker in the stock market, or in any other position that requires taking risks on a daily basis.

MVPI Example

This is how an MVPI question might look like: 

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How to answer this MVPI question?

This question assesses whether you value fun, open-minded, and entertaining work environments, or prefer professional and more formal work environments. To make sure your preference fits the organization you’re applying for, read about the organization, contact people who work there if possible, and try to understand the work environment you’ll be stepping into.

HBRI Examples

Your company recently hired new employees. All the new employees are tech savvy. All the IT personnel in your company are tech savvy. Are all the new employees IT personnel?

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The key to this question is in understanding that a sentence that begins with "all", like “all the IT personnel in your company are tech-savvy”, does not translate to the opposite. All IT personnel are tech-savvy, yet not all tech-savvy people are necessarily IT personnel. It is possible that there are tech-savvy people who work in other departments.

If this is the case, then you cannot know if all the new employees are IT personnel, even though they are all tech-savvy. There is a possibility that they are, but at the same time, they can all work in different departments, since, as established, even though they are tech-savvy, they are not necessarily IT personnel.

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Can you prepare for your Hogan personality test?

Personality Assessments are one of the most frustrating psychometric tests since people often feel their authentic answers are just not enough to pass. This feeling often emerges when taking the test unprepared, but luckily some simple steps will help you ensure your test results reflect your strengths for the desired position and pass without breaking a sweat.

How to pass the Hogan Assessment Tests

Here are a few tips that will get you ready to take your Hogan Assessment:

  1. Understand Which Qualities Are Expected of You

    Since the Hogan Assessments are used to predict your ability to succeed on the job, to do well on it you should first figure out what these required qualities are.
    You can do this by reading the job description thoroughly and talking to people who already work in the same position.

    To make this information accessible and clear, our full preparation includes a job-specific report with descriptions of the traits you’ll be expected to exhibit on the test.
  2. Learn What the Test Measures

    Before taking one of the Hogan personality tests, read about their scales and relevant sample items. This will help you become aware of what your answers say about you.
    This is provided on each of our Hogan test pages, and in further detail as part of our full prep pack. This includes study guides with explanations and tips about the test scales and related questions.
  3. Take Online Practice Tests

    Take the most precise Hogan Assessment practice tests, so that you’ll be ready to answer any question type you’ll see on the actual test.
  • Personality –Trying HPI style questions is important both to start thinking about your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences, as well as to ensure your answers reflect those qualities required for you to come out as an ideal candidate!
  • Aptitude/ Cognitive – Taking practice tests for the HBRI is crucial both to familiarize yourself with its unique variety of questions and to improve your solving speed and accuracy so that you can solve any question on the real test and outscore other candidates.

You can find online Hogan assessment practice tests for the HPI and HBRI on our full preparation, each provides personalized feedback with explanations about your results.

Hogan Assessment Results

Each Hogan Assessment test provides the employer with a report of your personality, comprised of the personality traits it measures. On each trait scale, you’ll be scored according to your responses on related questions, whilst being compared to others in the same position. It is important to note that a low score isn’t necessarily “bad” since the scores for each scale indicate different characteristics. To learn more about the Hogan scoring:

View an HPI sample report 

View an HDS sample report 

View an MVPI sample report 

View an HBRI sample report 


Is The Hogan Assessment Hard?

The Hogan Assessment is a complex evaluation, as each of its tests has unique challenges. Passing Hogan tests is hard, mostly since there are no obvious answers for personality questions, and it is difficult to know what’s expected of you.

Can I See My Hogan Assessment Results?

Your employer may choose to either share your test results with you or simply let you know if you passed to the next level of the hiring process. Since the Hogan test can only be administered by a certified user, your employer would likely receive meaningful feedback about your test results. Therefore, you always have the option to try and ask for that feedback.

Which Employers Use Hogan Assessments?

The Hogan Assessment tests are used in organizations in more than 50 countries. These organizations may be from different industries, including the financial sector, Hospitals, Airlines and more. Here are some of the major companies that use Hogan assessments:





Americal Airlines Johnson & Johnson United Airlines

Delta Airlines




In What Languages Is the Hogan Assessment Administered?

Hogan provides assessments around the globe on its online platform. These are available in 43 languages, you can find the full list on this Hogan languages PDF file.

How Long Does the Hogan Assessment Take?

Each of the Hogan Assessments takes 15-30 minutes to complete. The Hogan Personality Assessments are not timed, however, the HBRI is timed to 30 minutes.

What Is Hogan Leadership Assessment?
Assessing leadership skills for management and executive positions is one of the main goals of the Hogan Assessment Tests. Both for selecting and developing potential leaders, Hogan offers employers a designated leadership forecast series. This assessment includes the HPI, HDS, and MVPI, and is mostly meant for executives.

What is the Hogan Raven test?

Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM-III) is a highly common cognitive assessment that employers use to measure your cognitive ability. The official provider of the Raven Assessment is Pearson PLC, but it is can also be provided by Hogan (under license from Pearson Inc.), often combined with other hogan assessments. You can get a feel for what Raven's APM Questions look like by taking our Raven's APM Test.


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