Hogan Assessment Tests Practice Guide [2024]


Amit Atlas

Amit, Hogan Assessment Expert at JobTestPrep.

Updated April 17, 2024・8 min read 


What is the Hogan Assessment Test?

Hogan assessment tests help employers evaluate two types of abilities: cognitive thinking skills, and personality characteristics. Both personality inventories and cognitive tests are used to predict candidates’ potential performance in terms of strengths, weaknesses, values, problem-solving skills, working style, and attitudes.

The Hogan Personality Assessment, or Hogan Leadership Assessment, are general names for the variety of personality and cognitive tests provided by Hogan Assessment Systems to leading organizations that wish to predict future job performance and leadership potential.

5 Types of Hogan Assessment Tests

The questions in the Hogan assessment differ based on the particular Hogan test being administered:

  • The typical Hogan Personality Assessment comprises three Hogan tests: HPI, HDS, and MVPI. These tests feature personality rating questions- ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree), or asking respondents to select from agree, disagree, or uncertain. These questions assess employees' suitability with job requirements, potential obstacles, and fit within the work environment.
  • The HBRI test, administered for roles requiring strong analytical, managerial, or problem-solving skills, comprises multiple-choice Hogan psychometric questions on various topics.

If you're scheduled to take a Hogan Assessment and are wondering what to expect, You can try a free Hogan sample test that we put together in order to demonstrate what it looks and feels like, on a small scale. 


Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI)

This Hogan personality test helps employers answer the question- Can you do the job?

  • 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.


What does the HPI measure?

The Hogan Personality Inventory assessment measures your day-to-day personality, also known as bright side personality traits. 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.


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The HPI is based on the big-five personality model and consists of seven primary scales (with 42 subscales) and six occupational scales, offering insights into typical tendencies for individuals scoring low and high on these scales. The Hogan question above, for example, measures the ambition scale.




Want to learn more about the Hogan Personality Inventory? Visit our Hogan Personality Inventory Practice Course page for insights into HPI questions, results, and preparation tips.


Hogan Development Survey (HDS)

 This Hogan personality test addresses the question: What factors may hinder your ability to perform well?

  • Questions: The HDS contains 170 questions. Answers are presented on a 4-point Likert scale
  • Time Limit: Takes 15-20 minutes to complete, no time limit.


What does the HDS measure?

The Hogan Development Survey identifies aspects of an individual's personality that may become counterproductive under stress or pressure. These traits, known as dark side personality traits, or job derailers, can have a significant impact on workplace relationships and task management during stressful times.



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The HDS assesses dark side personality traits using 11 primary scales (comprised of 33 subscales), that map candidates’ shortcomings and strengths. The Hogan question above, for example, assesses the cautious scale.




Want to learn more about the Hogan Development Survey? Explore our Hogan Development Survey Practice page for insights into HDS questions, results, and preparation tips.


Hogan Motives Values Preferences Inventory (MVPI)

This Hogan assessment test addresses two key questions: Will you find the company appealing, and will you thrive in this work environment?

  • Questions: The MVPI contains 200 questions.
  • Time limit: No time limit, takes approximately 15-20 minutes

What does the MVPI measure?

The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory evaluates an individual's values, core goals, drives, and interests. This enables employers to understand your motivations and identify whether this job, position, and work environment will allow you to thrive.


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The MVPI consists of 11 primary scales that assess candidates' motivations and values across five themes: Lifestyles, Beliefs, Occupational Preferences, Aversions, and Preferred Associates. For instance, the Hogan question mentioned above evaluates the power scale to determine if your attitude towards prestige, authority, competition, and control aligns with the position you are applying to.




Want to learn more about the Hogan MVPI? Explore our Hogan MVPI page for insights into MVPI questions, results, and preparation tips.


Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI)

This assessment helps employers gain insight into your ability to solve complex problems.

  • Questions: The HBRI contains 24 multiple-choice questions of three kinds: Verbal & logical reasoning, numerical reasoning, and abstract reasoning.
  • 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.

During the test, candidates are presented with complex data in various formats, such as tables, graphs, shapes, and number series, and are required to answer psychometric questions based on this information.



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What Does the HBRI measure?

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) is used by employers to assess candidates' reasoning skills, including their ability to analyze data, devise solutions, and make effective, detail-oriented decisions. These are assessed via the combination of ranking on two dimensions of critical thinking:

  • Qualitative Reasoning – the ability to solve problems based on visual data, logic and verbal information.
  • Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to solve problems based on mathematical and spatial information.

For example, an "Expedient Thinker" style describes someone who scores high in qualitative reasoning but low in quantitative reasoning. This suggests that the individual typically approaches problems opportunistically, opts for quick and easy solutions, and tends to make intuitive rather than reflective choices, which can result in low-quality solutions.


Want to learn more about the Hogan HBRI? Explore our Hogan HBRI Practice page for more examples and insights into HBRI questions and results.


Hogan Judgment Assessment


This Hogan Assessment focuses solely on the way you make decisions.

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

The Hogan Judgment test measures both thinking skills and personality characteristics that drive decision-making, to evaluate how well can you learn from your mistakes and improve decision making.


Want to learn more about this Hogan test? Visit the Hogan Judgment test page to learn what abilities this test evaluates.

The Hogan Leadership Assessment

The Hogan Assessment Tests are often referred to as the hogan leadership assessment, since they aim to assess leadership skills crucial for managerial and executive roles. This evaluation comprises the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI), focusing on personality traits, potential derailers, and core values relevant to leadership.

Executive candidates may undergo the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) to gauge problem-solving abilities, alongside the Raven's Progressive Matrices for abstract reasoning skills. These assessments are tailored for individuals aspiring to or currently in management and executive positions, aiding organizations in talent selection and development. 

How to pass the Hogan Assessment Tests

Here are 3 key tips that will get you ready to take your Hogan Assessment:

  1. Understand Which Qualities Are Expected of You Since the Hogan Assessment tests predict your ability to succeed on the job, to do well on it you should first figure out what these required qualities are.
  2. Learn What the Test Measures Before taking one of the Hogan personality tests, learn to recognize what traits each statement assesses, so that you are aware of what your answers say about you.
  3. Take Online Practice Tests Complete practice tests accustomed to the Hogan Assessment tests, so that you are able to show your strengths and answer any question you’ll see on the actual test.


Hogan Assessment Test Practice Course

Although Many believe that a personality assessment requires no preparation, just like any job interview or assessment- presenting your strengths and best self improves with practice. Our team of psychologists and psychometric experts have developed a unique preparation course for any Hogan assessment test you may receive.

  • Hogan Personality Assessment Practice – Practice HPI, HDS, & MVPI style questions with detailed feedback to fine-tune your answers and ensure to exhibit your strengths and qualities required for you to come out as an ideal candidate.
  • Hogan Aptitude/ Cognitive Questions – Practice HBRI questions to improve your solving speed and accuracy and exhibit a high level of thinking abilities, both qualitative and quantitive.

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Hogan Test Results

hogan assessment results are provided straight to the employer in the form of a detailed report comprised of the assessed personality traits. On each trait scale, you are scored according to your responses on a group of related questions, whilst being compared to employees 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. Learn more about the Hogan scoring of each Hogan test:

View an HPI sample report 

View an HDS sample report 

View an MVPI sample report 

View an HBRI sample report 

Hogan Assessment FAQs

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.

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 Hogan Personality Assessment (HPI, HDS, MVPI) typically takes 15-30 minutes to complete, while the HBRI is timed for 30 minutes."

What is the Hogan Raven test?

Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM-III) is a highly common cognitive assessment that measures the ability to identify shape patterns. The official provider of the Raven Assessment is Pearson PLC, but it can also be provided by Hogan (under license from Pearson Inc.), often combined with other Hogan personality assessments.

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PI Cognitive Assessment Practice Test

Leadership Assessment Test

If you have any other questions about the Hogan Assessment, please don't hesitate to contact us at ask_the_team@jobtestprep.com 


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