Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory: Samples & Practice Tests
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What Is the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI)?

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) is one of the Hogan Assessments that assess your cognitive skills. It includes 24 questions that involve concluding from complex sets of data. This allows employers to evaluate your reasoning style- your ability to analyze data, come up with solutions, and make effective decisions.

Is the HBRI timed?

Yes, the HBRI test requires solving 24 questions within 30 minutes time limit. There had also been an earlier unlimited version of the exam.

What Kind of Questions Can You Expect?

The HBRI test includes multiple-choice questions based on three types of data:

  • Verbal reasoning & logic questions: word analogies, logic riddles.
  • Numerical reasoning questions: math problems, calculations (of distance, area and percentage) using data from tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Abstract reasoning questions: analyzing and manipulating 2-D and 3-D figures.

What Does the HBRI Measure?

The HBRI score report provided by Hogan to the employer goes into great detail regarding your cognitive style, based on two components of critical reasoning:

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

The combination of these two reasoning styles is used to explain your general cognitive style. For example, if you score high on qualitative reasoning and low on quantitative reasoning, you would likely identify important problems, but minimize the implications of practical steps needed to solve them.

View all 4 cognitive style categories:
  • Expedient Thinker – typically analyzes problems opportunistically, chooses answers that are quick and easy, and makes intuitive rather than reflective choices, leading to poor-quality solutions.
  • Contextual Thinker – typically identifies important problems but ignores the obstacles to their solution and minimizes the importance of the detailed steps needed to solve them.
  • Analytic Thinker - typically focuses on a problem and the obstacles to its solution, without putting the problem in a larger context and evaluating the need for its immediate resolution.
  • Critical Thinker - This is the most effective type of reasoning style, that combines high qualitative and quantitative reasoning. It means you’ll effectively identify problems, evaluate the short- and long-term benefits of their solution, and implement the most effective ones.

Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory Sample Questions

Take a look at Hogan HBRI sample questions and answers, taken from our full HBRI PrepPack:


hbri sample question 1

*Source - JobTestPrep Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory practice test.

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The correct answer is (C).

The question asks you to find the most efficient way to get from Building 1 (Humanities) to Building 2 (Economics). The only factor discussed in the question according to which the efficiency level of the answer options can be compared is the time it takes to walk, versus cycle, between buildings. Thus, you can assume that by asking for the most efficient way to get from Building 1 to 2, the question actually asks for the fastest way to do that.

You are told that cycling between two adjacent buildings takes half the time it does to walk from any building to the library (the circle in the middle). Note that walking between any two buildings (i.e. from one building to the library, and then from the library to the other building) takes twice the time it does to walk from one building to the library. Thus, if you mark the time it takes to cycle between two adjacent buildings as C, then the time it takes to walk between two building equals C x 2 x 2 = 4C. (If you find it confusing to use variables, replace them with real values. You can decide, for instance, that it takes 1 minute to cycle between two adjacent buildings. In that case, walking between two buildings would take 4 minutes.)

Now, you can go over the answer options and find how much time each takes:
(A)– Walk between two buildings = 4C
(B)– Walk between two buildings + cycle between adjacent buildings = 4C + C = 5C
(C)– Cycle between adjacent buildings + cycle between adjacent buildings + cycle between adjacent buildings = C + C + C = 3C
(D)– Cycle between adjacent buildings + walk between two buildings = C + 4C = 5C

Thus, the most efficient way is (C).

Tip: You can save time by eliminating answer options using common sense. Answer options (B) and (D) both include cycling between adjacent buildings in addition to walking between buildings, whereas answer option (A) includes only walking. Thus, you can eliminate (B) and (D) as they are less efficient than (A).

hbri sample question 2

*Source - JobTestPrep Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory practice test.

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The correct answer is (B).

There are a few factors which make product 2 the best one. One of them, the only one presented as a possible answer, is that it has low costs (manufacturing as well as licensing costs) compared to the other products, which means the correct answer is (B).

Answer (A) is incorrect. While product 1 does have high innovation, so does product 2, so they are equal in that matter and neither is better than the other. Answer (C) is incorrect for a similar reason, since both product 2 and product 3 have high quality.

Answer (D) is incorrect since product 2 is indeed the best choice – it has low costs and high quality, demand, and innovation, and is overall better than the other two products presented.

Looking for more practice? Access online HBRI practice tests, solving tips, additional Hogan HBRI sample questions, and answers, on our full prep pack.

How to Prepare for the HBRI Assessment?

Getting familiar with all the HBRI assessment questions, taking timed HBRI practice tests, and getting full answers and feedback can greatly improve your solving speed and accuracy in this complex test.

Our team of experts has created a unique online preparation for the Hogan Business Inventory, that hundreds of our customers found extremely helpful. Most importantly, it allowed them to complete this exam confidently, as they were familiar and skilled in solving the type of questions they encountered on the actual HBRI test.

Note: If you’ve been asked to take both Hogan’s HBRI and HPI assessments, we recommend our bundle HBRI+HPI practice pack.

Hogan HBRI Sample Report

The Hogan business reasoning inventory results are given to employers as three types of scores: qualitative reasoning score, quantitative reasoning score, and an overall business reasoning score.

The overall business reasoning score indicates your ability to solve complex problems, relative to other candidates. This is how it would look like:

hbri results

The higher the business reasoning score on your Hogan business reasoning inventory assessment,  the higher your chances are to stand out as a successful problem-solver and outshine your competition. 

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