The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) – Full Guide [2024]

The Hogan MVPI test is designed to measure a candidate's personal motives and values, and assess how well they align with the job and the employer's culture.

The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) is Hogan’s third, least-known personality test, alongside the Hogan HPI and the Hogan HDS.

The MVPI test will nearly always be administered alongside these two and deals with assessing your values and how they are expressed in your beliefs, behaviors, and relationships.

As with all of Hogan’s tests, the MVPI also uses an unconventional formatting, which makes going through this test a baffling experience for inexperienced candidates.

The following guide covers the MVPI in great detail, including the 11 scales and 33 subscales, free sample questions, and tips for success.

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What Is the Hogan MVPI Test?

The Hogan MVPI (Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory) test is a personality test provided by Hogan. The test aims to assess one’s interests, goals, and values, especially in a job-related setting.

The test contains 200 statements and is officially untimed. You are expected to complete the test within around 20 minutes.

Employers mostly use the MVPI test to evaluate a candidate’s match to their organizational culture and values.

Test Structure and Question Format

The Hogan MVPI Test contains 200 statements describing you. You should mark the statement as either “Agree”, “Disagree”, or “Uncertain”.

Here are some examples for statements that may appear on the assessment:

  • I prefer sticking to a plan.
  • Science is the only way to advance society.
  • Most of my friends are kind people.

Being a personality profiling test, answers to particular questions on the Hogan MVPI test are meaningless. What matters is your overall profile. In the Free Practice section, we give a detailed overview of sample questions and recommended answers.

What Does the Hogan Personality Assessment Measure?

The Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory assesses 10 main scales. Each of these scales is divided into 5 aspects, referred to as subscales, which repeat across all scales.

MVPI Main Scales

The 10 main MVPI scales measure basic values upon which people base their preferences and motives. These are:

  • Aesthetics – appreciation and concern for beauty, design, and self-expression.
  • Affiliation – enjoyment and need for social interaction.
  • Altruistic – the will to help other individuals and society as a whole.
  • Commerce – interest in money and possible profits and opportunities.
  • Hedonism – inclination to seek fun and pleasure.
  • Power – desire for control, influence, and status.
  • Recognition – tendency to value and seek attention and approval.
  • Science – interest in knowledge, research, and technology.
  • Security – the need for stability and predictability.
  • Tradition – personal commitment to one’s own beliefs.

MVPI Subscales (Themes)

The 5 MVPI subscales measured for each scale indicate in what aspects of life the main scale comes into play.

We’ll demonstrate the MVPI subscales with a the main scale of Power.


The person holds negative views towards things or people that contradict this value.

“I dislike people who are happy being told what to do.”


The person bases universal ideals and life goals on this value.

“I strive to have a major impact on others.”


The person actively lives a lifestyle that follows this value.

“Within a group, I usually take the lead.”

Occupational Preferences

The person seeks a career that is characterized by this value.

“My idea of a career is senior management.”

Preferred Associates

The person wishes to interact with people sharing the same value.

“I surround myself with influential people.”

The interface of the MVPI test is similar to other Hogan tests, with the exception of 3 answer options instead of 2:

Hogan MVPI Test Interface

  • Each screen contains several statements about you (usually 6).
  • Each statement is related to one of 10 main scales, divided into 5 subscales/themes.
  • Unlike in the HPI or the HDS, every main scale has the same 5 subscales. (Read more about scales in the Test Overview section.
  • Statements can be marked as either “Agree”, “Disagree”, or “Undecided”.
  • Your scale and subscale scores are determined by the number of “True” choices. See more in the the Scoring section.
  • You can go back to previous screens and change answers (but that’s usually not recommended).

Hogan MVPI Free Practice Test

In this section, we will show several sample questions adapted from the Hogan MVPI.

However, since the MVPI is a very personal test that mostly assesses your personal preferences, we are not going to give any answer recommendations.

The main issue here is to identify which scale and subscale each statement represents.

Good luck!

Statement #1

I prefer working in a place where results are available for everyone to see.

Scale and Subscale

Scale: Recognition

Subscale: Occupational Preferences


Statement #2

Most of my friends are party-people.

Scale and Subscale

Scale: Hedonism

Subscale: Preferred Associates


Statement #3

I do my best to help others whenever I can.

Scale and Subscale

Scale: Altruism

Subscale: Lifestyle


Statement #4

A stable life is a better life.

Suggested Answer

Scale: Security

Subscale: Beliefs


Statement #5

I dislike people who do not like reading.

Suggested Answer

Scale: Science

Subscale: Aversions


Want to try some more Hogan-style questions? Check out the free sample HPI Free Test and the HDS Free Test.

MVPI Test Scoring

How Is the Hogan MVPI Test Scored?

The MVPI is scored similarly to the two other Hogan personality tests – the Hogan HPI and the Hogan HDS. That is intended to maintain consistency among the different tests, in order to provide employers with a unified image of every candidate.

Here’s how the scoring for an MVPI scale generally looks like:

Hogan MVPI Scoring

  • The MVPI assesses 11 main scales, divided into 33 subscales.
  • Each of the 200 test statements is related to one subscale and one main scale.
  • Each subscale on the test contains between 3 and 6 statements.
  • For every statement you mark, you get points for that subscale accordingly. Hogan does not reveal how many points are gained, but according to their scale interpretation guide, it sems that “Disagree” earns one point, “Undecided” earns 2, and “Agree” earns 3.
  • For instance, marking “Disagree” in the statement “A stable life is a better life” will gain you one point for the Beliefs subscale in the Security main scale.
  • The calculated score is a combination of your raw scores on the subscales with a percentile score on the main scale.
  • The subscale scores provide extra interpretation and depth for the main scale scores.

All information is adapted from the Hogan Subscale Interpretation Guide.

What Is a Good Score on the MVPI Test?

That question is very tricky in personality tests, and it is extra tricky in the case of the MVPI. That’s because while we can very intuitively pass judgment on more and less desirable personality traits, there really aren’t “preferable” values and motives.

It is important to remember that the Hogan MVPI test is used as an additional tool for gaining further insight on candidates, and not as a standalone test.

MVPI Test Tips

Considering all the unique features of the Hogan MVPI Test, there really are only two tips we can give you:

Tip #1 – Learn About Other Hogan Tests

The MVPI is almost never taken alone, but rather in conjunction with other Hogan tests. Most commonly, these tests are Hogan’s other personality tests, the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) and the Hogan Development Survey (HDS).

If you are applying for a management position, you are also likely to take the cognitive Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) test.

Read more about these tests, that will have a much greater impact on your overall chances of success in the hiring process.

Tip #2 – Consider Your Employer’s Organizational Culture

Nearly every major employer has an organizational culture / values / mission statement page. This page details the company’s values and the kinds of traits they want their employees to have.

The employer’s values page is always a good place to look at when applying for a job – and it can offer a great starting point as to what values and motives the company is after.

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