What Is the Wonderlic?

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So you have to take a Wonderlic Test.

Just a short while ago, my sister was applying to jobs in the Public Relations/Communications space. She was happy at her job but wanted to move from New York City back to Boston where she grew up.

My sister has an impeccable resume and excellent credentials; she had experience at some of the most respected agencies in the business and a Rolodex of valuable contacts. Former clients swore allegiance to her regardless of what company she worked at; she had a portfolio of exemplary work that would make most job applicants throw in the towel had they been given the chance to review it. But, something was standing in her way of gaining that offer letter she so desired - her recruiter told her that she had to take a Wonderlic test. 

Now, although my sister is quite brilliant and more than capable of becoming a star at the company she was applying to there is one thing she is not: a good test taker. This test was going to punch holes in her candidacy, and she knew it. So, knowing that her brother lives in the test prep world, she called me.

"Hey, I am applying for this job in Boston, and they are making me take some test called a Wonderlic. I have to take one that is 30 questions and then another that is 50 questions if I pass that first one. What the hell is this test?"

 

Just what is the Wonderlic test? A brief history and some context.

The first Wonderlic test was created back in the 1930's by a Psychology student named E.F. Wonderlic in an attempt at creating a short-form cognitive ability test that could be used by businesses to vet potential employees. The original exam was 12 minutes and tested a candidate's math, reasoning, and verbal skills. 

Since that time, Wonderlic, Inc has grown to produce a battery of cognitive ability, personality, and skills exams. This host of exams a lot of confusion. Despite there now being multiple Wonderlic tests, all are colloquially referred to as simply "The Wonderlic", putting test-takers in the precarious position of not knowing with confidence which variation of the test for which they need to prepare. This uncertainty is undoubtedly overwhelming to job and student applicants alike.

Let's demystify this a bit by breaking down the most common Wonderlic tests:

 

What Wonderlic test am I taking? The most common Wonderlic tests.

The Wonderlic Personnel Test - Quicktest (WPT-Q): The Wonderlic Personnel Test - Quicktest (WPT-Q) is an 8-minute, 30-question exam given to professionals during the interview process. The WPT-Q tests an applicant's logic, math, and verbal reasoning skills. The exam is taken on your computer off-site, is not proctored, and is typically administered before you come in for an onsite interview. 

The average score on the exam is below 50%, and less than 2% of test-takers finish the exam before time is up.

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide covers everything on the WPT-Q and is the ebook you want to use to prepare for this test if you have to take it. You can also try our free, full-length WPT practice test here.

 

The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R): A contemporary variation of Wonderlic's first test, this exam is a 12-minute, 50-question cognitive ability test; hence why it is also often referred to as the "Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test."This test is administered on site (usually at the office during your interview) and is proctored. Like the WPT-Q, the WPT-R tests your logic, math, and verbal reasoning skills. Job applicants typically take the WPT-R after having already taken (and passed) the WPT-Q.

The average score on the exam is below 50%, and only about 1% of test takers finish all of the questions before time runs out.

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide covers everything on the WPT-R and is the ebook you want to use to prepare for this test if you have to take it.

 

The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam - Quicktest (SLE-Q): The Wonderlic SLE-Q is very similar to the WPT-Q - it is an 8-minute, 30-question exam that tests logic, math, and verbal reasoning. The main difference with this test is that it is administered to college applicants or those applying to special academic programs.  The SLE-Q is not proctored and is taken offsite. 

Most academic programs will tell you in advance what they require for a minimum score to gain acceptance into their program.

Our Wonderlic SLE Study Guide covers everything on the SLE-Q and is the ebook you want to use to prepare for this test. 

 

The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE): The Wonderlic SLE is a 12-minute, 50-question exam that tests logic, math, and verbal reasoning and is administered as an admissions test for students applying to several colleges and academic programs. The SLE is taken onsite and is proctored.

Like the SLE-Q, most academic programs will tell you in advance what they require for a minimum score to gain acceptance into their program.

Our Wonderlic SLE Study Guide covers everything on the SLE and is the ebook you want to use to prepare for this test.  

 

The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST): The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test consists of two sections. The first section is a 45-question, 20-minute math exam covering everything from operations with fractions to solving linear equations and multi-step word problems. The second part of the test is a 50-question, 20-minute verbal reasoning exam that tests your English grammar and reading comprehension. The WBST is administered to both professionals and students. 

 

How my sister passed her Wonderlic test

When my sister called me, she had the same questions many people have:

A) What is the Wonderlic?

B) OK, which one am I taking?

C) Cool. Now how do I study for it?

 

We talked for a short while, and it was clear she was being asked to take the WPT-Q (30 questions, 8 minutes) first, at home on her computer. If she were to do well on that test, she would be invited into the office to take the longer version of that same test the WPT-R (50 questions, 12 minutes).

Being the good brother that I am, I gave her a free copy of our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide since it covers both tests she had to take. She read it from cover to cover that evening, took every practice test in the book, then woke up the next morning to conquer the real exam. She passed.

 

Your next steps

I want to make sure that our blog posts are actionable. Here is what you should do next:

1. Confirm which test(s) you will be taking. In many cases, your recruiter will just say "you are taking a Wonderlic." It is OK to ask questions. Ask for them to clarify which test you will be taking. If you cannot do that (or the recruiter honestly does not know the official name of the exam), read through our "What Wonderlic Am I Taking?" blog post here. In it, we outline a variety of scenarios and give the correct test to study given that set of circumstances. If you still have questions, please reach out to our experts at any time. We always get back to you within 24 hours.

2. Familiarize yourself with that exam. After you confirm which test you will be taking, familiarize yourself with the exam. Read more about your Wonderlic test in our Free Resources section. Also, try a free practice test (you will also find this in the Free Resources Section. The more familiar you are with the exam, the more you will get out of studying for it.

3. Study. The Wonderlic is intimidating to many people and rightly so - it is a test that determines whether you get a job offer or gain admission into an academic program. However, it is beatable if you study. A lot of people make the mistake of just trying to brush up on some English and math. This is a mistake because the Wonderlic does not really test how proficient you are in English or math - it tests how well you can take the Wonderlic, and the only way to know how to defeat the Wonderlic is by studying.

There are a lot of study guides out there, but we take pride in knowing that ours are built off of real Wonderlic tests - they prepare you for the real thing. Our study guides also teach you Wonderlic-specific test-taking strategies that immediately improve your score. We are so confident that our study guide will help you on your test that we offer a 100% money back guarantee! If you don't feel 100% prepared, you will get 100% of your money back. Our goal is simple: to help you get your dream job or into your academic program.

Check out our prep materials here. We promise you will not be disappointed.

 

 

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What Wonderlic Am I Taking?

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By far, the question we get asked the most at Beat the Wonderlic is "I have to take a Wonderlic test, but which one?"Wonderlic, Inc is a test development company that offers a variety of exams that are all colloquially referred to as the Wonderlic, so there is no surprise

Wonderlic, Inc is a test development company that provides a variety of exams (to read more about this, check out our post "What is the Wonderlic?"). Unfortunately, all of their tests are colloquially referred to as "the Wonderlic", so there is no surprise that there exists a significant lack of clarity when it comes to knowing which test to prepare for. The goal of this post is to help you determine/confirm exactly which exam it is that you will be taking so you can prepare with confidence.

Here is how we set up this post: we give a quote describing a common scenario followed by the test that matches that situation. When you find a quote that matches your status, you will know which test you have to take.

If you do not find a scenario that matches yours below, please reach out to us at info@beatthewonderlic.com. One of our experts will work with you to help you determine which exam you are required to take.

 OK, let's get started:

"I am applying for a job and have to take an 8-minute, 30-question test on my computer before I go to an in-office interview."

You will be taking the Wonderlic Personnel Test - Quicktest (WPT-Q). If you pass this test, you will likely be asked to take the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R) during your interview. 

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide prepares test-takers for both of these exams.

 

"I am applying for a job and have to take several tests on my computer before I go to an in-office interview."

In some cases, you may be asked to take a personality test (or 2) in addition to taking the WPT-Q. We go into great detail regarding the Wonderlic Personality Tests (not to be confused with the Wonderlic Personnel Test) in our FAQ.

We recommend answering the personality tests as honestly as possible and studying for the WPT-Q. Our Wonderlic Personnel Test prep materials cover everything you will see on the WPT-Q.

 

"I am applying for a job and have to take a cognitive ability test."

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test is another name for the Wonderlic Personnel Test. You will likely be taking the WPT-Q at home and then the WPT-R at the office during your interview. 

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test prep materials cover everything you will see on the WPT-Q and WPT-R.

 

"I am applying for a job and have to take a 12-minute, 50-question test."

This is the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R).

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide covers this test in detail. 

 

"I am applying for a job and have to take the same test NFL players take."

This is the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R).

Our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide covers this test in detail. 

 

"I am applying for a job and have to take a math and English test."

This is the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). The WBST is comprised of two sections: quantitative skills (45 questions, 20 minutes) and verbal skills (50 questions, 20 minutes).

Our Wonderlic Basic Skills Test Study Guide covers this test in detail. 

 

"I am trying to become a Subway franchise owner."

This is the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). The WBST is comprised of two sections: quantitative skills (45 questions, 20 minutes) and verbal skills (50 questions, 20 minutes).

Our Wonderlic Basic Skills Test Study Guide covers this test in detail. 

 

"I am applying to a nursing (or other academic) program and was told I have to take a Wonderlic/ SLE. I am taking it at home."

This is the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam-Quicktest (SLE-Q). The SLE-Q is an 8-minute, 30-question test taken by student applicants unable to take a test on campus.

The Wonderlic SLE Study Guide covers the SLE-Q.

 

"I am applying to a college or academic program and was told I have to take a 12-minute, 50-question test."

This is the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE). The SLE is a 12-minute, 50-question test taken by student applicants. 

The Wonderlic SLE Study Guide covers the SLE.

 

If you do not see your scenario listed above, please reach out to us via email or chat with one of our experts!

 

What's On the Wonderlic?

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If you were just told that you need to take a Wonderlic test, then your first question may be, "What's on it?"

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a pre-employment exam that consists of 50 questions that you must complete in only 12 minutes. The Wonderlic is a cognitive ability test (a fancy name for an IQ test) that poses a series of questions that we like to break up into 4 categories: General Knowledge & Quick Recognition, Word Problems, English Knowledge, and Logic. Here is an overview of each along with an example:

 

1. General Knowledge & Quick Recognition (about 20% of the test)

The general knowledge and quick recognition questions make up roughly 20% of the test content and can range in difficulty from absurdly simple to relatively easy. The tricky aspect to this question type is people typically rush through them and lose points.

Example:

Which of the following is the earliest date?

  • May 3, 1986
  • March 31, 1988
  • March 3, 1986
  • May 30, 1988
  • March 13, 1986

 

The correct answer in this case would be March 3, 1986.

 

2. Logic Questions (about 20% of the test)

The logic questions are a bit trickier. These questions are designed to test your ability to answer whether a statement is true or false given specific conditions outlined by rules in the question as well as engage in spatial reasoning and manipulation exercises.

Example:

If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?

James bought Thomas a drink.

Thomas bought Suzette a drink.

James bought Suzette a drink.

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Uncertain

The correct answer in this case would be uncertain.

 

3. English Knowledge (40%)

The English knowledge questions will require you to identify the definition of a word or the synonym/antonym of a word. There will also be analogy questions mixed in.

Example:

The words BENEVOLENT and MAGNANIMOUS have __?__ meanings.

 

  • similar
  • contradictory
  • unrelated

The correct answer is similar.

 

4. Word Problems (20%)

Word problems are the most time-consuming and challenging questions on the exam. These questions test your algebraic knowledge and computation skills. You will not be allowed to use a calculator, but you can use a pencil and scratch paper to work these problems.

Example:

 

Four friends go to a local restaurant for dinner. After finishing their meal, they decide to split the check total evenly among the four of them. Friend N had a bill of $50, friend X had a bill of $35, friend Y had a bill of $20 and friend Z had a bill of $15. How much more money does friend Z have to spend on dinner when the friends split the check evenly than if they paid for their bills individually?

  • $35
  • $30
  • $25
  • $20
  • $15

The answer would be $15.

 

FREE PRACTICE TEST

If you want to get a better idea of what an entire Wonderlic Personnel Test looks like, we have released a full-length practice test for you to check out. Time yourself and see how you do!

Here is where to get your free Wonderlic practice test.

How to Avoid Taking the Wrong Wonderlic Test

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WHICH WONDERLIC TEST DO I HAVE TO TAKE?

Tell me if this is not how the series of events unfolded for you…

1. You are excited about taking the next step in your career, whether that is a new position at your current employer, a new position at a new employer, or in a higher education program.

2. Your resume is perfect, your recommendation providers are eager to bestow their praises upon you; your interview skills are honed.

3. You find out you need to take this funny sounding test called “the Wonderlic”?

4. You Google “Wonderlic” and discover that there is not just one Wonderlic test, but a vast suite of Wonderlic examinations…So, how do you know that this test is the right one?

If this is how you are feeling, then you are not alone and we are here to help.

 

THERE ARE TWO "PATHS" FOR WONDERLIC TEST-TAKERS

The Wonderlic Group publishes a multitude of tests, all of which colloquially referred to as simply “the Wonderlic”, making it difficult to grasp exactly which test it is you will be taking and, henceforth, making it an even greater challenge to prepare.

Although the list of exams is vast, it is actually not as overwhelming and complicated as it seems. Wonderlic exams can be divided into two groups: tests for employee candidates, and tests for student applicants.

Let’s refer to the following chart to review which tests you will (most likely) be required to take depending on whether you are an employee or student:

 

Which Wonderlic Test Am I Taking?

 

You can see in the graphic above that there are two distinct paths depending on whether you are a student applying for an education program or applying to become a new or promoted employee at a company. Either path will typically require you to take multiple examinations.

Let's take a look at each testing path in detail.

 

A BREAKDOWN OF THE DIFFERENT WONDERLIC TESTS

So, depending on which path you fit into (employee or student), here are details on the test(s) you can expect to take:

WONDERLIC TESTING PATH FOR EMPLOYEES

For those seeking employment, you will be asked to proceed through the following testing path:

1a. The Wonderlic Personnel Test –Quicktest (WPT-Q) – This is also sometimes referred to as the Cognitive Ability Pre-Test. The Quicktest is a 30 question cognitive ability test. You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and you will take it online at home.

 

 

1b. The Wonderlic Personality Tests – You may be asked to complete one or more (there are three) of the Wonderlic Personality Tests. These are typically administered along with the WPT-Q, so expect to take these at home online. 

 

 

2. The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R) – If you do well on the Quicktest and Personality Tests, you will be invited to take the Wonderlic Personnel Test. This is another timed cognitive test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This test is proctored and you will take it in the potential employer’s office or a pre-determined testing center near you. The content on this exam is the same as the Quicktest. 

*Click here to check out our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide

 

 

3. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) – If you perform well on the Personnel Test, you may advance to the Basic Skills Test. This test consists of two, timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 45 questions) and quantitative (20 minutes to complete 45 questions). This test is also proctored.

 

WONDERLIC TESTING PATH FOR STUDENTS

For those seeking admission into college, continuing education, or other academic programs, you will be asked to proceed through a testing path that differs from the employment path. Expect the following:

1. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Quicktest (SLE – Q) – The Quicktest is a 30 question cognitive ability test that also layers in a few basic skills questions. You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and taken online.

 

 2. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) – If you do well on the Quicktest, you will be invited to take the full Scholastic Level Exam. This is another timed cognitive and skills test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This exam is proctored.

*Click here to check out our Wonderlic SLE Study Guide

 

3. The Wonderlic Student Placement Tests – If you perform well on the Scholastic Level Exams, you will advance to one of Wonderlic’s placement tests. Unlike the first two exams you took, this test (usually) does not determine your admission status, but helps place you into classes. The benefit of performing well on these exams is that you may place out of preliminary classes, allowing you to save time and money. Conversely, performing poorly may result in your having to take remediation classes that cost time and money and provide you with no credit hours.

There are two tests – the Basic Math and English Skills Test and the Advanced Math and English Skills Test. There are proctored and non-proctored versions of each.

The Basic Test consists of two, timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 50 questions) and quantitative (20 minutes to complete 45 questions).

The Advanced Skills Test is geared towards students seeking advanced degrees. Like the Basic Skills Test, it consists of a verbal section (30 minutes to complete 50 questions) and a math section (30 minutes to complete 55 questions).

What Companies Will Make You Take a Wonderlic Test?

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If you haven't had to take a Wonderlic test yourself, then you are probably only familiar with it - if at all - because you are an NFL fan. This begs the question, "who has to take the Wonderlic?" 

You'd be surprised. 

Fortune 500 companies like BP, civic services, major franchises, utility companies, management consulting firms, and a variety of other companies in various industries utilize at least one version of the exam. Furthermore, a plethora of colleges use different versions of the Wonderlic in their student application and placement processes.

So, whether you are just curious or you are looking to gain an edge in your job hunt, we are building a comprehensive list of companies that use the Wonderlic to help them vet applicants. 

If there is a company that you uses a Wonderlic test during their hiring process and you don't see them listed here, leave it in the comments below and we will add it. 

Also, please note that this is an always-growing list. If you do not see a company listed here it does not necessarily mean that they do not require a Wonderlic test - we just haven't heard of it yet.

 

Companies that use the Wonderlic Personnel Test - QuickTest (WPT-Q) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R)

 

Real Property Management - http://www.realpropertymgt.com/

Altisource Labs - http://www.altisource.com/

Alliance Residential Company - http://www.allresco.com/

Emprise Bank - http://www.emprisecareers.com/

Good Tidings - http://goodtidingscomfort.com/

Always Best Care - http://www.alwaysbestcare.com/

American Woodmark - http://www.americanwoodmark.com/

Sweetwater Sound - http://www.sweetwater.com/

Cleveland Tubing - http://www.clevelandtubing.com/

Queensboro Shirt Company - http://www.queensboro.com/

North Mississippi Medical Center - http://www.nmhs.net/

Lithia Motors - http://lithiacareers.com/

Purebread Breeders - http://purebredbreeders.com/

Ameritas Life Insurance Company - https://www.ameritas.com/wps/portal/corp

Anixter - https://www.anixter.com/en_us.html

Doormark - http://doormark.com/

Global Recruiters Victoria - http://www.grnvictoria.com/

Standard Heating and Air Conditioning - http://www.standardheating.com/

Apple Chevrolet - http://www.applechevy.com/

Sedgwick County EMS - http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/ems/

Nelson Lauver & Co. 

Corrugated Services LP 

Savannah Luggage Works - http://www.savannahluggage.com/

British Petroleum - http://www.bp.com/

Scott Chevrolet - http://www.scottcars.com/Chevrolet/

GRN Tampa - http://www.grntampa.com/

Future Focus - http://www.futurefocusdubai.com/

Clayton County Fire Department - http://www.ccfes.org/go/doc/5475/1681139/

C1 Bank - https://www.c1bank.com/

Tampa Bay Animal & Bird Hospital - http://www.tampabayvets.net/

Redner's Markets, Inc. - http://www.rednersmarkets.com/

Publix - http://corporate.publix.com/careers

Manpower Corporate - http://www.manpower.us/en/About-Us/Corporate-Careers.htm

Dish Network - http://careers.dish.com/

 

Companies that use the one or more of Wonderlic's Personality Tests:

GRN Tampa - http://www.grntampa.com/

Global Recruiters Victoria - http://www.grnvictoria.com/

Purebread Breeders - http://purebredbreeders.com/

Tampa Bay Animal & Bird Hospital - http://www.tampabayvets.net/

Biotronic - http://biotronic.com/

ConMed Linvatec - http://www.conmed.com/

American Woodmark - http://www.americanwoodmark.com/

Cleveland Tubing - http://www.clevelandtubing.com/

Aquarium of the Pacific - http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/

Alliance Residential Company - http://www.allresco.com/

Future Focus - http://www.futurefocusdubai.com/

Always Best Care - http://www.alwaysbestcare.com/

Good Tidings - http://goodtidingscomfort.com/

Future Focus - http://www.futurefocusdubai.com/

BRP - http://www.brp.com/

Wheel City Auto Sales - http://wheelcityapproves.com/

CEO International 

Savannah Luggage Works - http://www.savannahluggage.com/

Peoples Flower Shops - http://www.peoplesflowers.com/

North Mississippi Medical Center - http://www.nmhs.net/

Apple Chevrolet - http://www.applechevy.com/

Sweetwater Sound - http://www.sweetwater.com/

Kramer Beverage Company - http://www.kramerbev.com/

Standard Heating and Air Conditioning - http://www.standardheating.com/

DiPasqua Enterprises - http://www.subwaydipasqua.com/

Doormark - http://doormark.com/

Express Employment Professionals - http://www.expresspros.com/

 

Companies that use the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test:

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative - https://www.smeco.coop/index.aspx

Subway Restaurants - http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/default.aspx

Thank You to Our AMAZING Customers! Our Ebook is #1 Best-Seller!

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THIS IS A HEART-FELT THANK YOU TO OUR INCREDIBLE CUSTOMERS. YOU PUT US AT #1 ON AMAZON.

We launched the Kindle edition of The Complete Guide to the Wonderlic Personnel Test earlier this week and the reception has been unbelievable, leaving the Beat the Wonderlic team honored and humbled.

We have helped thousands of people beat the Wonderlic test via our printable products, but it is exciting to break out into the world of eBooks and be able to reach (and help) our customers on a new platform.

In only a few days, the reviews have been pouring in:

 

WonderlicAmazonReviews

 

We are SO HAPPY about this - not only are people proclaiming their love for our work, but they are getting their dream jobs, which is our company's #1 goal. 

Not only are these reviews exciting, but we thought this was pretty awesome too:

 

Wonderlic Best-Seller on Amazon

 

You have put us at #4 in Education Testing in Amazon's Kindle Store.

Also, you guys did this for us as well:

Wonderlic Professional Training Amazon Best Seller

We are #1 on the Kindle Store for Professional Testing! 

So, again, a big thank you to all of you who helped us get where we are today. It brings us incredible joy to hear these great things from you.