PRE-EMPLOYMENT EXAMS

What is the Wonderlic Test?

Alex Hollis, Founder & Wonderlic Expert, Beat the Wonderlic

April 12, 2017

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 a good resume and excellent credentials; she has experience at some of the most respected agencies in the business and a Rolodex of valuable contacts.

My sister, Amanda, had to take a Wonderlic test.

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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.

Stressed about wonderlic test

“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 heck is this test?”

What Wonderlic test am I taking? These are the most common Wonderlic tests.

 

Check out the information below to learn more about the most common Wonderlic tests.

If you don’t see a test that looks like the one you need to study for, email me at info@beatthewonderlic.com or chat with me using the chat widget below.

 

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.  

Try a 10-question sample Wonderlic Personnel Test -Quicktest below to get a sense of what taking it is like. 

10-Question Wonderlic Sample Test

In a 3-year period, the revenues of A Corp. (in millions) were 42, 27, and 19; and for B Corp. (in millions): 27, 42 and 16. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?


Wonderlic Question

The words PERCEIVE and DISCERN have __?__ meanings.

Replace the ? in the boxed series below.


Wonderlic Question 2


Wonderlic Answers

VEHEMENT is the opposite of

__?__ is to PURCHASE as HUNGER is to EAT.

An archer misses 60% of his shots. How many shots must he make before he gets 100 hits?

Tickets to a play are $12.00 for adults. Children receive a discount and only have to pay $8.00. If 40 people attend the play and the play brought in $440, then __?__children attended the play.

A company has two office buildings that hold 30,000 employees. Their headquarters contains 14 times as many employees as their overseas branch. Therefore, their headquarters contains __?__ employees.

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


Karl is in line behind Samantha.


Jim is in front of Samantha and Tevin.


Karl is in line behind Jim.

Steve’s utility bill was $25 in March. It was $32 more in April than in March, and it was $19 less in May than it was in April. What was his average bill over these three months?


WPT-Q

– AT A GLANCE –

Taken before a job interview

Minutes

Questions

  • % of people who finish the test in 8 minutes 2%
  • average % score (before preparing) 42%

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WPT-R

– AT A GLANCE –

Taken during a job interview

Minutes

Questions

  • % of people who finish the test in 8 minutes 2%
  • average % score (before preparing) 42%

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The Wonderlic Personnel Test – Quicktest (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.”

It is taken by job applicants, usually after already having passed the WPT-Q.

This test is administered onsite (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.

The average score on the exam is below 50%, and only about 2% of test takers finish all of the questions before time runs out.

Try a 10-question sample Wonderlic Personnel Test -Quicktest below to get a sense of what taking it is like. 

 

 

10-Question Wonderlic Sample Test

In a 3-year period, the revenues of A Corp. (in millions) were 42, 27, and 19; and for B Corp. (in millions): 27, 42 and 16. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?


Wonderlic Question

The words PERCEIVE and DISCERN have __?__ meanings.

Replace the ? in the boxed series below.


Wonderlic Question 2


Wonderlic Answers

VEHEMENT is the opposite of

__?__ is to PURCHASE as HUNGER is to EAT.

An archer misses 60% of his shots. How many shots must he make before he gets 100 hits?

Tickets to a play are $12.00 for adults. Children receive a discount and only have to pay $8.00. If 40 people attend the play and the play brought in $440, then __?__children attended the play.

A company has two office buildings that hold 30,000 employees. Their headquarters contains 14 times as many employees as their overseas branch. Therefore, their headquarters contains __?__ employees.

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


Karl is in line behind Samantha.


Jim is in front of Samantha and Tevin.


Karl is in line behind Jim.

Steve’s utility bill was $25 in March. It was $32 more in April than in March, and it was $19 less in May than it was in April. What was his average bill over these three months?


The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)

 

The Wonderlic SLE has become very popular with academic programs, specifically in the fields of nursing, dental hygiene, radiology, and sound technology.

This exam is a 12-minute, 50-question cognitive ability test.

This test is typically administered onsite (usually at the office during your interview) and is proctored, although you can arrange to take it at home if you live far away from a testing site.

The SLE tests your logic, math, and verbal reasoning skills. Most academic programs will tell you in advance what they require for a minimum score to gain acceptance into their program.

The average score on the exam is below 50%, and only about 2% of test takers finish all of the questions before time runs out.

 

10-Question Wonderlic Sample Test

In a 3-year period, the revenues of A Corp. (in millions) were 42, 27, and 19; and for B Corp. (in millions): 27, 42 and 16. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?


Wonderlic Question

The words PERCEIVE and DISCERN have __?__ meanings.

Replace the ? in the boxed series below.


Wonderlic Question 2


Wonderlic Answers

VEHEMENT is the opposite of

__?__ is to PURCHASE as HUNGER is to EAT.

An archer misses 60% of his shots. How many shots must he make before he gets 100 hits?

Tickets to a play are $12.00 for adults. Children receive a discount and only have to pay $8.00. If 40 people attend the play and the play brought in $440, then __?__children attended the play.

A company has two office buildings that hold 30,000 employees. Their headquarters contains 14 times as many employees as their overseas branch. Therefore, their headquarters contains __?__ employees.

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


Karl is in line behind Samantha.


Jim is in front of Samantha and Tevin.


Karl is in line behind Jim.

Steve’s utility bill was $25 in March. It was $32 more in April than in March, and it was $19 less in May than it was in April. What was his average bill over these three months?


SLE

– AT A GLANCE –

Taken to get into school

Minutes

Questions

  • % of people who finish the test in 8 minutes 2%
  • average % score (before preparing) 42%

Be fully prepared for your SLE in only 3 hours with my self-paced online course.

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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 free access to my online Wonderlic course.

She studied the course for a few hours r 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. 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 and online courses 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 materials also teach you Wonderlic-specific test-taking strategies that immediately improve your score.

We are so confident that our products 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.

 

 

Be fully prepared for your Wonderlic test in only 3 hours with my self-paced online course.

My course includes 5 practice tests and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

 

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