Alex Hollis, Founder & Wonderlic Expert, Beat the Wonderlic

April 15, 2017

The following is an explanation for QUESTION 13 from our Free Wonderlic Practice Test. The strategy listed below is just one of many from my online course, which has helped thousands of people beat their Wonderlic test and land their dream job.


13. The words PERCEIVE and DISCERN have __?__ meanings.

A. similar

B. contradictory

C. unrelated


Similar/contradictory words meanings on the Wonderlic test.


The Wonderlic will give you two words with no context and ask you whether the two words are similar (the same), contradictory (the opposite) or unrelated (the two words mean neither the same nor the opposite).

Your job is to simply decide how the two words are related.




If you do not know what a word means, solve by associating the word with a familiar context.


In many cases, you might not be able to actually define each word given, but you have heard the words used before.

Try to think about a time you heard the word used in the past.

PERCEIVE: I know that I have heard the word PERCEIVE before. A sentence that sounds correct to me or that I remember hearing is “he could not perceive the small item with the naked eye”. I assume that PERCEIVE means “to see” – especially in a careful, scrutinizing manner.

DISCERN: I have heard people use the word DISCERN when talking about being able to identify a slight difference in two things. A sentence that would make sense is “I could not discern any difference between the twins”.

I now can assume that these words are similar since they both are about being able to see or identify small details.



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