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Test your intelligence: Take the Wonderlic test here
We all know that NFL teams make their draft picks based on size, speed, personality and potential.
But there’s another element that has as much to do with shaping the NFL Draft — which runs Thursday through Saturday in New York City — as any of those other traits. This one has a name. It’s called the Wonderlic Personnel Test and it’s taken by all draft prospects during the NFL’s four or five months of evaluations that lead up to the draft.
Ever wondered how you would score on the famed Wonderlic test? Keep scrolling and you’ll get your chance to find out.
Surely you’ve heard of the test. It’s 50 questions, most are multiple choice or true/false and it’s given during a set time limit. For the sample test below, you’ll get five minutes to answer 14 questions so be sure to use your time wisely. Remember, not getting to a question is the same as getting it wrong.
Before we get to the sample test, here’s a little history about the Wonderlic.
Although it has existed for decades, the Wonderlic test was made famous by former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young and his well-documented struggles in 2006, when he was reported to have scored a six out of 50. That was on the first try. VY took the test again — evidently, you’re allowed to take it as many times as you like — and scored a more-respectable 15.
A score of 20 projects average intelligence and it is believed that former Cincinnati Bengals punter Pat McInally (1976-85) is the only player ever to register a verified perfect score.
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick — who like McInally graduated from Harvard — also was rumored to have registered a perfect score, but it was reported that Fitzpatrick denied that, claiming he left at least one of the 50 questions blank. Perhaps the more amazing part about Fitzpatrick’s test is that he was done in just nine minutes. That claim was verified by The Wall Street Journal, which later reported that Fitzpatrick’s actual score was a 48.
Here are some interesting facts about past Wonderlic scores.
The following is the average score by position:
Offensive Tackle – 26
Center – 25
Quarterback – 24
Guard – 23
Tight End – 22
Safety – 19
Linebacker – 19
Cornerback – 18
Wide Receiver – 17
Fullback – 17
Halfback – 16
More interestingly, here’s a look at the average score by occupation:
Chemist – 32
Programmer – 29
Journalist – 26
Sales – 24
Bank Teller – 22
Clerical Worker – 21
Security Guard – 17
Warehouse – 15
OK, with that behind us, here’s your chance to take the test, courtesy of WPT™ Sample Questions. Remember, set your clock for five minutes and don’t be tempted to peek at the answers below.
1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next?
8, 4, 2, 1, one-half, one-fourth, ???
2. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:
3. not certain?
The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.
3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?
4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?
5. RESENT and RESERVE — Do these words:
1. have similar meanings
2. have contradictory meanings
3. mean neither the same nor opposite?
6. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?
7. When rope is selling at $0.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?
8. The ninth month of the year is:
9. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
10. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?
11. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
12. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?
13. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:
3. not certain
Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.
14. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?
For the answers...
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3. 84 cents
6. 300 feet
7. 6 feet
13. not certain
14. 40 years old
In the interest of full disclosure, I correctly answered 12 of the 14 questions. I missed No. 12 and elected to skip past No. 10 after it began to take too long to figure out.
The previous questions and answers are sample test questions intended for demonstration only. The Wonderlic Personnel Test is published by Wonderlic, Inc.