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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:
1. true
2. false
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?
Nieman, K.M.
Neiman, K.M.
Thomas, G.K.
Thomas, C.K.
Hoff, J.P.
Hoff, J.P.
Pino, L.R.
Pina, L.R.
Warner, T.S.
Wanner, T.S.

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:
1. October
2. January
3. June
4. September
5. May

9. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
1. 7
2. .8
3. 31
4. .33
5. 2

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:
1. June
2. March
3. May
4. November

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:
1. true
2. false
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?

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Answers
1. one-eighth
2. true
3. 84 cents
4. 1
5. 3
6. 300 feet
7. 6 feet
8. September
9. .33
10. 17
11. March
12. $560
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.

Comments

Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 12 months ago

But the caveat to that is if the first common multiple doesn't work then you should also try the next common multiple(s). 14,400 then 21,600- Those don't work since you won't have enough words. After that is 28,800. It takes 12 pages at 2400 wpp to reach 28,800 words. 21-12 = 9 pages at 1800 wpp

12 2400 = 28,800 91800 = 16,200 28800+16200= 45000

My method still works, but anything past the first multiple would be slower than doing your algebraic equation. So my fortune really rests that 7200 was the first multiple and was the correct multiple for this particular number of words.

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1029 3 years, 12 months ago

5 of 14 in 26 minutes and 42 seconds. I also got a 13 on my ACT, so this was like a walk in the park while wearing a blindfold and tripping on mushrooms.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 12 months ago

i am stil stuk on nummer 1. Offensive tackle - 26 . . . . . (true?)

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 12 months ago

Same as yours, plug 45,000 into your equation and you'll come out a fraction of a page just as I would.

For the pages to come out a nice whole number the number of total words would have to be a multiple of the number of words in small font and it would also need to share a multiple with the number or large words.

Your way, I will admit, should be the way that is taught. I have always had a certain knack for figuring out some math problems in my head just by seeing the numbers and looking at it from a different view. Granted had I decided to take pen to paper and figure it that way I would have wrote out the equation like you did. But I did it in my head and that was the way my brain visualized solving this particular equation.

Wasn't trying to slam you, or degrade your method whatsoever... please don't take it as such. I was just reciting how I deciphered it.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 12 months ago

vertigo (Jesse Crittenden) says…

"I did #10 a bit simpler than L1- I found the lowest common multiple of 2400 and 1800- that being 7200. It takes 4 pages at 1800 words to reach 7200. 21-4 = 17 pages left for small font.

17*2400 = 40800 4 * 1800 = 7200 40800+7200 = 48,000"

How would your method work if it was 45,000 words instead of 48,000?

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 12 months ago

14/14 - took me just a little over 4 minutes.

I did #10 a bit simpler than L1- I found the lowest common multiple of 2400 and 1800- that being 7200. It takes 4 pages at 1800 words to reach 7200. 21-4 = 17 pages left for small font.

17*2400 = 40800 4 * 1800 = 7200 40800+7200 = 48,000

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bruno2 3 years, 12 months ago

Not too tough, 14 of 14 in <3 minutes. 99th percentile on college tests and smart enough to not play football.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 12 months ago

I would answer but this test is similar to saying "Woo Hoo, look at me, I put on my slip-on my shoes." ☺

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jonas_opines 3 years, 12 months ago

Missed the question on duplicates (neiman, nieman), and got the right answer backwards for #10 by misreading the small and large prints. Did it laying in bed, so no idea on time, but I can't imagine it was much past 4-5 minutes.

I guess I missed the question on the baseball hats, too. I've always found those tenuous logical questions to be somewhat prejudiced. If I play baseball and I don't want to wear a hat I won't wear a hat. This theoretical kid deserves that chance too.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 12 months ago

How could any one possibly be puzzled as to just how Vince Young made it through college? Everybody knows that star athletes get their grades "penciled in" so to speak by the coaches influence within the administration. Most of them made it through high school in the same manner.
The proof of this theory lies in the fact that so many of todays professional athletes are not able to successfully manage the millions of dollars that they are so grossly overpaid. They never had to earn their grades, or their paycheck, so money has no value to them, and we all know that a fool and his money soon go seperate ways.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 12 months ago

I got 14 out of 14. However, rather than skip number 10, I skipped reading the instructions and did not set a timer. If the rules don't work for you, change them or skip them.

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powershopper 3 years, 12 months ago

It took me 10 minutes to figure out the first question and I gave up.

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parrothead8 3 years, 12 months ago

14 out of 14 in 3 minutes, 42 seconds. I never took the ACT, but this was still a walk in the park.

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parrothead8 3 years, 12 months ago

14 out of 14 in 3 minutes, 42 seconds. I never took the ACT, but this was still a walk in the park.

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 12 months ago

11 of 14. I figured them all out, just needed some more time.

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3crookedhearts 3 years, 12 months ago

13 out of 14 in 3 minutes 52 seconds. Assuming the questions didn't get more difficult that would equate to an aggregate score of 46 (rounding down). I can only assume, though, that the questions WOULD in fact become more difficult (I would hope so) and I feel that my score (and all of our scores, in fact) are skewed towards the high range. I missed the question on font size/page count as well.

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autie 3 years, 12 months ago

Good thing Vince Young isn't here this morning. He would still be floundering on question two. Can you see him scratching his head and thinking.."but I play football, not baseball"...

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royalpain 3 years, 12 months ago

14 of 14 in 3 minutes and 28 seconds. I also got a 35 on my ACT, so this was a walk in the park.

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Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 12 months ago

I was 13 of 14, but skipped no. 10. Figured it out, but time had already run out!

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Liberty_One 3 years, 12 months ago

10 is basic alegbra, it makes it easier to take off the last two zeros on all the page numbers:

24x + 18(21-x) = 480 24x + 378 - 18x = 480 6*x = 102 x = 17

14/14

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supertrampofkansas 3 years, 12 months ago

12 out of 14. Skipped 10 and 12. I am betting that this is not representative of the actual test. Decision to skip 10 and 12 was too easy.

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autie 3 years, 12 months ago

12 out of 14...I skipped #10 also and misfigured on the $560 one. But it begs the question in my mind if the story is accurate about Vince Young. How on earth does a kid go to college and score so god awful on a test like this? Six out of fifty? Makes one wonderlic how in the hell that idiot got out of bed and found his pants. Six out of fifty on this test would have to translate into really sucky scores on the SAT or ACT..yes? Did Vince spend his academic career at Texas with things like...learning how to spell Young or how to find Texas on the map?

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 12 months ago

Took the entire 50 question test years ago , aced it... are you surprised that the backs and ends scored the lowest ?, considering that 95% of them are fixated on sports while in college, not academics, which makes them all self -centered negroes who think they are some sort of gift to the world.

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walkingonwater 3 years, 12 months ago

I got 12 out of 14, but I, too, skipped 10 & 12, looked ot wordy and I did not want to spend the time. Interesting to me, I would do better than my colleagues in my occupation. Fun stuff, thanks Matt.

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jaywalker 3 years, 12 months ago

13 of 14 in 4 minutes. Missed the words on a page question. Interesting. I thought this would be pretty easy, not sure how that bodes for the overall intelligence of the NFL, but QB's who score poorly ought to be huge red flags as this is easy stuff.

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