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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:
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?

For the answers...









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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.


jaywalker 8 years, 2 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.

walkingonwater 8 years, 2 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.

supertrampofkansas 8 years, 2 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.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 2 months ago

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

royalpain 8 years, 2 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.

3crookedhearts 8 years, 2 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.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 2 months ago

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

parrothead8 8 years, 2 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.

parrothead8 8 years, 2 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.

jonas_opines 8 years, 2 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.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 2 months ago

Better get off the thread soon. Wouldn't want to be caught "slumming it" with us idjits.

bruno2 8 years, 2 months ago

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

RoeDapple 8 years, 2 months ago

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

1029 8 years, 2 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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