How to Solve 50 Questions in 12 minutes? All the Answers in One Short Guide

how to solve 50 questions in 12 minutes

Are you facing a pre-employment cognitive ability test as part of your job application process? Is it a 50 questions in 12 minutes test? Grab 4 winning tips to improve your performance.

Which Tests Include 50 Questions in 12 Minutes?

  1. Wonderlic test
  2. Predictive Index Learning Indicator (formerly known as PLI test)
  3. Logiks General (Intermediate): three sections, 4 minutes each.
  4. Matrigma test (adaptive version)

Solving 50 Questions in 12 Minutes – Tip #1

Unless you are a genius, you are NOT supposed to solve 50 questions in 12 minutes. Notice the nuance here – solving and answering is not the same thing:

  1. You should only solve the questions that are in line with your strengths and/or seem like a fair challenge after a quick glance. You shouldn’t dedicate more than 45 seconds per question, and even that can be too much time, depending on the question type.
  2. You should mark an answer to ALL 50 questions, and make educated guesses on the ones you decide to skip. There is no negative scoring in the abovementioned tests and you may even be able to return to some of them later.
  3. You do not want to run out of time at question 14/50 and discover that you haven‎’t had a chance to look at 36 other questions on the test. Many candidates fall into this trap and by that, they simply ignore the main factor in this test – speed and prioritization.

Solving 50 Questions in 12 Minutes – Tip #2

This will sound like a cliché, but you must prepare for your test in advance and this preparation window must include practicing with full-length mock tests. Ideally, these 50 question 12-minute tests should follow the same style of your specific assessment. For example, if you were asked to take the PLI test, then practicing with Wonderlic tests will result in less effective results. It’s still better than nothing, but just be aware that you’re not using the best option.

Preparing for your cognitive ability test maximizes your score potential. Do not skip this stage, no matter how strict your deadline is.

Solving 50 Questions in 12 Minutes – Tip #3

Make a list in descending order of the question types with which you feel most comfortable. You want to make sure that you come across these questions at the expense of other questions.

The cognitive ability tests that adhere to the format of 50 questions in 12 minutes and were mentioned above, focus on numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, and in the case of the Wonderlic test, there are also questions that measure attention to detail, accuracy and precision, and basic general knowledge (!).

In total, there may be over 9 unique question styles within one 12 minute 50-question test. This is why you need to know exactly which questions are your must-solve and which are those you’re willing to give up on more easily and simply guess the answer.


John Doe was invited to take the Predictive Index Learning Indicator test (formerly known as PLI test). Using my prep course, he reviewed the different question styles and took a short mock test, to assess his strengths and weaknesses. He then used my help to come up with this priority list (in descending order):

Question type # of questions Summary
1 Number series 5-6 I must focus on these 25-30 questions with a high likelihood of answering correctly.
2 Lowest value 5-6
3 Shape analogies 5-6
4 Word analogies 5-6
5 Shape series 5-6
6 Antonyms 5-6 I will try to solve them only if they seem easy at first glance, but will likely just make an educated guess and mark an answer.
7 Odd-one-out 5-6
8 Assumptions & conclusions 5-6
9 Word problems 5-6

Last Tip: Acing Your Cognitive Ability Test Starts Here!

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That’s it! ?


  1. moleg80239
      September 28, 2018 at 4:20 AM

    Fully confirm this approach. Now I’m trying to do it for myself

  2. minictf
      January 21, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Hi gideon. Thanks for the amazing help, it really helped me out.

    1. Gideon
        January 21, 2019 at 3:02 PM

      Always glad to help, thanks for the warm feedback.
      Best wishes!

  3. Muhammad Safyan
      March 10, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    hye i am giving nestle online assessment test and confused in providing them general info about me i.e classification which have 4 options
    1 unknown
    2 exempt
    3 non-exempt
    4 hourly

    1. Gideon
        March 13, 2019 at 11:31 AM

      Hi there,

      Not sure I can help with your question, as it’s not related to the tests, but to other areas of the application form. Which test were you asked to take?

  4. T C
      May 9, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Hi Gideon,

    First, thanks for the site. I have a few questions. I tried to send this through the ‘Contact’ form and it failed.

    Please advise.


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