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- Understand the test’s scoring system and what’s considered a good score
The Wonderlic Personnel Test in a Nutshell
The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a pre-employment, cognitive ability test that stands between you and your next job. It measures your problem-solving skills and your ability to perform under pressure (12 minutes to be precise). To get past this test successfully, you must make sure you’re skilled at solving the different question types this test presents, and at managing your time efficiently to make wise judgements quickly. In addition, you need to prepare yourself mentally and be confident of your ability to perform well. All this requires preparation, and that’s what I’m here for!
Before I dive into the content of the Wonderlic Personnel Test, it is important to have a visual image of what the test looks like. The image below points at the major components you should be aware of: the timer at the top right corner, the navigation buttons which allow you to go back and forth between questions, the multiple-choice format which will be dominant throughout the majority of the test.
Above, an illustration of the the test’s format and appearance. The question is made up for demonstration purposes
Test Content – Question Types
The Wonderlic Personnel Test is made up of four general categories: General Knowledge, Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Numerical Reasoning. The table below shows a basic breakdown of each question type, followed by a more detailed description of each with sample questions. As you can see, there are LOTS of question types to review.
|General||Abstract Reasoning||Verbal Reasoning||Numerical Reasoning|
|– Finding errors
– Recognizing dates
– General facts
|– Spatial reasoning
– 3D shapes & tiles
– Pattern recognition
– Synonyms & antonyms
– Sentence structure & ordering
– Word scrambles
– Deductive reasoning
|– Word problems
– Number series
– Fraction value
– Number patterns
Some of the questions will test topics like general knowledge, finding errors, ordering things chronologically, and recognizing dates.
This section tests spatial reasoning, pattern recognition, and abilities to manipulate and visualize 2D and 3D shapes. These include questions that will have you manipulating shapes such as tiles or folded pieces of paper.
The Verbal Reasoning questions test your knowledge of the English language and your logical and deductive reasoning abilities. These questions generally consist of grammar, analogies, vocabulary, and drawing conclusions. There will also be questions that cover topics like metaphors, anagrams, word scrambles, sentence scrambles, word groups, and identifying words that are similar or different. You will be asked to recognize if a pair of words are synonyms or antonyms of each other, or if they are unrelated. Other questions will have you reorder sentences that may not make sense grammatically. Another question type will require you to use your deductive reasoning skills; You will be presented with several statements, and then be asked to deduce if another statement is true or false based on the original ones.
The Numerical Reasoning category will test your mathematical abilities the most. Many of these questions are word problems, so they are not just math problems, but are a combination of words and numbers. They will test your reading comprehension abilities in addition to your mathematical abilities.
Questions cover topics such as algebra, percentages, ratios, decimals, and averages. There will also be number series questions, where you will have to look at a series of numbers and figure out what number comes next in the sequence.
These questions will likely be the most difficult and time-consuming questions, especially since you will not be allowed to use a calculator.
While the material covered on the test is not particularly complicated or advanced, the test is difficult because of its time constraints. I recommend that you start by taking my free Wonderlic practice test which is offered below to get a feel of the real thing.
Wonderlic Personnel Test: Two Versions
Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R)
There are two slightly different versions of the Wonderlic Personnel Test. First, there is the standard Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R), which is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and is administered in 12 minutes. This test is usually proctored and will be administered early on in your application process. However, you may have to take the Wonderlic Personnel Test – QuickTest (WPT-Q) before taking the WPT-R.
Wonderlic Personnel Test – QuickTest (WPT-Q)
There is also a shorter version of the test called the Wonderlic Personnel Test – QuickTest (WPT-Q), which is only 30 questions and lasts 8 minutes. The WPT-Q is not proctored and is often taken from home, and is generally used as a precursor to the WPT-R. This means you may be asked to take this from home, and only if you do well, you will be called in to take the WPT-R.
The content of the two tests is the same, as they only differ in length, so our practice materials will prepare you for whichever version you are taking.
Free Wonderlic Practice Test
Go ahead and take my Free Wonderlic-style practice test, which includes 30 questions and has a time limit of 8 minutes. This is basically a simulation of the QuickTest (WPT-Q). Upon completion, you’ll receive a detailed score report that will tell you how you did on each topic. You’ll also be able to review the answers and explanations.
How Are Scores Calculated & What’s Considered a Good Score
On the WPT-R, each question is worth 1 point. If you get every question right, you would get a perfect score of 50. On the WPT-Q, each question is worth 1.66 points, meaning that a perfect score would still be 50 even though there are only 30 questions.
The score for the specific position you are applying for will vary according to the employer’s identity, needs, and the job in hand. Once you have finished taking the test, a detailed score report will automatically be sent to the employer for review. This report will show how your score compares to employer’s target score, how well you did in comparison to the group of candidates competing with you on the job, and also how well you did in comparison to the general population of candidates.
The average score on the Wonderlic test is 20 correct answers out of 50. The graph below shows you roughly what a “good score” is, in terms of the general population. Remember, in the end, a good score depends on the what the employer has set in advance when designing the screening process for the position.
And here’s how the employer will see the final information on their screen:
The column on the right will tell the employer whether or not they should pursue hiring a candidate. S stands for Strong, M for Medium and W for Weak.
Free Wonderlic Personnel Test Practice Resources
There’s a lot out there to help you be prepared for the Wonderlic Personnel Test, from helpful information directly from Wonderlic’s website to free practice tests. Find more information at these helpful links: