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The Wonderlic Test NFL

Approximately 2.5 million people worldwide take the Wonderlic Test each year, including approximately 300 football players at the NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL (National Football League) utilizes the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (WCA) as part of the drafting process during the NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL Combine is a week-long event that takes place each February, during which time college football players are tested on the field and on paper in order to be drafted to the NFL. 

While the players’ skills on the field are essential, before being drafted, coaches also want to know the players’ capacities for thinking. NFL candidates take the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test prior to showing their skills on the football field. The Wonderlic test scores provide scouts, coaches, general managers, etc. with information regarding players’ decision-making abilities. Quick decision-making abilities are important on the football field and may be crucial to winning games and leading teams to the Superbowl. 


Wonderlic Test Scores

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test score is calculated by the number of questions answered correctly within the allotted time. This means that any score between 0 and 50 can be obtained, with 50 being the highest score and 0 being the lowest. Each question has the same value, and you are not penalized for incorrect answers. Therefore, it is recommended to guess, even if you are not 100% sure if the answer is correct. 

The test is scored in a standard manner, which means that players' scores can be compared to one another. The Wonderlic NFL scores help match a player’s ability, based on his Wonderlic score, with the proper training methods. Each position requires its own passing score. We’ve outlined them below:

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  

* Most teams prefer a quarterback with a score no lower than a 21.


Wonderlic Test NFL Format

There are two types of cognitive ability tests; the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R).

The Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) includes 30 questions and gives a time-limit of 8 minutes to complete online. This assessment is a short version of the WPT, which you may face at the start of the application process. This exam often allows you to move on to the next stage of the hiring process, or may only be given as an orientation test.  

Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R), also known as the Cognitive Ability Test, includes 50 questions and allows 12 minutes to complete. To perform well on this exam, you must possess strong analytic skills, speedy response rates, and logical decision-making abilities. This exam is normally given during job selection and admissions procedures and may be taken as a written test or online. 

 

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Wonderlic Test NFL Question Types

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test is made up of a variety of questions which are designed to assess candidates' cognitive capabilities. These include both basic and advanced question types:

Basic questions - measure one's day-to-day knowledge base regarding vocabulary, mathematical, and English grammar skills. 
Advanced questions - evaluate one's ability to think logically, detect errors, answer number series, structure sentences, solve complex mathematical word problems, use abstract conceptualization when answering questions, and much more.


Wonderlic Test NFL - Sample Questions

Sam and Edna have 56 marbles together. Edna has 6 times more marbles than Sam.

How many marbles does Sam have?
A. 8
B. 12
C. 32
D. 46
E. 49
F. None of these

The correct answer is (A). If Edna has 6 times more marbles than Sam, we can define Sam as X and Edna as 6X, and build the following equation: X+6X=56, therefore X=8.

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Jade is 9 years older than Rose. In 4 years’ time, Jade’s age will be double Rose's age. What are their ages today?
A. Jade is 5 years old and Rose is 14 years old
B. Jade is 14 years old and Rose is 5 years old
C. Jade is 2 years old and Rose is 11 years old
D. Jade is 10 years old and Rose is 1 year old
E. Cannot be determined

The correct answer is (B). All the information given is based on the relation between Jade’s age and Rose’s age. Let's denote Jade’s age by X and Rose’s age by Y. "Jade is 9 years older than Rose " – we can translate this information into an equation.

X=Y+9

Unfortunately, an equation with two variables is not solvable unless we have another equation. "In 4 years’ time, Jade’s age will be double Rose's age" - the second sentence also represents a relation. It means that in 4 years Jade's age will be X+4 and will be double Rose's age, which will be Y+4. Look at the equation below:

X+4=2(Y+4)

 

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Wonderlic Test NFL - FAQs

Can I use a calculator during the NFL Wonderlic test? 

Unfortunately, calculators are not allowed during the Wonderlic test. We highly advise that you practice your skills at solving mathematical questions on paper.

What is the average score players achieve on the Wonderlic test?

The average player taking the NFL Wonderlic test achieves a score of 20/50, which correlates to an approximate IQ of 100.


NFL Scouting Combine

Every year college football players are invited to attend the week-long NFL Scouting Combine, where they perform mental and physical assessments. NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts observe the players at the NFL Combine to select players for the NFL draft. A player’s performance during the NFL Combine may affect their draft status, salary, and NFL career.

Tests at the NFL Combine

Players can expect to encounter a variety of assessment tests:

1. Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test.
2. Player Assessment Test (PAT) (supplement to the Wonderlic).
3. 40-yard dash, bench press (225 lb repetitions), vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 3 cone drill.
4. position-specific drills.
5. interviews (60 interviews per team in 15-minute intervals).
6. physical measurements.
7. injury evaluation.
8. drug screening.
9. Cybex test.

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NFL Regional Combine

The NFL Regional Combine consists of 15 events in 10 cities in February and March and will lead up to the Super Regional Combine. Regional Combines ordinarily take place in NFL club facilities. It is held specifically for players not participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, but are eligible for the NFL draft and free agents. Players must be eligible for the NFL draft, meet NFL eligibility rules, and play at a high level to participate in the Regional Combine.

Players at the Regional Combine are reviewed and tested by NFL scouts. Their measurements and Combine results are entered into a database which is available to each of the 32 NFL clubs.

 

 

Super Regional Combine

Players are selected at the NFL Regional Combine to participate in the NFL Super Regional Combine. Those who are invited will have the opportunity to show off their skills before player personnel staff and NFL club scouts.

 

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