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The NFL Wonderlic Test

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. 

About the NFL Wonderlic Test

While the players’ skills on the field are important, prior to 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.

To get a taste of our NFL Wonderlic test practice, you can try out our free Wonderlic sample questions.


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


NFL Wonderlic Test 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. 


Wonderlic Test 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.

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 in order 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.

  • Wonderlic Test
  • Player Assessment Test (PAT) (supplement to the Wonderlic)
  • 40-yard dash, bench press (225 lb repetitions), vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 3 cone drill
  • position-specific drills
  • interviews (60 interviews per team in 15-minute intervals)
  • physical measurements
  • injury evaluation
  • drug screening
  • Cybex test

Learn more about the NFL Scouting Combine

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.

Wonderlic Test Sample Questions

Sample question: 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.

Sample question: 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.


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:


Top 10 Wonderlic Test Tips

Taking the Wonderlic test requires practicing beforehand. At JobTestPrep, we've come up with useful tips you can implement which will help you enhance your score. 

  • Since the Wonderlic test is timed, you will need to use your time wisely.
  • Skipping around when answering questions helps you secure points for the easy questions first.
  • Stay focused and calm while answering questions by not getting distracted by the time constraint.
  • Performing calculations in your head instead of writing down calculations can help you save time. 
  • Feel free to guess if you are unsure of an answer since points are not deducted for answering incorrectly. 
  • Despite the time-limit, reading through questions carefully so as not to miss crucial details.
  • Use the process of elimination to get rid of the answers that you think are wrong. 
  • Get a good night's rest the night before the test. 
  • Make sure to eat a filling breakfast to give you energy and help you concentrate. 
  • Wonderlic test questions are unique to the test itself, so practicing with our Wonderlic PrepPack can help you succeed!

NFL Wonderlic Test FAQ

Question: 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.

Question: 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.


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