The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) is a short-form examination of basic verbal and quantitative skills designed mainly to help in assessing candidates for entry-level positions.

What Is the WBST Used for?

The test is usually used for positions where job duties involve relatively simple calculations and/or usage of written or oral communication skills.

What is the Format and Structure of the WBST?

The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test consists of two sections: verbal (50 questions) and quantitative (45 questions). Each section is 20 minutes long. Some workplaces only use one part of the test, according to their specific needs.

What Programs & Companies Use the BST?

In addition to job assessment, the Basic Skills Test can be used to assess a candidate's program eligibility. The WBST is used by the following companies and programs.

Companies & Organizations
Subway Inter-American Development Bank GAF
Target Community Financial Credit Union PMI
Delta Airlines Operation New Hope SJVC

Additionally, a version of the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test is also used for the Ability-to-Benefit program.

Question Types on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test

Math Computation

  • Whole numbers
  • Whole monetary units
  • Units of time, Metric units of length, weight, and distance
  • Proper and improper fractions
  • Fractions
  • Computation of rates, proportions, and percentages
  • Evaluation and Computation of graphs (line, bar, and pie graphs)
  • Comparing fractions
  • Computation of rates, proportions, and percentages
  • Evaluation, simplification, and solving of equations
  • Computation of lengths, angles, areas, and volumes of geometric planes and figures


  • Locate specific information in various formats
  • Read and use literature and other written information
  • Complete a sentence with the right word in context
  • Recognize word meanings
  • Recognize meanings of unfamiliar words from context
  • Identify a complete sentence grammatically
  • Identify subject-verb agreement
  • Recognize standard sentence construction
  • Recognize mistakes in compound and complex sentences

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Wonderlic WBST - Ability-to-Benefit Version

The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test – Ability-to-Benefit is the most commonly used assessment for students who don't have a high school diploma but who would still benefit from higher education. The Ability-To-Benefit Test is accepted by the U.S. Department of Education for all ATB Title IV programs. Structured like the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test, the Ability to Benefit version is designed to evaluate new students for post-high school program eligibility.

Sample Questions for the Ability-To-Benefit Test

Sample Verbal Question

We waited for 10 minutes. At last the ________ arrived and we rode it up to the 10th floor.

  1. Bus
  2. Package
  3. Elevator
  4. Neighbors

Answer: C

Sample Math Question

The 5:15 train takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Graystone. Today the train will be 15 minutes late. What time will it get to Graystone?

  1. 7:15
  2. 7:05
  3. 7:25
  4. 7:40

Answer: D

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