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The Wonderlic Personnel Tests, also known as the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Tests, is the most popular among the Wonderlic tests. They are used in many industries for pre-employment selection, and they are designed to assess an applicant's ability to learn, adapt, solve problems, and understand instructions. JobTestPrep offers you a variety of comprehensive Wonderlic practice materials that will help you prepare so you succeed on test day. 

There are 2 cognitive ability tests: the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R).

The 50-question, 12 minute Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R)

Also known as the Cognitive Ability Test, this is the most popular Wonderlic test. The test includes 50 questions and must be completed within 12 minutes. The WPT-R requires strong analytic skills, quick response times, and good decision-making under time pressure. It is used mainly in job selection and admissions processes. It is supervised and can be taken in hard copy and online versions. Results are available immediately after the test is completed.

The 30-question, 8 minute Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q)

The Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) is a shorter version of the WPT. Normally, you may encounter this version as part of a preliminary step in the application process. In some cases, it will determine your chances of progressing to the next step, while in other cases it might only serve as an orientation test. The test includes 30 questions and takes 8 minutes to complete is administered online. It is an un-proctored test.

30 Questions 50 Questions
8 Minutes 12 Minutes
Not proctored Proctored
Administered online Administered online or in-person


Types of Questions on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test is comprised of several types of questions. Together, these different types of questions challenge various aspects of the candidate's mental ability:

  • Basic questions assess everyday knowledge of mathematics, vocabulary, and grammar skills.
  • More advanced questions assess serial thinking, logical thinking, and abstract thinking through the constantly changing question formats - analogies, finding similarities, error detecting, number series, sentence structuring, idiom proficiency, complex mathematical word problems, and much more.

What Is the Makeup of the Wonderlic Personnel Test?

The breakdown of the Wonderlic Personnel Test is as follows:

  • 40% Math
  • 40% English (Verbal)
  • 10% Logic
  • 5% General Knowledge
  • 5% Clerical Questions

Can You Use a Calculator on the Wonderlic Test?

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to use calculators on the Wonderlic test. This is because the test is primarily for assessing what you already know. Additionally, the short time limit makes it almost impossible to use a calculator.

How Are Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test Scores Calculated?

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test score is calculated by the number of questions answered correctly in 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 an incorrect answer will not cause a score reduction. Therefore, it is recommended to guess, even if you are not 100% sure if the answer is correct. The test is standardized according to these scores, so an employer can compare one candidate's scores with the scores of another candidate, in addition to comparing the scores with professional standards.

Who Uses the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test?

Below is a table of the most popular companies and organizations that utilize the Wonderlic Cognitive exam. Outscore the competition with JobTestPrep's PrepPack™ and ensure your success today.

Companies & Organizations
Altisource James Hardie Mercedes-Benz USA Dish Network
Point72 ThoughtWorks Berkshire Hathaway Paycom
PepsiCo Southwest Bofl Federal Bank David Weekley Homes
Progressive Queensland (QLD) Police Service EMCO Medline Industries
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers Nurses Compsych Marsh and McLennan
Aptean Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Active Network Carnival Cruise Line
Orange County Campbell County School District Corrections  Pet Supermarket

Wonderlic Personnel Test Sample Questions

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Antonyms Sample Question

SCRUPULOUS is the opposite of

  • Rigorous
  • Punctual
  • Negligent
  • Conscientious
  • Meticulous

Answer: C

Scrupulous is a word used to describe someone who is punctual and precise, while negligent is a word used to describe someone who is lazily careless.

General Knowledge Sample Question

Which one has the biggest diameter?

  • The sun
  • The moon
  • Earth
  • Venus
  • A basketball

Answer: A

The sun has a diameter over than 100 times larger than earth, which has a diameter larger than the all the other answers.

Math Word Problem Sample Question

5 cookies cost $0.30, how much will 30 cookies cost?

  • $1.50
  • $1.80
  • $2.80
  • $5.30
  • $30.00
  • None of the above

Answer: B

Because 30 is 6 times more than 5, we also multiply the cost by 6, (0.3*6=1.80).

For additional Wonderlic sample questions, access our Wonderlic sample test PDF.

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