Wonderlic Practice Test: Sample Questions and Answers

 

 

Verbal Reasoning: Sentence Structure

2. Arrange the following words into a complete sentence. What will be the last word of this sentence?

earth
The
orbits
sun
around
the
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (E) - Sun.

The correct way to organize the sentence is:
The earth orbits around the sun.
Therefore, the last word is the sun.

The quick way to answer the question
If you’re familiar with the sentence then there is no problem and you can answer the question from memory; however, if you're not sure about the answer, you should approach the problem strategically.

Every sentence has one main verb and unless your sentence is imperative (formed as a commend) your sentence will include one main subject.

In this example question, the verb is ‘orbits’. We also know that a word that starts with a capital letter(The) will appear at the beginning of the sentence and the word ‘around’ is descriptive so it will not be the last word in this sentence.

Basically, we've got two words to choose from; the earth and the sun and the correct answer is of course the sun.

The slow way to answer the question

Play with the different words in your mind and try to reorganize them intuitively without using strategy and identifying the main subject and the main verb.

Don't use the process of elimination and wait for an answer to appear in your mind.

Sentence Structure is the grammatical order of a sentence. Most sentences in the English language are organized in the SVO structure (subject-verb-object) which is most likely the type of structure you’ll encounter on the test.


Verbal Reasoning: Analogies

3. A wire is to electricity as _____ is to water.

A. Cloud
B. Lake
C. Boiler
D. Faucet
E. Pipe
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (E).

The quick way to solve the question

It is important to understand the relationship between X and Y (wire and electricity) to answer this question correctly.

Creating a sentence with the first pair of words and applying it to the second pair is a valuable method for quickly solving this type of question.

Thus, we should phrase a sentence to define what X is to Y.

Electricity flows through a wire.

Now, we can try to apply this relation to water:
A. Water flows through a cloud.
B. Water flows through a lake.
C. Water flows through a boiler.
D. Water flows through a faucet.
E. Water flows through a pipe.

A wire transfers electricity just as a pipe transfers water. Therefore, the correct answer is E.

The slow way to solve the question

Think about the different options in your mind decide which one fits best and feels right intuitively and could be the correct answer.

In most Analogy Questions, you're asked to identify a relationship between a pair of words, and then identify a similar relationship among another pair of words.



Verbal Reasoning: Deductive Questions

4. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?

most of the snakes are green
most of the snakes are quick

at least one snake is both green and quick

A. Yes
B. No
C. Uncertain
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (A) - Yes.

The quick way to solve the question
Is to examine the odds and see if there could be an overlap between the two groups.

If most of the snakes are green and most of the snakes are quick, we can deduce that there has to be at least one green snake that is also quick.

This happens because the subgroups of "green" and "quick" each constitute more than 50% of the entire snake population (most of the snakes mean more than 50%) and consequently must overlap.

Deductive Reasoning questions measure your ability to analyze sentences and reach a logical conclusion. Some of the questions are numerical, and some are verbal, and the conclusion is generally reached by applying general rules.



Abstract Reasoning: Spatial Questions

5. The numbers in the figures below have the same mathematical relationship to one another.

What number should replace the question mark in the figure below?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 1
D. 4
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A - 2.

When solving this question it’s important to understand the pattern that the three circles exhibit and the numerical relationship between them.

The quick way to solve the question
Focus on the quarter that the question mark appears in and check to see if there is a common relationship that repeats itself between that quarter and the other quarters of each of the circles.

The slow way to way to solve the question
Look at the numbers showing up at each quarter of the circle and see if there is a relationship between them that shows in the second and third circles without focusing on any specific quarter.

In this example the circle share the following pattern: (Top cell) - (Diagonal-bottom-cell) = 1.

e.g. left circle: 6 (top-left) – 5 (bottom-right) = 1, 9 (top-right) – 8 (bottom-left) = 1; right circle: 0 (top-left) – (-1) (bottom-right) = 1.

According to the reasoning above the (top-left) cell – (bottom-right) cell = 1. Therefore, the (bottom-right) cell = 2.

Spatial Reasoning tests the ability of the testee to visualize, understand patterns and predict the movement of 2D and 3D objects.


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Verbal Reasoning: Vocabulary Questions

6. The meanings of these words are:

ROBUST BURLY

A. Similar
B. Contradictory
C. Neither similar nor contradictory
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (A) - Similar.

Robust means strong, healthy, and vigorous.

Burly means large and strong; heavily built.: "I saw a big burly man approaching the counter".

The conclusion is that both ROBUST and BURLY are used to describe someone who is strong and firm. Therefore the words are similar in meaning.

Vocabulary type questions are made to check either your understanding of the English language or your familiarity with the different terms used in your professional field and pertain to the position you are applying for.



Verbal Reasoning: Deductive Reasoning 

7. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?

Dr. Frantz is the boss of Mr. Abelard.
Mr. Abelard's position is under that of Professor Glickman's.

Professor Glickman is the boss of Dr. Frantz.

A. Yes
B. No
C. Cannot say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.

The quick way to solve the question
Focus on the person mentioned in the first two statements which is MR. Abelard. According to the information, both Dr. Frantz’s position and Professor Glickman’s position are above Mr. Abelard’s position.

Nevertheless, we do not have enough information about Dr. Frantz and Professor Glickman.

Dr. Frantz’s position may be above both Mr. Abelard’s position and Professor Glickman’s position or Professor Glickman’s position may be above both Mr. Abelard’s position and Dr. Frantz’s position.

Therefore, the correct answer is C, cannot say.

Note: If when dealing with a similar question you find yourself unable to reach a clear conclusion then it could be helpful to create a hierarchy scale and rank the different statements by order of importance.

The slow way to solve the question
Look at the data without really focusing on any one of these three people and try to grasp the hierarchy between them. The result would be confusion and precious time wasted on trying to sort things out.

Deductive Reasoning involves drawing conclusions from premises that have been assumed to be true and these conclusions are usually made in a top-down manner. If something is assumed to be true and the other statement relates to the original one then it must also be true.



Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms & Antonyms

8. In the following set of words, which word is different from the others?

A. Colon
B. Organ
C. Urethra
D. Pancreas
E. Tongue
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (B) - organ.

An organ refers to an internal or external grouping of tissues (which serve different functions). All of the other answer choices are examples of different organs and/or body parts.

The quick way to solve the question
Use elimination to remove the least relevant answers. If you’re stuck try to incorporate the relevant word into a sentence.

Search for words that sound alike but do not have the same meaning.

Be aware of the confusing nature (Aka writing the name of the category with a list of its subcategories) that is mentioned in the example above it will show up in other similar Synonyms & Antonyms questions.

In the example brought in question 8, option B is closely related but does not have the same meaning as the other alternatives.

The slow way to solve the question
Go over the answers one by one and try to think if they match or are closely related, doubt yourself and get confused by the close meaning of the word.

Synonyms & Antonyms are verbal exercises designed to either test your understanding of the English language or sometimes used by companies to check your expertise in the vocabulary of the specific positions you’re applying for.



Numerical Reasoning: Percentages and Word Problems

9. If there are 32 students in the classroom and 12.5% of them own at least one pet, how many students do NOT own any pets?

A. 4
B. 8
C. 24
D. 28
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (D).

The quick way to solve the question
Memorize and know by heart the most popular fractions that represent each type of percentage or decimals.

For example:
1\4 = 0.25 = 25%
1\8 = 0.125 = 12.5%

If there are 32 students in the class and only 12.5% of them own at least one pet then all is left is to divide 32\8 to know that 4 students own a pet and 28 do not.

The slow way to solve the question
Don’t memorize any type of fractions. It's simple math, don't worry, just bring a pen and a piece of paper and you’ll figure it out with time

Percentages problems can take the form of word problems and are usually structured in the following way: "(this) is (a percentage) of (that)", which translates to = (to a decimal) × (that)".


Numerical Reasoning: Word Problems

10. A man walked at a pace of 5 mph for 3 hours and then ran at a pace of 8 mph for half the time.

What was the total distance in miles that he covered?

A. 5
B. 8
C. 16
D. 24
E. 27
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (E) - 27.

The quick way to solve the questions
First, identify the missing piece. In this example, it is the time it took for the man to run 8 miles.

Also, be aware of the formula

Velocity * Time = Distance

Use a pen and paper and write down your calculation:

First part of the trip: 5 * 3 = 15 miles

Second part of the trip: time = 3/2=1.5h
8 * 1.5 = 12 miles

Total distance: 12 + 15 = 27 miles

An even faster way is to use the process of elimination to reduce the number of calculations you need to make to solve the question from three to only two.

The formula is Time*Distance= Road - 5*3 = 15 which means answers A and B are irrelevant.

The second calculation is the time he spent running: We know his speed was 8mph.

That means answer C can be crossed out as well and that our total is 23 with half an hour left on the clock.

It is guaranteed the answer will be higher than 24 leaving us with only one option, answer D - 27.

The slow way to solve the questions
Try to do the calculation in your head, don't worry if it’s easy enough you’ll be able to do it and save precious time and won’t make any mistakes.

A Word Problem is a mathematical exercise that uses a hypothetical real-world example the testee can connect and relate to. The most common use of word problems is in math books for children; it helps them connect to math exercises through these types of scenarios.

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