Getting ready to take the Wonderlic Test? The official Wonderlic Test contains 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes (or 30 questions in 8 minutes in the short version).
The most common Wonderlic test questions focus on Math and Verbal Reasoning. Less commonly used are Abstract Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Error-Checking questions.
The Wonderlic practice test you'll find on this page is designed to give you a glimpse of what the actual Wonderlic exam looks like while also guiding you in answering questions quickly using efficient solving strategies.
We follow each answer with a detailed explanation, so you can receive immediate feedback and improve your solution speed. Let's get started.
The Wonderlic test sample questions in this category assess an individual's ability to perform basic math operations, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Some might also test knowledge of percentages, ratios, and word problems. The main difficulty is accurately solving these questions within the time limit (14-16 seconds for each question).
Here are 5 Math Wonderlic Test questions and answers mirroring the ones you’ll see on your test.
Which of the following is the smallest number:
a. 8
b. 4
c. .57
d. 1
e. .7
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
The order of the numbers in the questions is:
8>4>1>0.7>0.57
Pay attention to decimal numbers, as in the test; answers can be given without zero, such as in this question. These numbers are still smaller in value than 1 and are larger than 0.
A mountain trail is 12.1 miles long. If a hiker walks along the trail at a rate of 1.96 miles per hour, approximately how many hours will the hiker walk the entire trail?
a. 6
b. 12
c. 14
d. 24
e. 30
Answer:
The correct answer is A.
12.1 miles are approximately 12 miles. 1.96 miles per hour are approximately 2 miles per hour.
Since time (in hours) equals distance (miles) divided by velocity (miles per hour), the hiker will walk the entire trail in approximately 12/2=6 hours.
Suzy's scores on five consecutive dart games were 100, 200, 0, 200, and 250. Which of the graphs below best represents Suzy's scores?
Answer:
The correct answer is A.
Suzy's scores on the first two games were 100 and 200, so we are looking for a positive slope between the first two points.
The graphs that fit this condition are A, B, and E. We also know that during the last game (the fifth dot), Suzy scored the highest score among all five games. In graph E the fifth point is lower than the fourth, and thus we can eliminate answer E. The same goes for graph B — its fifth point is lower than the fourth — and thus we can eliminate answer B as well.
The only graph that has a positive slope between the first two points and has a fifth point higher than the other points is graph A, and therefore it is the correct answer.
💡 Solving Tip:
There is a lot to learn from the first and last values of the graph. If the last point on a graph should represent the highest value, eliminate all the graphs that do not fit with this condition.
As can be seen, the Wonderlic Mathematical questions are straightforward and may look easy at first sight. However – since the main challenge in the test is to answer as many questions as possible in a narrow time frame, quick calculations and fast answering techniques must be utilized. You can see a great example of this in question 2 - where you narrow down the numbers to the closest whole number, thereby making the calculation easier and more intuitive. Let’s continue to review additional questions.
Math Question #4
Shawn is 8 years older than Kate. In 2 years’ time, Shawn’s age will be double Kate's age. What are their ages today?
A. Shawn is 9 years old, and Kate is 1 year old.
B. Shawn is 14 years old, and Kate is 6 years old.
C. Shawn is 12 years old, and Kate is 5 years old.
D. Shawn is 6 years old, and Kate is 14 years old.
E. Cannot be determined.
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
💡 How to solve this question quickly?
Using equations to solve this type of question is the most accurate path, but it is highly time-consuming. To answer the question faster, all we must do is check which of the values from the answers fit into the terms that the question states.
The only answers that fit are B and A. How can we determine which one of them is the correct answer? The second relation between the ages will help:
Answer B matches this description- Shawn is now 14, and Kate is 6, so in 2 years' time Shawn will be 16 and Kate will be 8. However, beware of the answer "Cannot be determined". It means that there may be two correct answers, in which case the correct answer is "Cannot be determined." Therefore, we must check whether answer A fits the description as well. If it does, the correct answer would be E. Since answer A does not match the description (11 is not twice the age as 3), the correct answer is B.
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Math Question #5
In a factory, the computer automatically generates two quality reports each hour. This factory works 24/7.
How many reports does it generate weekly?
a. 168
b. 336
c. 672
d. 1344
e. 2016
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
Number of reports per hour: 2
Number of reports per day: 24∙2 = 48
Number of reports per week: 48∙7 = 336
💡 Quick Solving Tip:
To answer this question more quickly, we can narrow down the options by doing quick estimations that are “close enough”, using easy numbers to calculate. There are about 140+ hours in a week (7*20) but less than 210 (7*30). Therefore, the answer, which must be the weekly hours doubled, is over 280 but under 400 leaving B as the only possible answer.
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Next, we’ll move on to the next question type in the test – verbal questions. The difference between these questions and the previous ones is that there is no calculation required, but rather a quick reading ability, and solid knowledge of English and reasoning skills. Let’s continue.
These questions evaluate the test taker's understanding of written material, vocabulary, and ability to discern relationships between words.
Here are 5 verbal practice questions, highly similar to the ones you’ll see on your Wonderlic exam.
SINGER is to QUARTET, as _____ is to SIDE.
a. CIRCLE
b. RECTANGLE
c. ANGLE
d. OCTAGON
e. TRIANGLE
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
A quartet is comprised of four singers, just as a square is comprised of four sides.
Which THREE of the following have similar meanings?
a. Acquire
b. Obtain
c. Secure
d. Gather
e. Procure
Answer:
The correct answer is A, B, and E.
A quartet is comprised of four singers, just as a square is comprised of four sides.
On the other hand, the words "Secure" and "Gather" have different meanings:
Quick Solving Tip: When answering such a question – start by finding the “common ground” – at least two words with the same meaning, by brief scanning. As soon as you find those – eliminating Wonderlic test answers becomes easier – since you know what to look for. In terms of which answers to begin with (chronically, longer, shorter, etc.), our best advice is – to find a method that works best for you while practicing and continues using it all the way to the test.
What is the opposite word of the word marked in bold?
He displayed great slyness as he maneuvered through the crowd, effortlessly slipping away unnoticed.
a. Guile
b. Candor
c. Chicanery
d. Artfulness
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
The definition of slyness is achieving one's end through indirect or cunning means. The word "candor" means an open and honest expression, which is the opposite option.
Rearrange the following words to make a complete sentence. Which word should come just before Work?
will be her rewarded work hard
a. Will
b. Be
c. Rewarded
d. Her
e. Hard
Answer:
The correct answer is E.
The correct sentence is: “Her hard work will be rewarded.” Therefore, the word that will come before Work is Hard.
The Words TRANSPARENT and OPAQUE have _____ meaning
a. similar
b. contradictory
c. unrelated
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
Transparent: The word "transparent" describes something that allows light to pass through without obstruction. It refers to objects or materials that are clear, see-through, or easily visible. For example, a glass window is transparent, allowing you to see what is on the other side.
Opaque: Conversely, "opaque" refers to something that does not allow light to pass through. It means that objects or materials are not transparent and do not transmit light. For instance, a brick wall is opaque because it obstructs light and makes it impossible to see through.
The contradiction between these words lies in their ability to describe opposing characteristics of objects or materials. While "transparent" signifies clarity and the ability to see through, "opaque" indicates the opposite, with objects or materials that hinder visibility by blocking the passage of light.
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After you completed the two major question types in the Wonderlic Cognitive test – We’ll move on to different question types, which may be less frequent, but no less important to practice. Our first topic will be Logical Reasoning - where the common sense of logic will play an important role.
This section measures an individual's ability to discern patterns, sequences, or relationships among sets of information. It might involve determining the next item in a sequence or identifying an odd item out.
Here are three reasoning practice questions highly similar to those in the official Wonderlic test.
What is the next number in the series?
2/4.5 | 5/11 | 11/24 | 23/50 | ?
a. 41/104
b. 68/96
c. 47/102
d. 95/206
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
2/4.5 X 2/5 = 4/9 -> (4+1)/(9+2) = 5/11
5/11 X 2/2 = 10/22 -> (10+1)/(22+2) = 11/24
11/24 X 2/2 = 22/48 -> (22+1)/(48+2) = 23/50
23/50 X 2/2 = 46/100 -> (46+1)/(100+2) = 47/102
💡 Solving tip:
When it is finding the rule is complex and requires multiple stages, it may be useful to work via the distracters. Figure out the steps needed to receive each distracter and then check which rule can be applied successfully to the rest of the items in the series.
Choose the correct answer to the following series:
a.
b.
c.
d.
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
The line rotates clockwise around the little square, increasing the number of steps between one diagram to the other in the series. Between diagrams 1 and 2, it moves a single step. Between diagrams 2 and 3, it moves two steps, and so on.
If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
It is mandatory to wear helmets on site.
a. Yes
b. No
c. Cannot Say
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
We have yet to learn the rules on the construction site, even though some of the workers may have a common habit of wearing a helmet. It is possible that only specific workers (construction and engineers) are required to wear a helmet or that workers wear helmets without it being mandatory. Therefore, the answer is “Cannot Say”.
Reasoning questions require applying logic to solve problems. These questions require focus, a keen eye for details, and quick thinking – which can be achieved via practice. Wonderlic Practice tests in the same format as the official test’s time limit, to improve your ability to solve these questions quickly enough, can be found in our Wonderlic Test PrepPack.
The next type of questions is Spatial Reasoning. These questions require the ability to visualize, understand patterns, and predict the movement of 2D and 3D objects.
These questions gauge the ability to understand and manipulate shapes or patterns. This might involve determining how a shape would look when rotated or discerning a pattern among a set of objects.
Here are 3 Spatial Wonderlic test questions mirroring the ones you’ll see in the official test.
Which choices include patterns that are NOT included in the frame?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Answer:
The correct answers are C and E.
The logic: In this problem, you must select which frames include patterns that are NOT in the exact same position as the question’s frame.
It is difficult to apprehend only a portion of a pattern without having an adjacent reference, making this problem complex.
It is important to remember that one single element that does not fit the original pattern is enough to eliminate an option.
In the third option, the colors of the filled-in triangles are opposite compared to the original pattern.
In the fifth option, the colors of the middle square’s triangles are swapped compared to the original pattern.
After folding the following frames into a closed cube, which marked corner will touch the X?
a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
e. E
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
Option 1- mentally fold the cube to find the location of all marked corners:
Option 2- eliminate options:
Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of the same color may overlap.
a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
e. E
Answer:
The correct answers are: B, C, and E
If you place figures B, C, and E one on top of the other, the figure on the left is created.
To find the correct solution quickly ask yourself the following questions:
Which figures cannot be part of the solution?
Spatial questions can be very time-consuming without proper preparation. However, getting used to this kind of thinking, knowing when to use shortcuts and practicing a variety of Wonderlic test questions can improve your orientation and make these questions quite easy and quick to answer. Guides, tips, and practice questions can be found in our Wonderlic PrepPack.
Next are Checking Questions. Those questions require identifying differences between two sets of numbers/letters. You must be focused, pay attention to details, and work methodically.
Questions in this category might involve spotting minute differences in a group of items or finding errors in given sets of information.
Here are 2 typical Cheking Wonderlic example questions.
How many of the pairs below are exact duplicates?
557842 557842
2846995 2846975
50334847 50334847
679865411 679865411
8744521398 8745421398
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
The first, third, and fourth pairs are identical.
The second pair: 2846995 2846975
The fifth pair: 8744521398 8745421398
How many of the pairs below are exact duplicates?
Roberts, O. S. Robert, O. S.
Steiner, Y. P. Stener, Y. P.
Brownstone, A. R. Brownstone, B. R.
Bernadette, P. I. Bernadete, P. I.
Schwartz, T. Y. Schwartz, T. Y.
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5
Answer:
The correct answer is A.
The fifth pair is identical.
Checking questions requires attention to detail. The pairs are mostly long and confusing, and the differences are very mild. We recommend a methodical approach to these questions – check one pair at a time. Once you have found a difference or completed the pair – immediately continue without double-checking to avoid time waste. To improve on these questions, you can find practice questions with different information in our Wonderlic PrepPack.
The last question type that can be found in the Wonderlic Personnel Test is General Knowledge Questions. These questions may include questions regarding months, abbreviations, geography, and more.
This category tests a person's general knowledge about the world, including basic historical or factual information that an average adult might be expected to know.
Here are 2 examples of common general knowledge questions.
Which of the following months has exactly 31 days?
a. April
b. February
c. September
d. May
e. November
Answer:
The correct answer is D.
April, September, and November all have exactly 30 days.
February has 28 days (or 29 days once every four years).
May is the only month with exactly 31 days.
Is CSI a common abbreviation for Customer Satisfaction Index?
a. Yes
b. No
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
CSI is a common abbreviation for Crime Scene Investigation, typically associated with forensic science and examining crime scenes. While it is possible that it may be an abbreviation for Customer Satisfaction Index, it is not a common abbreviation, and therefore the answer is No.
Common Knowledge questions are unique. You can’t know exactly what you will be asked, and it is very difficult to prepare for those questions. However, there are more common questions that can be found, similar in format to the ones presented here. Additional practice questions similar to the general knowledge required can be found in the free Wonderlic test PDF with answers page or our Wonderlic PrepPack.
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