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Getting ready to take the Wonderlic Test? The official Wonderlic assessment contains 50 questions to be answered in only 12 minutes (or 30 questions in 8 minutes in the short version).
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 quick and efficient problemsolving strategies.
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The most common Wonderlic test questions focus on Math and Verbal Reasoning. Less commonly used are Abstract Reasoning, General Knowledge, and ErrorChecking questions. Here you'll find all of them.
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 (1416 seconds for each question).
Here are 6 Math Wonderlic Test questions and answers mirroring the ones you’ll see on your test.
Which of the following is the smallest number:
a. 5/8
b. 0.625
c. 2.5
d. 1/3
e. 1.75
Answer:
The correct answer is D.
Start by eliminating all the answer choices that are greater than 1.
Without precise conversion, we know that both 5/8 and 0.625 are more than half since (since 4\8 = 0.5) and 1/3 is less than half. by understanding that 1/3 is less than half, we can quickly identify it as the smallest number among the options without needing to convert each number to a common form.
If it takes one person 6 hours to load a truck, while another person can complete the task in one quarter the time, how many hours will it take both of them to load a truck while working together?
a. 5/6 of an hour
b. 1hour
c. 1 1/5 hours
d. 1.5 hours
Answer:
The correct answer is C. work/rate=time
1 truck/(rate of worker 1 +rate of worker 2)
Worker 1
It takes him 6 hours to load a truck, therefore he loads 1/6 of a truck per hour.
Worker 2
Worker 2 can complete the job in onequarter of the time worker 1 can. Therefore his rate of truck per hour is:
(1/6)×4 of a truck per hour=4/6 of a truck per hour
Rate of worker 1 + rate of worker 2:
1/6+4/6
=5/6
Therefore, the number of hours it will take them to load the truck together is equal to:
(1 truck)/(5/6 of a truck per hour) = 6/5 hours
= 1 1/5 hours.
Dr. John’s grades on five consecutive tests were 100, 80, 80, 80, and 100. Which of the graphs below best represents Dr. John's grades?
Answer:
The correct answer is D.
Dr. John’s highest score is 100, and he scored it on the first and last tests. Thus, accordingly, we are looking for a graph in which the first and last values are equal and located at the highest point. Graphs A and E can be eliminated since their first and last points are not the same height.
Next, you know that the second, third, and fourth scores are equal. Thus, the slope of the line that connects these points must be zero. In graphs B, C, and F the slopes of the lines that connect the second, third, and fourth points are negative, and therefore these graphs can be eliminated as well.
The only option left is D, and indeed, in graph D the first and last scores are at the same height, and the line that connects the three middle points has a slope of zero. Therefore, D is marked as the correct answer.
Math Question #4
A train travels 90 miles in 15 minutes; how many miles does it travel in 2 hours?
A. 542
B. 720
C. 789
D. 800
E. 942
F. None of these
Answer:
The correct answer is (B)  720
15 minutes are a 1/4 of an hour. To reach 2 hours from a 1/4 of an hour we need to multiply by 8. Because the time is multiplied by 8 we also multiply the distance traveled by 8:
90 X 8 = 720 miles
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Math Question #5
A football coach is building his team. He has four quarterback options and three possible centers. He also has to select one assistant coach from two candidates. How many possible teams can he build?
1. 144
2. 24
3. 12
4. 6
5. 3
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
The coach has four quarterback options, three possible centers, and two candidates for assistant coach. Start with the quarterback: Let's say the coach selects quarterback A.
He now has three options for a center. If he selects quarterback B, he would still have three options for a center.
Thus, for every quarterback option, the coach has three center options. Overall, he has 4*3 options to select a quarterback and center.
Now, the coach needs to select an assistant. For every one of the quarterback + center combinations, the coach has two options for an assistant.
Thus, overall, he has 4*3*2=24 options in selecting his team, and the correct answer is 24.
Math Question #6
A school play's production costs are $20 per costume and $35 per set.
How much money will it cost to produce a school play that requires 13 costumes and 7 sets?
a. 75$
b. 375$
c. 505$
d. 595$
Answer:
The correct answer is (C).
13 costumes at $20 each is 13 × $20 = $260.
7 sets at $35 each is 7 × $35 = 245.
The total cost to produce the school play is $260 + $245 = $505.
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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 6 verbal practice questions, highly similar to the ones you’ll see on your Wonderlic exam.
AUTHOR is to CHAPTER, as _____ is to PRISM.
a. GEOMETRY
b. PYRAMID
c. TRIANGLE
d. LIGHT
e. BOOK
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
An author writes chapters to construct a book, just as triangular faces come together to form a pyramid, which is a type of prism.
Which THREE of the following have similar meanings?
a. Illuminate
b. Lighten
c. Brighten
d. Clarify
e. Enlighten
Answer:
The correct answer is A, B, and C.
Illuminate, lighten, and brighten all have meanings related to making something more luminous or filled with light.
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What is the opposite word of the word marked in bold?
Her remarks were noted for their brevity, making every word count in her concise speech.
a. Terse
b. Verbosity
c. Laconism
d. Succinctness
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
Brevity refers to the quality of expressing much in few words or being concise. "Verbosity" is the quality of using more words than needed, making it the opposite of brevity.
Rearrange the following words to make a complete sentence. Which word should come just before "stars"?
SHINE BRIGHTLY THE WILL STARS TONIGHT
a. Shine
b. Brightly
c. The
d. Will
e. Tonight
Answer:
The correct answer is C.
To rearrange the words "shine brightly the will stars tonight" into a complete sentence, the sentence likely means to convey that the stars will shine brightly tonight. Therefore, the correct arrangement would be "The stars will shine brightly tonight."
Based on this arrangement, the word that comes just before "stars" is "The."
The words "Benevolent" and "Malevolent" have _____ meaning.
a. similar
b. contradictory
c. unrelated
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
The words "benevolent" and "malevolent" have opposite meanings. "Benevolent" describes someone who is wellmeaning and kindly, showing goodwill and a desire to do good. "Malevolent" describes someone who has or shows a wish to do evil to others, indicating ill will or harmful intentions. so the correct answer is B  contradictory
The words in the first pair are related in a certain way. Choose the word that completes the second pair so that the words are related in the same way.
polygon → rectangle : element →
A. Sides
B. Chemistry
C. Weather
D. Substance
E. Oxygen
Answer:
The correct answer is: Oxygen.
A rectangle is a type of polygon, like oxygen is a type of element.
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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 five reasoning practice questions highly similar to those in the official Wonderlic test.
What is the next number in the series?
1/3  3/7  7/15  15/31  ?
a. 31/63
b. 32/64
c. 31/65
d. 32/66
Answer:
The correct answer is A.
1/3 X 2/2 = 2/6 > (2+1)/(6+1) = 3/7
3/7 X 2/2 = 6/14 > (6+1)/(14+1) = 7/15
7/15 X 2/2 = 14/30 > (14+1)/(30+1) = 15/31
15/31 X 2/2 = 30/62 > (30+1)/(62+1) = 31/63
Therefore, the next number in the series is 31/63.
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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”.
If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
A random set of a spatula and a frying pan may be comprised of at least one color.
a. Yes
b. No
c. Cannot say
Answer:
The correct answer is A.
The frying pans come in one color and one color only, so we have to examine the spatulas. We do not know anything about spatulas having to be a specific color (the fact that few of them are black does not affect the final statement), so a spatula may come in a variety of colors. Although it may come in a variety of different colors, we are asked about the possibility of one specific color. Since the spatula can be colored yellow, the final statement is correct and the correct answer is A.
If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
Red catfish cannot survive in a square, green aquarium.
A. Yes.
B. No.
C. Cannot say.
Answer:
The correct answer is A, yes. From the second claim, we see that red catfish cannot live in an aquarium that is not colored blue. The final statement strengthens this claim and states that a red catfish cannot survive in a green aquarium. Thus, the final statement is correct.
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 5 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.
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 filledin 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 timeconsuming 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.
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: C, D, and E.
If you place figures C, D, 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?
In this case, no option includes a distinctive feature to help us eliminate it instantly. Therefore, we will continue to the next step.
Which figures must be part of the solution?
Option C must be part of the solution because it is the only figure containing the upper right brown tile. Option E must also be part of the solution as it is the only figure which contains the bottom right purple tile.
Now, after combining options C and E, we need to choose the option that will complete the remaining tiles.
Option D is the only option that completes the pattern, and thus it is the correct answer.
Choose the mirror image of the shape.
Answer:
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 5 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.
How many of the pairs below are exact matches for car models?
Toyota Camry XLE Toyota Camary XLE
Honda Accord LX Honda Accord LX
Ford Mustang GT Ford Mustang G.T.
Chevrolet Malibu LS Chevrolet Malibo LS
Nissan Altima SV Nissan Altima S.V.
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5
Answer:
Only the "Honda Accord LX" pair matches exactly. The others differ due to spelling errors or punctuation, disqualifying them as exact matches. Thus, the correct answer is (a) 1.
How many of the pairs below are precisely the same flower names?
Sunflower, Tall Yellow Sunflower, Tall Yello
Rose, Climbing Crimson Rose, Climbing Crimson
Daisy, White Shasta Daisy, White Shasta
Tulip, Red Emperor Tulip, Read Emperor
Lily, Oriental Stargazer Lilly, Oriental Stargazer
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5
Answer:
The correct answer is B
Explanation:
 The first pair is incorrect due to a missing 'w' in "Yello."
 The second and third pairs are exact matches.
 The fourth pair has a typo, "Read" instead of "Red."
 The fifth pair has an extra 'l' in "Lilly."
Only two pairs match perfectly.
How many of the following pairs of world capital names are spelled correctly and match each other exactly?
Caracas, Venezuela Caraccas, Venezuela
Helsinki, Finland Helsinky, Finland
Nairobi, Kenya Nairobi, Kenya
Budapest, Hungary Budappest, Hungary
Canberra, Australia Canberra, Australia
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5
Answer:
The correct answer is B
Explanation:
The first pair doesn't match due to an extra 'c' in "Caraccas."
The second is incorrect because "Helsinky" should be "Helsinki."
The third and fifth pairs, "Nairobi, Kenya" and "Canberra, Australia," are correct and match.
The fourth pair is wrong because of an extra 'p' in "Budappest."
So, only 2 pairs are exact matches with correct spelling.
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 doublechecking to avoid time waste. To improve on these questions, you can find practice questions with different information in our Wonderlic PrepPack.
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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 3 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.
What is the freezing point of water on the Fahrenheit scale?
a. 0 degrees.
b. 32 degrees.
c. 100 degrees.
D. 212 degrees.
Answer:
The correct answer is B.
Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit according to the Fahrenheit temperature scale.
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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