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What Is the Wonderlic Test?

The Wonderlic Test is used as an entrance exam to assess student readiness, as well as for admissions and placement purposes. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE), Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, and Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (BST) are most often used for admission and placement purposes.

The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that you must answer in a short period of time. To do so effectively, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the types of questions on the test. 

Wonderlic Sample Questions

The questions below come from a selection of Wonderlic cognitive ability tests, including the Wonderlic Personnel Test (also called the Cognitive Ability Test) and the SLE tests. Try them to see where you stand and to isolate where you need to focus your preparation efforts. 

General Knowledge/Following Instructions

The sixth month of the year is

  1. August
  2. September
  3. January
  4. June

The correct answer is D.

The sixth month of the year is June.


SCRUPULOUS is the opposite of

  1. Rigorous
  2. Punctual
  3. Negligent
  4. Meticulous

The correct answer is 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 careless.


Does DIY mean "do it yourself"?

  1. Yes
  2. No

The correct answer is A.

DIY is the acronym for “do it yourself.”

Word Comparison


The meanings of these words are

  1. Similar
  2. Contradictory
  3. Neither similar nor contradictory

The correct answer is A.

To antecede and to precede both mean to be earlier than something.

Checking and Speed

How many of the five pairs listed below are exact duplicates?

Truman. H.W. Trumen, H.W.
Salif, O.L. Salif, O.J.
Grinberg, A.L. Grinberg, A.L.
Havanos, B.G. Havanos, B.G.
Lichtenstein, D.W. Lichtunstein, D.W. 
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

The correct answer is B.

Grinberg, A.L. and Havanos, B.G. are the two pairs that are exact duplicates.

Disarranged Sentences

Arrange the following words so that they make a complete sentence. Is the rearranged sentence true or false?

not Winter seasons summer are and

  1. True
  2. False

The correct answer is B.

The sentence is: Summer and winter are not seasons, which is false.

Deductive Reasoning

Black-haired people are kind.

I am kind.
I have black hair.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Uncertain

The correct answer is C.

According to the first statement, you know that black-haired people are kind but that kind people do not necessarily have black hair. Therefore, you cannot know for sure if the third statement is correct.

Math Word Problems

Question 1: Five cookies cost $0.30. How much will 30 cookies cost?

  1. $1.50
  2. $1.80
  3. $2.80
  4. $5.00
  5. $30.00
  6. None of the above

The correct answer is B.

Because 30 is 6 times more than 5, you must multiply the cost by 6: 0.3*6=1.80.

Question 2: A train travels 100 feet every two seconds. How far will it travel in 36 seconds?

  1. 1670 ft
  2. 1836 ft
  3. 200 ft
  4. 286 ft
  5. 1480 ft
  6. None of the above

The correct answer is F.

Because 36 seconds is 18 times more than two seconds, you must multiply the distance traveled by 18: 100*18=1800. This number does not appear in the answers.

Question 3: Ariel, Alex, and Dana form a business agreement in which Ariel receives 20% of profits, Alex receives 70% of profits, and Dana receives the remaining 10%. The total profits for the month of June were $6,600. How much more would Dana receive if the profits were divided equally?

  1. $1,540
  2. $1,820
  3. $1,900
  4. $2,180
  5. $2,200
  6. None of the above

The correct answer is A.

In the current agreement Dana receives 10% of $6600, which is $6600*10/100=$660. If the profits were divided equally between the three partners she would have received a third, which is $6600*1/3=$2200. Therefore, she would have made $2200-$660=$1540 more in the second case.

Number Series

What is the next number in the series?

24   28   32   36   40   44     __

  1. 40
  2. 48
  3. 24
  4. 88
  5. 42
  6. None of the above

The correct answer is B.

You can see that numbers in the series constantly grow by 4. Therefore, the next number is 44+4=48.

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