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About the Wonderlic Personnel Test

The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) is also known as the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (CAT). This exam is not a measure of how smart you are, but rather how well you play the game. This test is all about knowing the right strategies for getting the highest score possible, while at the same time completing all the given questions.

In this way, your future employer will be able to glean how you will fare tackling tough jobs under strict time limits. Let’s now take a deeper look into the test’s questions, format, and score. 

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4 Types of Wonderlic Personnel Test Questions


✻ Spatial Reasoning
Spatial reasoning questions assess your ability in utilizing logic to discern various patterns. This ability is important in a wide range of fields, such as architecture, design, engineering, and various military positions. You can also apply this skill in day-to-day office jobs. How so? A person with strong spatial reasoning skills will generally have the capacity to approach complex situations and find unique solutions in a way that others may not be able to do.


✻ Speed
Speed questions are generally easy but are thrown at you very quickly. For instance, a question might be as simple as “what is not a food item?” When answering this question, you will have to choose from a list of four possibilities, such as cake, banana, dessert, and desert. While we all know that dessert is a food course and desert is a hot area, it can be easy to confuse them under pressure.


✻ Verbal
Verbal reasoning questions are used to measure candidates' capabilities in an office environment. These questions are important because they assess skills which are related to the comprehension and understanding of language. For instance, you may be tested on anagrams, antonyms vs. synonyms, metaphors, and common or colloquial sayings.  Additionally, you might be given a sentence such as: “An arm has two monkeys." After reading this statement, you will be asked if the sentence can be arranged into a proper sentence.


✻ Word Problems
Questions in this math word problem segment will contain a mix of both long and short word problems. For instance, a question might relate to clothing production in a factory, consider this example: "A food factory has two machines which produce a combined 300 boxes a cereal per hour on a regular day.  One of the machines is broken and the second is only in operation for 30 minutes before it breaks as well. How many boxes of cereal were created before the second machine broke?"  Wonderlic Sample Test 


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Wonderlic Test 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 so you can find out where to focus your preparation efforts. You can also experience our Wonderlic sample test.

General Knowledge / Following Instructions

The sixth month of the year is:

a) August
b) September
c) January
d) June


SCRUPULOUS is the opposite of: 

a) Rigorous
b) Punctual
c) Negligent
d) Meticulous

Vocabulary / Acronyms

Does DIY mean "do it yourself"? 

A) Yes
B) No

The correct answer is A.

DIY is the acronym for “do it yourself.”

Word Comparison


The meanings of these words are:

A) Similar.
B) Contradictory.
C) 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. 

a) 1
b) 2
c) 3
d) 4

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

A) True
B) False

The correct answer is B.

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

Deductive Reasoning

First statement: Black-haired people are kind.
Second statement: I am kind.

I have black hair.

A) Yes
B) No
C) 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

Five cookies cost $0.30. How much will 30 cookies cost?

a) $1.50
b) $1.80
c) $2.80
d) $5.00


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

a) 1670 ft
b) 1836 ft
c) 286 ft
d) None of the above


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?

a) $1,540
b) $1,820
c) $1,900
d) $2,180

Number Series

What is the next number in the series?

24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, __

a) 40
b) 48
c) 24
d) 88



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Wonderlic Online Test Scores

Every company and job position requires a different minimum passing score on the Wonderlic exam. Listed below are some common professions and their required Wonderlic scores (according to Wonderlic data). However, it’s important to note that you should find out what your specific company, position, or department requires of its candidates.


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