Full Preparation for the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)


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Scroll down to learn everything you need to know about how to prepare for the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam; review the sample questions and learn how to answer them quickly and efficiently.

What is The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)?

In essence, it is an academic assessment exam used to assess a student's capacity to learn, comprehend, and follow instructions. There are two SLE tests; the long version (SLE) requires answering 50 questions in 12 minutes, and the short version (SLE-Q) requires answering 30 questions in 8 minutes.

What Is a Passing Score on The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam(SLE)?

Most programs require a minimum score of 12, but some schools require 16 and above.

Below is a table showing the passing scores for different academic institutions:

 Institution  Score Range Required for Passing  Test Version
 Concorde College  8-21  SLE
 Northwest College  13-18  SLE
 Carrington College  13-15  SLE
 American Career College  12-17  SLE-Q
 CBD College  12-16  SLE
 San Joaquin Valley College  12-15  SLE-Q

Most of the institutions use the standard Wonderlic Scholastic Exam for their screening but some prefer the short exam SLE-Q that is specifically designed for distance learning programs.

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Is the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Hard?

The Wonderlic SLE exam is hard with only 5% of assessment test takers managing to finish every question. Wonderlic questions aren't hard to solve if you have an hour to spare, but answering 50 questions in 12 minutes can be quite a challenge.

It’s like running a 100-meter race; running a hundred meters isn’t hard, but if you add time to the equation it changes everything.

To answer 50 questions in 12 minutes you have to have the formulas already ingrained deeply in your mind; be very familiar with them, and easily recognize different types of questions and topics.

Have you ever solved a test, looked at the answers, and tried to redo it all over again? It was much easier, right?

The more you familiarize yourself with the material, the faster you will be able to answer the questions on the real exam.

Topics Covered on The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam(SLE)

Because the Wonderlic test is designed to test general intelligence, it covers a wide range of topics.

As you can see in the table below the test examines your skill and understanding in 4 main areas:

  • English (Verbal)
  • Math (Numerical)
  • Logic & Abstract reasoning
  • General Knowledge

Those are then further broken down into specific questions with unique characteristics.

 General knowledge Logic & Abstract
 English (Verbal)  Math (Numerical)
 Finding Errors  Spatial Reasoning  Grammar  Word Problems
 Recognizing Dates  3 D Shapes & Titles  Analogies  Number Series
 General Facts  Pattern Recognition  Vocabulary  Fraction Value
     Synonyms & Antonyms  Number Patterns
     Sentence Structure  
     Word Scrambles  
     Deductive Reasoning  

Feel that the topics on the test are unfamiliar to you?

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Wonderlic Cognitive Assessment Sample Questions and Answers

Try to answer a question from each category to get a sense of what the assessment test is about and what role time plays in it.

Can You Get It Right with Only 14 Seconds per question?

Set up a timer for 30 seconds and see if you can beat it.


Wonderlic Test Math Free Sample Question and Answer

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Maya is 3 times older than Zak. If in 2 years Zak will be 22, how old is Maya today?

None of these
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If in 2 years Zak will be 22, today he is 22-2=20.
Maya is 3 times older than him, so she is:

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Wonderlic Test Logical Reasoning Free Sample Question and Answer

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

Black belt warriors are the strongest fighters.

Blue belt warriors are also fighters.

Pink belt warriors are weaker fighters than blue belt warriors.

Cannot Say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

According to the information given above, we know that black belt warriors are the strongest fighters. We also know that blue belt warriors are fighters, and thus they must be weaker than black belt warriors. There is no information about pink belt warriors, so we do not know if they are or are not stronger than blue belt warriors Therefore, the correct answer is C, cannot say.

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Five Golden Time Management Rules for Answering Questions Quickly

To succeed on the Wonderlic SLE test, you must improve your response time.

Here are five time management tips to keep in mind:

Don't waste too much time on any one question

Skipping a question can be a strategy or a mistake, depending on when you do it.

Only first-hand experience and practicing real-time simulations can teach you that.

Take the extra second to make sure your answer is correct

You can make fatal mistakes by trying to beat the clock and finish questions too quickly.

In the beginning, work fast, then slow down

Being quick with the first questions could give you an edge.

Keep in mind that the assessment test questions will get more difficult as you progress through the test, so give yourself enough time to answer the more challenging ones.

Manage expectations

Don’t expect yourself to answer every question on the test, few testees can be proud of such an accomplishment.

Instead, make sure the answers you do give are accurate.

Guessing Penalty

The penalty for guessing when the clock is almost up is none, so it is beneficial to just guess.

Tips for guessing:

  • When encountering two similar questions, it’s a clue that one of them is correct.
  • The positive solution is usually correct in questions with both positive and negative opposites.
  • Use the process of elimination; when answering questions quickly, eliminate the answers you know are incorrect, then focus on the remaining options.

The best way to reduce your response time is by practicing Real-Time Simulations.
The Wonderlic SLE Prep Kit offers exactly that! With nine full-length Wonderlic-style tests, you will reduce your question response time to the absolute minimum.

Key Differences Between SLE Study Book Guides and Paid Online Practice

There are several strategies you can use to prepare for the Wonderlic SLE test:

  1. Buying a premium preparation kit like the JobTestPrep scholastic level exam prep kit.
  2. Buying a book.
  3. Practice online for free.

Below is a table illustrating the main differences between them.


Wonderlic Scholastic Exam Prep Kit Prep Books Free Practice Sites
Money-Back Guarantee  Yes  No  No
Test-like updated questions  Yes  No  No
Real-Time Simulations  Yes  No  No
Step-By-Step Explanations
For EVERY Question
 Yes  Yes  No
Adaptive And Personalized Score Reports  Yes  No  No
24/7 Customer Support  Yes  No  No

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What Is the Cost of The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam?

Contacting the school's administration is the best way to find out; while most academic institutions don’t charge applicants for taking the test, a minority do.

For example, the University of North Dakota charges $25 for each test you take.


What Is the SLE-Q Wonderlic Test?

It’s the short 8-minute version of the Wonderlic scholastic level exam; the SLE-Q test consists of 30 questions that must be answered in 8 minutes or 16 seconds per question. It is usually done online without supervision. The only difference between the long and short versions of the test is time the questions are similar so preparation should be the same.


What Is the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam for Nursing?

The Wonderlic scholastic level exam for nursing, also known as the Wonderlic nursing assessment test, assesses a candidate's ability to cope with the challenges facing nursing students.

A student must score a minimum amount to be accepted into the institution he is applying to.

Most programs require at least a 16, although some schools set the minimal score as high as 30.

The following table provides an example of minimum test scores required for various academic programs at Northwest College, California.

Program Score Requirement
Massage therapist 13
Medical Assistant 13

The stats show that to be accepted as a diagnostic medical sonographer, one must score five points higher compared to a dental assistant.

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What Are the Key Differences Between the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test and The Wonderlic Scholastic Exam?

The only difference between the Wonderlic cognitive test and the Wonderlic SLE test is that the SLE test includes fewer questions related to shapes, fewer questions about abstract reasoning, and puts a greater focus on common logic and verbal questions.


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