The thought of going into a test unprepared is enough to give anyone anxiety. Fortunately, if you have to take the Wonderlic in the near future this site can help ease your fears and get you prepared for what’s to come. We’ll walk you through the different types of questions you’ll find on the test and show you some specific examples of questions and the correct answers for each.
Types of questions on the Wonderlic test
It’s important that you become familiar with the types of questions you’ll be facing during the Wonderlic test if you hope to achieve a high score. With 50 questions to answer in 12 minutes, you’ll have an average of only 14.4 seconds to answer each question in order to complete the test. Any unanswered questions are considered incorrect and can’t help your total score.
Wonderlic test questions fall into three basic categories.
There tend to be more math questions than other types of questions on the Wonderlic test. The questions don’t require advanced skills in math, however, many do require a fair bit of thought to figure out precisely what you should be calculating to find the correct answer. Often times the questions are worded in such a way to make it appear you should be doing one calculation when in fact you should be doing an entirely different calculation. So, while you should be moving swiftly through questions, make sure you read each math question carefully to understand precisely what you are trying to solve.
Common types of math questions on the test include:
- Finding averages
- Percentages and ratios
- Number series and ordering
Sample question: On Tuesday and Wednesday, cab fare cost $7.75 total. On Monday and Thursday, cab fare cost $6.30 on each day. On Friday, cab fare cost $7.00. What was the average daily cost?
The trick to this question, as mentioned above, is reading the question carefully. Many people would answer $7.02, which would be incorrect. If you misread the first sentence, you might think that the cab fare for Tuesday and Wednesday was $7.75 each day. However, that’s the total for both days. Calculating this question correctly looks like this:
$7.75 + $6.30 + $6.30 + $7 = $27.35 / 5 = $5.47
Pro tip: Once you calculate the correct answer, select it and move on. Don’t waste time testing other calculations. If you’re confident in your answer you will only waste time trying to see how the other solutions could be correct.
A big part of assessing someone’s intelligence in the Wonderlic test is by testing their language skills. These questions aim to gauge your vocabulary and grammar skills. This is one of the tougher areas of the test to “cram” for, as vocabulary and language rules aren’t learned overnight.
Common types of English questions include:
- Synonyms and antonyms
Sample question: Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related? Legend | Key
While these words may seem familiar, some people will be tested on words they are completely unfamiliar with. In this instance, both words have multiple meanings and if you are unfamiliar with all of the words’ meanings you might believe the words to be not related. However, the terms legend and key can both be used to describe the explanatory portion of a map. For questions like these, quickly consider all of the possible meanings for the provided terms. When dealing with words outside of your vocabulary, questions like these seem impossible. If this is a concern, the best way to prepare on short notice is to study meanings of root words, as well as prefixes and suffixes to help you make educated guesses.
Pro tip: If you are completely unfamiliar with all of the terms provided, simply make a guess and move on. If you have time after finishing the rest of the questions you can come back and reconsider your answer. Considering so few people complete the test in under 12 minutes, you’re best served to offer up a guess to at least give yourself a chance of answering correctly.
Logic and reasoning
The ability to quickly make logical decisions is another component tested by questions within the Wonderlic test. As you might imagine, this is a trait that employers and schools would appreciate an applicant having, so improving your skills on these types of questions can be valuable beyond just taking this test.
Common types of logic and reasoning questions include:
- Simple logic
- Clerical and pattern identification
Sample question: If the first two statements are true, the third statement is true? false? not certain?
#1: A man works at Bob’s Pool Store.
#2: All the employees at the pool store wear blue shirts.
#3: The man wears blue shirts.
The statements lead logically from one to the next. We know that the man works at the pool store, and that ALL employees wear blue shirts, so the man logically must wear blue shirts. Alternate versions of this question can be trickier. For example, if #2 read as “cashiers at the pool store wear blue shirts” then you cannot logically deduce whether or not the man wears blue shirts as we do not know if he is a cashier.
Pro tip: Practice as many of these types of questions as possible if you are not confident in your ability to answer them. Over time you’ll become comfortable with the questions and their format and be able to answer them both quickly and correctly.