The Wonderlic Personnel Test

Everything you need to know about the Wonderlic test that could help you land the job you want



Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

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What is the Wonderlic test?

What if we told you that there is no Wonderlic Test? Well, in fact, there is no single test officially called “The Wonderlic Test.”

Instead, there are a series of different Wonderlic tests. The most common one is the Wonderlic Personnel Test, which is also called the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability test. When you hear someone talk generally about “The Wonderlic Test” (and that probably happens most during NFL draft season), this is the test they’re talking about.

What is the Wonderlic Personnel test?

According to Wonderlic, Inc., the Personnel Test is a cognitive ability test designed to “measure a candidate’s ability to learn, adapt, solve problems and understand instructions.”

A cognitive ability test is a lot like an IQ test.
It’s used by employers during the job interview process to select the candidates that are most likely to succeed in a given role. So if you’re selected to take the test, take it seriously and prepare– it could be the difference between being hired or not.

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test

It’s kind of like a miniature IQ test. And it’s used frequently to screen job applicants or to compare interview candidates. It’s not the only factor that matters in being hired (interviews and resumes are very important) but your Wonderlic score can make a difference if you’re up against otherwise similarly qualified candidates.

There are 2 versions of the Wonderlic Personnel Test:

The Wonderlic Personnel Test Quicktest (WPT-Q)

The Personnel Quicktest test is a timed 8-minute test made up of 30 questions worth one point each.

The average test-taker scores less than 15 points (each question is worth one point, so the highest possible score is 30 points) and only a small fraction of people even finish all 30 questions.

You only get 16 seconds per question, so there’s no real benefit to being at home (there’s no time to look up answers online). You need to be ready before you click to open the link to your Wonderlic Personnel Quicktest… or be prepared to live with the consequences.
Take our Wonderlic practice test to see how you do.
The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R)

The full version of the Wonderlic Personnel test is a timed 12-minute test made up of 50 questions.

Your results on the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R) will be compared to other candidates’ results during the interview process and can be the deciding factor in the hiring decision.

As with the quicktest, the average test-taker answers less than 50% of the questions correctly (the average score is about 21) and only a small fraction of people even finish all 50 questions.

Take our Wonderlic practice test to see how you do.

What is on the Wonderlic Personnel test?

The 50 questions (or 30 on the WPT-Q) test your math, logic and verbal reasoning skills. There are many different question types, including:



  • Averages
  • Algebraic Word Problems
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Ratios & Rates



  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • 3D Shapes
  • Pattern Recognition


Verbal Reasoning

  • Proverbs
  • Finding Exceptions
  • Sentence ordering
  • Analogies
  • Vocabulary


General Knowledge

  • Finding errors/duplicates
  • Date recognition
  • Decimal number ordering
  • Graphs and data plotting
  • Vocabulary

An online Wonderlic study course– like our Rapid Wonderlic Mastery course— will help you learn the right way to approach to solve each question type. Plus, the course gives you access to 5 more Wonderlic practice tests and sample Wonderlic questions with answers to perfect your skills.

What else do I need to know about the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability test?

This test could realistically be the deciding factor in whether or not you get hired. So take it seriously.

If you want this job, don’t blow off your test. If you’ve received an email invitation to take the Wonderlic Personnel Quicktest online, prepare yourself before you click that link and start the test. There are no second chances.

Multiple studies show that taking practice tests significantly improves performance on standardized tests like the Wonderlic.

Practice doesn’t make perfect in this case but it does make you better.

The more tests you take, the better you’ll know what kind of questions to look out for, how to solve them and where to focus your time to get the best results. (Or you could just sign up for our Wonderlic study course, and just let us guide you to a better score quickly.)


Proven Wonderlic test strategies show you how to master the Wonderlic test quickly and easily.

The test is designed to assess your natural cognitive ability. But the test itself is like a game. Once you understand the rules you can figure out how to use them to your advantage to improve your score.

It will also help you avoid common traps that waste points and valuable time.

Note: Wonderlic Inc. and other trademarks are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with Wonderlic Test Prep or this website.



Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

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