The Wonderlic Test is a standardized test that some employers use to assess the abilities of workers or prospective workers. It became popular in the 1970s, when the National Football League (NFL) began to administer the test to prospective draftees. There used to be only one Wonderlic Test, but now there are two: the The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) which measures basics like math and reading and the WPT (Wonderlic Personnel Test) which measures cognitive or problem solving skills.
Find out which Wonderlic test you are taking. Each test is very different, and will affect how you prepare for and study for the test. It will also affect which online practice test you take, if you choose to do so.
Familiarize yourself with the details of the test version you are going to take. The test can range from basic skills learned in school to more cognitive thinking, which tests your ability to problem solve. Being prepared for the specific type of test ensures that you will not waste time practicing the wrong skills or prep questions.
Familiarize yourself with the scoring system of the Wonderlic. Since your final test score depends on correct answers, you are not penalized for incorrect answers. This could affect your test taking strategy, depending on what score your test administrator wishes you to get.
Read a practice guide for your version of the Wonderlic. There are many available online, some for free and others for a fee.
Set a score goal. Depending on who is giving you the Wonderlic test and what they would like for you to score, this goal can vary. Set your goal then follow the rest of the steps until you achieve it.
Take a practice test. There are many practice tests for each version of the Wonderlic available online. Some are free, while others charge a fee. Make sure to take the test under test conditions, such as in a quiet environment. Don't forget to time the test, since all Wonderlic tests are timed.
Score your practice test. If you did not get to your goal score, review the practice guide and try again. Repeat until you achieve your goal score.
Things You Will Need
- Internet Connection
- Take a few sharpened no. 2 pencils with you to the test if your test is in written form. If you are not sure if the test is computerized or written, take some anyways just in case. Better to be prepared and look prepared in the eyes of a possible future employer.
- Get a good night's sleep. Even though most Wonderlic tests are fairly short, even the smallest cut in sleep time can result in difficulty concentrating and decreased awareness. Either one of these could lead to increased time to answer each question, resulting in incomplete tests. This could impact your final score.
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