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Free Cognitive Ability Test Sample

Whether you are getting ready for a job interview or you want to further evaluate applicants for a position, you may be familiar with cognitive ability tests. Also known as general intelligence assessments or aptitude tests, cognitive ability tests are tools used by many different organizations to predict the future performance of applicants. They help make hiring and staffing decisions and businesses as well as finding out if a potential student is a good fit at an academic institution.

If you need to take a cognitive ability test in order to get the job you want or to be admitted to a program, practicing with sample questions can be an effective way to get used to the types of questions you would expect to see on an actual cognitive ability test.

Wonderlic is a great organization that provides cognitive ability tests for businesses and academic institutions. While your upcoming cognitive ability test may not feature the exact style of questions found below, you can take one of our free Wonderlic cognitive ability practice tests here. Our tests are timed so you can get a better sense of the pace you need to work to answer questions correctly.

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Quick Practice Test

Our quick sample test is a 25-question multiple-choice test to help you prepare for a Wonderlic test. An official Wonderlic test will contain 50 questions, so this can be a helpful tool as you prepare to take an official test. You will have 6 minutes to answer the 25 questions and you will get one point for every correct answer. There is no penalty for an incorrect answer, so as you practice, be aware of the timer so you can answer as many questions as possible to give yourself the best chance for a high score. When you are ready to begin your Wonderlic practice test, click the "Start" button below.

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What is 456.219456 rounded to the nearest hundredths place?

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Mark got a 20% raise for his salary. If this salary was $1,800, what is his new salary?

3 / 25

Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Employ   Terminate

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What is the average of: 14, 17, 22, 27?

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?


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If the first two statements are true, is the last statement true as well? Dogs like sticks. Marvin has a stick. Marvin is a dog.

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Familiar   Gallant

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Enhance   Entrance

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To make a dozen cookies Trish needs 1/4 cup of butter. She wants to make 9 dozen cookies. How much butter does she need?

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How many exact pairs are there: 5656/5656 3458/3468, 5239/5239, 8967/8967, 1432/1432

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TERMINATE is the opposite of

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An oven can cook 3 thin crust pizzas in an hour or 1 deep dish pizza in a hour. If you have one oven, how much time do you need to make 12 thin crust pizzas and 4 deep dish pizzas?

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From the list below, select all of the quadruped mammals that might be found as a pet in a typical American family home.

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How much square footage is there in a room that is 13 x 18 ft?

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Select the one that is not a type of triangle

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If the first two statements are true, is the last statement true as well? When it rains Julie wears a yellow coat. Julie has on a yellow coat. It is raining.

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There are 4 times as many used cars in the car dealership lot as there as new cars. There are 120 cars total in the dealership lot. How many new cars are in the car dealership lot?

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A race car travels 100 feet in .5 seconds. At this rate of speed, how many feet will the race car travel in a minute?

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MANIPULATE HANDLE the meanings of these words are:

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Add 0.45 + 52.12 + 4.1111 + 206 + 0.00029

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Which of the following is not a whole number followed by its square?

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Rearrange the words to form a complete sentence. Is it true or false? a legs has eight spider

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When folded into a cube, which of the following corners would touch corner "A?"

24 / 25

Pick the state on the west coast

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Sand is to beach as ____ is to road

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More on Cognitive Ability Tests

Cognitive ability tests are used as a quick and effective way to identify qualified applicants out of a large pool or to ensure that an applicant is qualified for a given position. Questions on tests can vary but most include verbal, arithmetic, word matching, and abstract problem solving questions. Many tests are designed to have questions for a specific group of people or for a certain application. They are helpful to identify if a person is either under qualified or overqualified for a role in their organization.

If you are preparing for an upcoming test, the best thing you can do is get a good night’s rest and eat a solid meal before taking the test. While you can take practice tests and view sample test questions, you will not be able to find the same upcoming test questions and answers online. However, you can get a sense of the time restrictions and the types of questions you would expect to see by taking free online sample tests like the one found above.

When taking practice tests, it is best to avoid relying on a calculator while solving tough math questions. Most cognitive tests do not allow the use of calculators, so you are doing more harm than good if you practice using a calculator.

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