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How Does the Wonderlic Correspond to the IQ Test?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) not only measures intelligence. It is a measure of verbal, numerical and spatial abilities and the ability to think quickly and effectively. The WPT is used globally to screen job candidates in a short period of time and is frequently described as a quick IQ test. While many people want to know their Wonderlic score based on their IQ score and vice versa, unfortunately, there is no simple way to convert the Wonderlic score to a comparable IQ number as the structure of both tests are very different.

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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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Find 0.2347 ÷ 1

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

LevelEqual

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Over the course of two weeks, Al spent $105.00 on lunch. What was the average cost per day?

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A candy maker makes two sizes of candies. Using the smaller size, a full jar will contain 120 pieces of candy. Using the larger candies a jar will contain 80 pieces of candy. The candy maker has a strict rule that no jars will contain a mix of small and large candies. If a store has room for 15 jars and they want 1560 total pieces of candy, how many jars will contain smaller candies?

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16 ÷ 2.5 =

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Sand is to beach as ____ is to road

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Which following list of odd numbers totals 56?

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There are 12 more toy cars than toy trucks in a toy box with a total of 38 toy cars and trucks. How many toy trucks are in the toy box?

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If you have 3 dimes, 5 quarters, and 6 nickels, how much change do you have?

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What is 456.219456 rounded to the nearest hundredths place?

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Frankie wants a tattoo that will take 5 hours to complete. If the artist charges $85 a hour for the first three hours and half price for every hour after, how much will it cost?

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

Fault   Break

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Louis makes $4638.34 a month. If $345.12 is taken out in taxes, what percentage has been removed?

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There are how many inches in 17.5 feet?

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A store buys a pack of gum for 33 cents per pack from their supplier.  How much would 12 packs cost?

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Which word does not belong?

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When folded into a cube, which of the following corners would be touching each other?

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The hours of darkness in May are most similar to which month?

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42 x 0 x 6 =

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In the number 10,987.36 which digit represents the tenths space?

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(15 ÷ 5) x (10 ÷ 2) =

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MONSOON AGATE. These words are:

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If sales tax is 6% and you buy a shirt for $25 how much do you owe?

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Joseph gets married next month. One year ago from the date he will get married, Joseph was in the Hamptons for the 4th of July. What month is it?

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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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WPT History

Invented in 1939, the WPT quickly gained popularity for its accuracy and swiftness. Today the WPT is used primarily by companies around the world to screen job applicants and for personal analysis. Now available in 12 languages, the WPT is used as part of many psychological assessments.

Wonderlic Test Features

Average Score
Other intelligence tests such as the IQ test set the score for average intelligence at 100. The WPT uses 21 as its score for the average person.

Efficient
The 50 question WPT must be finished in 12 minutes. Regardless of whether the test is complete participants must stop working when their 12 minutes are up. The fast pace and short list of questions mark the WTP as being quicker than other IQ tests.

Structure
The WPT is similar to other IQ tests in that it begins with easy questions then moves on in difficulty with the final questions being the most difficult.

No Negative Marking
Test takers are not penalized for incorrect answers. As with any test, participants should read the questions carefully and select the best answer, but they won’t receive negative marks for wrong answers.

No Test Aids Allowed
Test takers are not allowed to use any tools such as calculators or dictionaries. After reading the questions, participants record their answers in pencil on the test.

Wonderlic Focus Areas

Verbal
The verbal portion of the test may have the following types of questions:
1. Matching vocabulary with definitions.
2. Rearranging mixed up sentences into the correct order.
3. Identifying parallel sentences.
4. Reading information and using critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and make inferences.

Math
The numerical portion of the test may contain the following kinds of problems:
1. Equation solving using decimals, fractions, and other math concepts.
2. Pattern continuation.
3. Number comparisons.

Spatial
The spatial test’s focus is imagination and geometrical visualization. Problems may include:
1. Following directions to reach the correct destination.
2. Analyzing geometric shapes.

Simple Instructions
A lesser-known aspect of the Wonderlic is its testing of participants’ ability to follow simple instructions. Participants may be unaware that they are being tested on this ability from the beginning of the quiz. The assumption is that a person who cannot follow simple directions may not perform reliably in real life circumstances.

Although the WPT has faced its share of criticism, it remains a popular psychological test. The test has its limitations, but can still be a useful tool for applicant screenings.

Wonderlic to IQ Conversion

Because the IQ and the Wonderlic are similar but separate tests there is no way to determine your Wonderlic score based on your IQ score, or vice versa. However, using a normal distribution bell curve it’s possible to make approximations. Below are IQ to Wonderlic conversions based on standard deviations of both tests.

  • 68 on IQ = 5 on Wonderlic
  • 85 on IQ = 14 on Wonderlic
  • 100 on IQ = 22 on Wonderlic
  • 115 on IQ = 29 on Wonderlic
  • 132 on IQ = 36 on Wonderlic