Coming off a stellar career at Louisville, Lamar Jackson will be one of the biggest names headlining the 2018 NFL draft. Jackson racked up many highlights while playing at Louisville, and was awarded many accolades including the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award, and the Heisman Trophy.
One result that Lamar Jackson would like to put behind him is his Wonderlic test score, which was a disappointing 13.
The Wonderlic is a 50 question test that must be completed in 12 minutes. Each question answered correctly accounts for one point. Quarterbacks average a 24 on the test and all position players average a 22.
You can get a sense of how difficult the Wonderlic is by taking our free sample test. Click “Start Test” and the timer will start. You can also view all 2018 NFL draft Wonderlic scores organized by position.
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There are a few other quarterbacks in scouting combine history that also scored a 13 on the Wonderlic. Know any of them?
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So, what is the Wonderlic anyway?
The Wonderlic is a measure of cognitive ability, very similar to an IQ test. The big difference is that the test is made up of only 50 questions that test takers have 12 minutes to complete. That may sound easy, but the average score on the test is designed to be 20 – very much how the IQ test is designed to have an average score of 100.
Questions from the Wonderlic are not necessarily difficult to answer correctly, but the time allotted makes it incredibly difficult to answer all 50 questions in time. Most low Wonderlic scores you see are not due to a person’s inability to get the answer right, but usually due to poor time management.
The short amount of time required to complete the test makes it ideal for many applications where test administrators need a reliable but fast method for evaluating individuals. This makes the Wonderlic ideal for human resources departments at companies looking to identify top level job candidates as well as colleges and universities looking to better assess their incoming students.
More on Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson will be one of the star players entering the NFL draft, and his score from the NFL Scouting Combine will certainly be talked about years after the draft.
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