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Patrick Mahomes Wonderlic Score

Patrick Mahomes was one of the top top quarterbacks drafted in the 2017 NFL draft, being taken 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs and went on to lead the Chiefs to a Superbowl victory over the San Francisco 49er in 2020.

Patrick Mahomes scored a 24 on the Wonderlic which is about middle-of-the-pack when looking at the score of quarterbacks. Because most teams generally consider Wonderlic scores if they are below average, and given Mahomes’ proven on the field talent, his Wonderlic test score was not significantly affected on draft day.

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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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Choose the word that doesn't belong

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When folded into a solid shape, which corner touches corner "D?"

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

Optional   Observational

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Healthy vs sick is

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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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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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MANIPULATE HANDLE the meanings of these words are:

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If the first two statements are true, is the last statement true as well? Orange butterflies head to the south for the winter. Derek is a butterfly. Derek will head south for the winter.

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

Legend   Key

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How many ounces are in a pound and a half?

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

Familiar   Gallant

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

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The bill is $14.23 and you pay with a $20. How much should you get back in change?

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42 x 0 x 6 =

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There are 40 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can of Dr Pepper. If your max intake of sugar permitted for the day is 25 grams, how much of the Dr. Pepper can you drink?

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In a leap year, how many days does February have?

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If the first two statements are true, is the last statement true as well? Marcia only drinks sweet tea in the summer. Marcia has a sweet tea with her dinner. It is summer.

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A copy machine repairman makes $12.50 per hour plus $4 for every service call he performs. Last week he worked 34 hours and made 6 service calls. How much money did he make?

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Massive is similar to:

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-57 + -74 equals:

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A basketball team has eight boys and four girls on the roster. The boys average 12 points each. The team averages 136 points as a whole. How many points does each girl average?

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A girl is 21 years old and her brother is a third her age. When the girl is 36, what will be the age of her brother?

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

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More on Patrick Mahomes’ Wonderlic Score

Looking at the quarterbacks in Mahomes’ class, he was drafted second in his draft class behind Mitchell Trubisky. Using the table below, you can view all Wonderlic scores of quarterbacks drafted in 2017, organized by their draft position.

QuarterbackWonderlic ScorePositionTeam
Mitch Trubisky25Round 1 – No. 2Bears
Patrick Mahomes24Round 1 – No. 10Chiefs
Deshaun Watson20Round 1 – No. 12Texans
Deshone Kizer28Round 2 – No. 52Browns
Davis Webb25Round 3 – No. 87Giants
C.J. Beathard26Round 3 – No. 10449ers
Josh Dobbs29Round 4 – No.135Steelers
Nathan Peterman33Round 5 – No. 171Bills
Brad Kaaya34Round 6 – No. 215Lions
Chad Kelly22Round 7 – No. 253Broncos

None of the Wonderlic test scores were outstanding in 2017, so it did not seem to play a big factor in 2017. For comparison, Jared Goff scored a 36 and Carson Wentz scored a 40 the year before the 2017 draft. Both of their scores are higher than any QB Wonderlic score in the 2017 draft.

Mahomes’ score is also above average when compared to the general population. As you can see in the graph below, a very small percentage of the population scores 35 or higher, and the average is close to 20.

About Patrick Mahomes

Pat Mahomes played his College football at Texas Tech, where he was known for putting up big stats through the air and on the ground. Mahomes won the starting position his freshman year and had impressive numbers for both his Freshman and Sophomore seasons. However, his Junior season was his most impressive year and caught the eye of many NFL scouts. He threw for 5052 yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also proved to be a more composed quarterback, recognizing open receivers, controlling the tempo of his offense and consistently making accurate throws.

Mahomes also seems to have the talent required at the NFL level and shows a great deal of promise as a starter in the NFL. His arm strength may be the best in this year’s quarterback class, and he has been known to throw bullets to receivers in tight windows (which will only get tighter in the NFL). In fact, he is known to throw 93 mph fastballs as a baseball pitcher.

With most college quarterback being drafted, there will be many adjustments that Mahomes will need to make at the NFL level. Many of the plays he ran in college, including screens, quick passes and quarterback runs, will not be reliable in the NFL. While Mahomes was excellent at scrambling and extending the play, he will now be up against the strongest and fastest defensive football players in the world. He will need to learn the fine line at the NFL level of when to scramble and how to avoid costly sacks or interceptions when under pressure.

About the Wonderlic Test

The Wonderlic test is a cognitive ability test given to all participants of the NFL Scouting Combine. All test takers must complete the entire 50 question test in under 12 minutes, meaning they are given only about 14 seconds per question. Questions are similar to what you would expect to find on an IQ test and calculators are not allowed to solve math related questions. 

While many argue that it is not a good measure of future success for all position players, many consider it to be particularly important for quarterbacks. Because good quarterbacks at the NFL level must memorize opposing defensive players and schemes along with knowing their own offensive information, some form of cognitive ability testing seems appropriate for the position. Because the Wonderlic is a test of both smarts and quick thinking, it also seems appropriate for a football position that demands the ability to think fast.

Because quarterbacks are at a premium during this particular offseason, a great deal of attention will be given to Patrick Mahomes and his Wonderlic test score, along with other statistics coming from the NFL combine.