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Tom Brady’s Wonderlic Score

Tom Brady aka the Golden Boy is probably the best example in NFL history of an underrated player that should have been drafted higher. In the 2000 NFL draft he was selected in the 6th round with the 199th overall pick. Six quarterbacks were selected ahead of Tom Brady before he was drafted. Considering that many smart NFL analysts view Tom Brady as the greatest NFL player EVER, those statistics are staggering.

Take a look at some of Brady’s highlights while playing at Michigan. Can you see a hall of fame quarterback in the making?

Way back in 2000, Tom Brady went to the NFL Combine and took the Wonderlic test. Do you think that you would be able to score higher than 33 on the test? Did Tom Brady’s Wonderlic score of 33 predict his hall of fame worthy future career?

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

Sever   Adjoin

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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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Reduce the fraction 21/49 to its lowest terms.

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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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What is 456.219456 rounded to the nearest hundredths place?

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Select the word that doesn't belong

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What is the next number in the series: 4, 12, 6, 9, 8, 6,__

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You want to leave a 15% tip on a $33 meal. What is the total cost for the night?

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

Detest   Despise

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The volume of an object that is 23 ft wide, 10 ft deep, and 8 ft height is:

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

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From the list below, select all of the words that could properly complete this sentence:  The car ___________ over the road.

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Martha and Steve have 95 colored pencils. If Martha has 4 times as many as Steve, how many does Steve have?

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(15 ÷ 5) x (10 ÷ 2) =

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What number best completes the analogy; 144:12 1369:

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Select the word that is similar to gross

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16 ÷ 2.5 =

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When folded into a solid shape, the corner "A" touches which other corner?

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Sally wants 3 dozen peanut butter cookies, 4 dozen snickerdoodles, and a dozen chocolate chip cookies. How many cookies will Sally 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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How many exact pairs are there: 5656/5656 3458/3468, 5239/5239, 8967/8967, 1432/1432

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MANIPULATE HANDLE the meanings of these words are:

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REFUTED, IRREFUTABLE – Do these words:

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42 x 0 x 6 =

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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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While Wonderlic scores of Wonderlic players are not released to the public, the media typically has no trouble figuring them out for most NFL prospects during the NFL combine. They’ve figured out that NFL players get an average score of 21 and NFL quarterbacks average about 24. The Wonderlic score is scored from 0-50 with the average score designed to be 20.

It’s a tough test, in particular, because players only have 12 minutes to complete the 50 questions. Calculators are not allowed and many of the questions are intentionally designed to be confusing or contain irrelevant information that testers have to sift through quickly.

While many talented NFL quarterbacks have scored much higher than 33, Tom Brady’s score is quite impressive. It’s on the high side for quarterbacks as the average QB score is about 24. Also, many great quarterbacks like Terry Bradshaw – 16 and Jim Kelly – 15 both scored low on the Wonderlic but went on to have great careers as quarterbacks in the NFL.

While Tom Brady is considered by most the best current quarterback in the league, many starting quarterbacks have scored higher than Tom Brady on the Wonderlic. Actually, it almost seems like most have scored better than Tom Brady. Here’s a quick list, there’s a good chance that we’re missing a few:

  • Aaron Rodgers – 35
  • Sam Bradford – 36
  • Andrew Luck – 37
  • Tony Romo – 37
  • Matt Flynn -38
  • Colin Kaepernick – 38
  • Eli Manning – 39
  • Alex Smith – 40
  • Blaine Gabbert – 42
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – 48

I know not all of them are starting quarterbacks, and you might say that not all of them are actually good quarterbacks. Still, it gives you a sense that Tom Brady’s Wonderlic test score of 33 is not as elite as his level of play.

2000 NFL Draft

Wonderlic tests are meant to give scouts an extra metric to use to compare players in the same draft to one another. Remember how six quarterbacks were drafted ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft? Let’s take a look specifically at the Wonderlic scores of all the quarterbacks drafted ahead of Tom Brady.

  1. Chad Pennington – 25
  2. Giovanni Carmazzi – 32
  3. Chris Redman – 16
  4. Tee Martin – 11
  5. Marc Bulger – 29
  6. Spurgeon Wynn – 25
  7. Tom Brady – 33

What’s amazing is that Tom Brady scored higher on the Wonderlic than every single quarterback that was drafted ahead of him. This particular case goes to show that if scouts likely did not consider Tom Brady’s Wonderlic score to be such a significant factor. While plenty of other factors throughout the NFL Combine and each player’s college career were likely evaluated more closely, this clearly shows that if scouts had gone with Wonderlic test scores alone they would have been better off.