“I brought my pencil. Give me something to write on.”
– Van Halen, Hot For Teacher
“It was my understanding that there would be no math.”
– Saturday Night Live star Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford, 1976
It’s almost draft time, that time of the year where NFL general managers poke, prod and spend sleepless hours breaking down game film of prospects that will ultimately determine their job security. While Todd McShay, the cleanly-coifed Mel Kiper and the rest of the sports pundits query their crystal balls wondering where each prospect will land, the future booms and busts of the league do whatever they can to ensure their rightful place on an NFL roster.
Running the forty yard dash, bench pressing 225 lbs until your arms quiver and leaping tall buildings in a single bound are all impressive physical feats, however, there is another test future footballers must take to impress the scouts. And it’s a score that sticks with them for the rest of their lives.
The Wonderlic Test is a written, cognitive abilities exam that each draftee must complete in only 12-minutes time. It is designed to give those who invest in the future athlete an idea of what kind of brainiac they’re about to employ. The test contains fifty questions and like any standardized test is riddled with questions that nobody likes to answer.
If you have ever dreamed about making an NFL roster, here’s your chance. I’ll even spare you the bench presses.
Below is a standard Wonderlic Test. And before you start panicking that you’re not good at standardized tests, keep in mind Terrelle Pryor scored a 7 on his. So grab your stopwatch, a pencil and some paper and get ready to see if you’d make the cut or whether you’d forever be labeled an NFL dunce.
Submit your answers to be graded below. I trust you will honor your fellow test takers by allowing yourself 12 minutes on your own honor system.
FYI, I took the test myself and could not complete it in the allotted twelve minutes.
Good luck and um… my people will be in touch.
1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next?
8 4 2 1 ½ ¼ ?
2. Assume the first two statements are true.
The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats.
Is the final one:
The boy wears a hat.
3. not certain?
3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?
4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?
5. RESENT RESERVE
Do these words
1. have similar meanings
2. have contradictory meanings
3. mean neither the same nor opposite?
6. What is the next number in the sequence: 3, 8, 18, 38…?
7. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?
8. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?
9. The ninth month of the year is
October January June September May
10. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
7 .8 31 .33 2
11. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?
12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
June March May November
13. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?
14. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:
1. True 2. False 3. Not certain?
Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.
15. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?
16. A physical education class has three times as many girls as boys. During a class basketball game, the girls average 18 points each and the class as a whole averages 17 points per person. How many points does each boy score on average?
17. Randolph has 8 ties, 6 pairs of pants, and 4 dress shirts. How many days could he possibly go without wearing the same combination of these three items?
18. John is a mechanic. He makes $8.50 an hour, plus $3 extra for every oil change he performs. Last week he worked 36 hours and performed 17 oil changes. How much money did he make?
19. A box of staples has a length of 6 cm, a width of 7 cm, and a volume of 378 cm cubed. What is the height of the box?
20. Arnold is about to go on a 500-mile car trip. His mechanic recommends that he buy a special highway engine oil that will save him 50 cents in gas for every 25 miles of the trip. This new oil, however, will cost $20. Is it worthwhile for Arnold to buy the oil if he has a coupon for $4 dollars off the price?
21. Which number is larger: .8, 8, 90, 200?
22. If a cup of pancake mix makes 2 pancakes, how many pancakes can be made with 3 cups of pancake mix?
23. An airplane travels 100 miles per hour. How long will the airplane take to travel 300 miles?
24. A gallon of gas costs $2.50. How many gallons of gas can be purchased with $5?
25. A 10 year old Ford truck has 100,000 miles on the engine when the transmission fails on the truck. There are two replacements available- one transmission will last for 20 years, or 50,000 miles, and the other transmission will last for 8 years, or 75,000 miles. Given the current average yearly mileage on this truck, which transmission would last the longest?
26. A rocket engine that takes off from earth burns 10,000 pounds of fuel in 15 minutes, and is able to lift 20,000 pounds total for that time period (including the rocket fuel itself). If a payload that weighs 20,000 pounds is needed to be transported for one hour, and unused rocket engines are dropped in stages after their fuel has been exhausted, how many rocket engines must be used to transport the payload for that time period?
27. How many of the five pairs listed below are exact duplicates?
Bologna AND Balogna
Malicious AND Malicious
Firearm AND Fiream
Space Shuttle AND Space Huttle
Gray AND Green
28. 7 months of the year have 31 days, and 4 have 30 days. What month has only 28 days?
29. Do the words retire and inspire have opposite meanings, similar meanings, or no relation?
30. Do the words hypothesis and theory have opposite meanings, similar meanings, or no relation?
31. Choose the verb that correctly completes the sentence:
Have you ________ the painting yet? A) Finish B) Finishes C) Finishing D) Finished
A) 16 B) 9 C) 14 D) 23
33. The 5:15 train takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Graystone. Today the train will be late. What time will it get to Graystone?
A) 7:15 B) 7:05 C) 7:25 D) 7:40
34. Choose the answer that most nearly means the same as the underlined word:
An inaccuracy is a:
A) Mistake B) Type of Medicine C) Prison D) Chance Happening
35. A synonym of firmament is:
A) Ground B) River C) Sky D) Future
36. Find two words, one from each group, that are closest in meaning.
Group A: raise floor stairs
Group B: top elevate basement
A. raise and elevate
B. raise and top
C. floor and basement
D. stairs and top
E. floor and elevate
37. The day before the day before yesterday is three days after Saturday. What day is it today?
A. Monday B. Tuesday C. Wednesday D. Thursday E. Friday
38. Which number should come next in the series?
1 3 6 10 15
39. What is the next number in the sequence: 3, 8, 18, 38…?
40. What is the next number in the sequence: 5, 9, 17,33,…?
41. Peyton Manning threw for 1,126 yards in his first four games. At this rate, how many yards will he throw for in sixteen games?
42. Which number does not belong?
4 32 144 17 28 122 18 64 188 322 14 202
43. Select the number that best completes the analogy
10:6 :: 3:?
44. Last year, 12 out of 600 employees at a service organization were rewarded for their excellence in customer service, which was ____ of the employees.
A) 1% B) 2% C) 3% D) 4% E) 6%
45. What is the average of: 12, 15, 23, 10
46. -37 + -47 equals:
47. Which of the following numbers represents the greatest amount: 6, 6.0, 0.600, 60?
48. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
Sandra is responsible for ordering all office supplies.
Notebooks are office supplies.
Sandra is responsible for ordering notebooks.
A) yes B) no C) uncertain
49. Some months have 30 days, others have 31 days. How many months have 28 days in them?
50. Divide 30 by half. Add 10. Multiply by 3. Add 6. What is does this equal?
Extra Credit: What is your favorite website?