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What Are the Wonderlic Tests?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is often called the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test. There are several Wonderlic tests, including the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) and the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). Make sure you are preparing for the correct test and learn more about the different tests here. Compare our different practice packs for the Wonderlic tests on our Wonderlic practice test online shop.

What Is the Wonderlic Personnel Test?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) is used industry-wide to help companies identify the best candidates for employment. The test is designed to assess various skills, including candidates' ability to understand instructions, solve problems, learn, and adapt to challenges presented.

What Is the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) used to be called the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test. These two names are often used interchangeably. If you have been advised that you will be taking the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test or a Wonderlic personality test, you can use the Wonderlic Personnel Test Pack to prepare. Our pack also includes a personality profiling section and math word problems.

It is important that you understand the different cognitive abilities test: the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R).

What Is the Difference Between the WPT-R and the WPT-Q?

See the table below for a comparison between the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised, and the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest. Read more about both tests below.

Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R) Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q)
50 questions 30 questions
12 minutes 8 minutes
Proctored (supervised) Non-proctored (unsupervised)
Administered online or in person Administered only online


What Is the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R)?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R) is a 50-question test with a 12 minute time limit. The test is designed to identify to employers candidates who possess the following skills:

  • show good decision making within pressured time limits
  • strong analytical skills
  • fast response times to questions

The test is often supervised, and is administered both online and in hard copy. As soon as the test is completed, results are made available.

What Is the Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q)?

The Wonderlic Personnel Test-Quicktest (WPT-Q) is a 30-question test to be completed in an 8 minute time limit. Essentially, the WPT-Q is a shortened version of the Wonderlic Personnel Test.

Often, the WPT-Q is used as a preliminary test in the application process, either to help employers identify top candidates, or to offer candidates an opportunity to familiarize themselves with this test type, prior to taking the WPT-R.

The test is un-proctored, and is only administered online. Even if you are taking the Quicktest for orientation purposes, preparing for this test with help you feel confident with the application process.

What Types of Questions Are on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test?

The questions on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (WPT) are designed to engage and challenge a variety of mental skills and abilities. If you are taking the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, be prepared to encounter the following types of questions:

  • General knowledge questions concerning basic grammar, mathematics, and vocabulary 
  • Questions that test advanced analytical understanding. Your ability to perform logical thinking, abstract thinking, and serial thinking is examined with the following types of questions:
  • Answering complex mathematical word problems
  • Understanding number series
  • Understanding analogies
  • Identifying similarities
  • Detecting errors
  • Understanding sentence structures
  • Proficiency with idioms

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive.

The Wonderlic Personnel Test questions are divided across the following topics:

Topic Percentage
Math 40%
English (Verbal) 40%
Logic 10%
General Knowledge 5%
Clerical Questions 5%


Can I Use a Calculator on the WPT?

Calculators are not allowed when taking the Wonderlic test. This applies to both the Wonderlic Personnel Test Revised (WPT-R) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test Quicktest (WPT-Q). The questions on the Wonderlic test have been created to test the skill of the candidate without the aid of a calculator. It is heavily advised that all preparation for any upcoming Wonderlic test, including when taking Wonderlic practice tests, is done without the use of a calculator.

What Is a Good Wonderlic Test Score?

Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test scores (WPT test scores) are calculated by adding together the number of correctly answered questions that are answered by the candidate in the allotted time. There is not complex system in place here: if you take the WPT-R (the full-length Wonderlic test), and answer 45 out of 50 correctly, within the allotted 12 minute time-limit, your score will be 45. Three is no single definition of a "good" score: it all depends on the goals of the employer or educational institution using the test.

Every question is weighted equally, and you are not penalized for giving an incorrect answer. This means, that if you don’t know the answer, you will not risk damaging your score by taking a guess and choosing your best-guessed answer.

The test is then standardized into a scoring system that allows the employer to easily compare different candidate scores against professional standards, and other candidates competing for the same role.

Which Employers Use the WPT (Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test)?

The following companies, organizations, market sectors, and professions have been known to use the WPT-R and WPT-Q as part of the application process for certain positions.

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Bofl Federal Bank
  • Campbell County School District
  • Marsh and McLennan
  • Medline Industries
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • Nurses
  • PepsiCo
  • Pet Supermarket
  • Queensland (QLD) Police Service
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)

Wonderlic Personnel Test Sample Questions

Are you preparing for an upcoming Wonderlic Personality Test? Do you need WPT sample questions and practice tests to help you improve your score?

Familiarise yourself with the test questions and testing style using our new Wonderlic Cognitive and Personality Practice Bundle. We offer hundreds of questions set out in Wonderlic personality test simulations, along with real question types seen on the actual test! Get a comprehensive PDF guide to help you understand how to address and answer the questions, and how to do so quickly, so that you beat the time limit.

Start with the four 30-question practice tests, and then use the five 50 question practice tests to hone your skills. Stuck on a particular topic? Use our additional practice drills to brush up on number series, graph reasoning, patterns, and logical reasoning.

Start preparing with the Wonderlic Cognitive and Personality Practice Bundle, or click on the link below to compare Wonderlic Bundles.

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