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WONDERLIC

PERSONNEL

TEST

__________________________________________________________________

Personnel Test (WPT-Q & WPT-R)

This is the definitive guide for the:

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About Beat the Wonderlic

The Wonderlic Tests have become some of the most widely used (and most feared)

examinations administered in recent years. It is no secret that the world economy has

struggled to regain its strength since the epic collapse of the housing market in 2008.

Given the wounded economy, companies have had to scale back their hiring, making

the hiring process riskier and costlier. Corporations that may have hired 3 or 4 new

employees are now only hiring 1.

These corporations have turned to the suite of Wonderlic tests to help them

determine which 1 candidate they should hire by paring down the applicant pool with

cognitive and basic skills tests. Applicants who test poorly can have their applications

easily, and (in the eyes of corporations) justifiably discarded. This is where Beat the

Wonderlic is here to help.

We recognize that the Wonderlic tests do not test whether or not you are a “good fit”

or qualified candidate for a given company – it simply tests how well you can take the

Wonderlic.

Our staff has taken hundreds of Wonderlic tests, studied the ins and outs of the tests,

stayed on top of all the latest trends, and has produced strategies that have helped

thousands of people drastically improve their scores in only hours.

We guarantee that our in-depth and easy-to-follow review of content covered on the

tests, in addition to our tried-and-true strategies and techniques will reap drastic and

immediate improvements in your scores, bringing you closer to landing your dream

job.

Thank you for choosing Beat the Wonderlic. We are eager to assist you in defeating

the Wonderlic and reaching your career goals.

accomplishments with us at info@beatthewonderlic.com. We would love to hear

from you!

Contents

About Beat the Wonderlic ......................................................................................................... 4

About the WPT ......................................................................................................................... 11

How to Know This Is the Right Test to Prepare for .................................................... 11

What Is at Stake .................................................................................................................... 18

What Is on the Test .............................................................................................................. 19

How the Test Is Scored ....................................................................................................... 23

Scoring Breakdown .......................................................................................................... 23

So What Is a “Good” Score? ......................................................................................... 24

About the Test Environment ............................................................................................. 26

How This Book Will Help You ......................................................................................... 27

Our Approach .................................................................................................................. 27

Our Promise...................................................................................................................... 28

How You Should Use This Guide ................................................................................ 29

Diagnostic Test .......................................................................................................................... 31

Questions ............................................................................................................................... 31

Answers .................................................................................................................................. 48

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy .................................................................................................... 67

Defeat Your Greatest Enemy: Time ................................................................................. 68

Order of Difficulty ............................................................................................................... 70

Elimination............................................................................................................................. 72

Guessing ................................................................................................................................. 73

General Knowledge & Quick Recognition .......................................................................... 74

Months .................................................................................................................................... 75

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Memorization Makes It Easy .................................. 77

Practice Questions ........................................................................................................... 78

Answers & Explanations ................................................................................................ 81

Dates ....................................................................................................................................... 83

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Chunk It ...................................................................... 85

Example Question ........................................................................................................... 86

Practice Questions ........................................................................................................... 88

Answers & Explanations ................................................................................................ 90

Finding Duplicates................................................................................................................ 95

Example Question ........................................................................................................... 98

Practice Questions ........................................................................................................... 99

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 103

Patterns ................................................................................................................................. 106

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Number Jumping .................................................... 108

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 109

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 110

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 113

Ordering ............................................................................................................................... 115

Skill Review – Ordering Decimals .............................................................................. 117

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 118

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 120

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 122

Graphs .................................................................................................................................. 124

Skill Review – Reading Line Graphs .......................................................................... 126

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 1 – Match Big & Small .............................................. 127

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 128

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2 – Compare Trajectories.......................................... 129

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 130

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 131

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 134

General Knowledge & Quick Recognition Practice Quiz .......................................... 137

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 141

Logic .......................................................................................................................................... 145

Deductive Reasoning ......................................................................................................... 147

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Deductive Reasoning Made Simple ..................... 149

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 150

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 151

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 154

Spatial Reasoning ................................................................................................................ 157

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Eliminate and Then Eliminate Some More. ...... 160

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 161

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 163

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 166

Shape Patterns ..................................................................................................................... 169

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Eliminate One Hand at a Time ............................ 171

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 172

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 174

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 178

3D Shapes ............................................................................................................................ 183

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 186

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 190

Logic Questions Practice Quiz......................................................................................... 193

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 199

English Knowledge Questions ............................................................................................. 204

Similar/ Contradictory Word Meanings ......................................................................... 205

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 1 ..................................................................................... 207

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 208

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2 ..................................................................................... 209

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 210

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 211

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 213

Antonyms ............................................................................................................................. 215

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Decoding Antonyms .............................................. 217

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 218

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 220

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 223

Synonyms ............................................................................................................................. 226

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Deducing Meaning.................................................. 228

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 229

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 231

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 234

Rearranging Sentences ....................................................................................................... 237

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 239

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 240

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 243

Analogies .............................................................................................................................. 246

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Relationship Sentences........................................... 249

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 249

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 250

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 253

English Knowledge Questions Practice Quiz ............................................................... 256

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 260

Word Problems ........................................................................................................................ 265

Decimals ............................................................................................................................... 267

Skill Review – Multiplying Decimals .......................................................................... 269

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 270

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Do Half of the Problem ........................................ 271

Skill Review – Dividing Decimals ............................................................................... 272

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 273

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Plug & Chug............................................................. 274

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 275

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 278

Ratio ...................................................................................................................................... 283

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Get to 1 ..................................................................... 286

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 287

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 288

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 291

Average ................................................................................................................................. 295

Skill Review – Calculating Average............................................................................. 298

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 299

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 300

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 303

Percentages .......................................................................................................................... 308

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Easy Percentages ..................................................... 310

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 311

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2 – Fraction/Decimal/Percent Equivalencies ...... 312

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 314

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 315

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 318

Algebraic ............................................................................................................................... 321

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Age Problems .......................................................... 323

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Number Problems .................................................. 324

The Most Challenging Word Problems ..................................................................... 325

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Solving Challenging Problems .............................. 326

Example Question ......................................................................................................... 327

Practice Questions ......................................................................................................... 329

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 332

Word Problems Practice Quiz ......................................................................................... 339

Answers & Explanations .............................................................................................. 344

Full-Length Practice Test ....................................................................................................... 354

Questions ............................................................................................................................. 355

Answers ................................................................................................................................ 372

Additional Resources .............................................................................................................. 398

Practice Test Kit ............................................................................................................. 398

About the WPT

How to Know This Is the Right Test to

Prepare for

Tell me if this is not how the series of events unfolded for you…

1. You are excited about applying for a new position, either within your current

company or with a new employer. You are confident that you embody the

qualifications and experience necessary for this new career opportunity and you are

looking forward to the increase in pay and responsibility that will come with it.

2. Your resume is perfect, your recommendation providers are eager to bestow their

praises upon you; your interview skills are honed.

3. You find out you need to take this funny sounding test called “the Wonderlic”?

4. You Google “Wonderlic” and discover that there is not just one Wonderlic test, but

a vast suite of Wonderlic examinations…So, how do you know that this test is the

right one?

If this is how you are feeling, then you are not alone and we are here to help.

Let’s begin your short journey to dominating the Wonderlic test by demystifying the

suite of tests.

The Wonderlic Group publishes a multitude of tests, all of which colloquially referred

to as simply “the Wonderlic”, making it difficult to grasp exactly which test it is you

will be taking and, henceforth, making it an even greater challenge to prepare.

Although the list of exams is vast, it is actually not as overwhelming and complicated

as it seems. Wonderlic exams can be divided into two groups: tests for employee

candidates, and tests for student applicants. Let’s refer to the following chart to

review which tests you will (most likely) be required to take (in order) depending on

whether you are an employee or student:

Employee Student

• Quicktest (WPT-Q) • Scholastic Level

• Personnel Test Pre-Test (SLE-Q)

(WPT-R) • Scholastic Level

• Basic Skills (BST) Exam (SLE)

• Personality Tests • Placement Test

You can see in the graphic above that there are two distinct paths depending on

whether you are a student applying for an education program or applying to become a

new or promoted employee at a company. Either path will typically require you to

take multiple examinations.

This book is aligned to completely prepare you for the Wonderlic Personnel Test –

Quicktest (WPT-Q) and the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R). Both exams cover

the same content; they only differ in length and testing location.

The Employee Testing Path

For those seeking employment, you will be asked to proceed through the following

testing path:

referred to as the Cognitive Ability Pre-Test. The Quicktest is a 30 question cognitive

ability test. You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and you

will take it online at home.

2. The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R) – If you do well on the Quicktest, you

will be invited to take the Wonderlic Personnel Test. This is another timed cognitive

test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This test is proctored

and you will take it in the potential employer’s office or a pre-determined testing

center near you. The content on this exam is the same as the Quicktest. All of this

content is covered, in detail, in this book.

3. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) – If you perform well on the

Personnel Test, you may advance to the Basic Skills Test. This test consists of two,

timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 45 questions) and quantitative (20

minutes to complete 45 questions). This test is also proctored.

4. The Wonderlic Personality Tests – You may be asked to complete one or more

(there are three) of the Wonderlic Personality Tests. Each one of the tests is a bit

different depending on whether you will be a client-facing employee or completely

internal. Something to note about the personality test(s): you may not be warned

about the personality test and, unlike the cognitive and skills-based tests, we strongly

recommend that you do not ask if you have to take one as it may come across as a red

flag. No potential employer wants a candidate to prepare for the personality test(s) as

they are looking for results that are authentic and accurately reflect your personality

traits to determine whether you are a cultural fit within the organization. Because of

the aforementioned rationale, we recommend that you prepare for the personality

tests regardless whether or not your potential employer reveals to you that you will

have to take one.

We have included a breakdown of all these exams in our Beat the Wonderlic

Personality Tests product line.

The Student Testing Path

For those seeking admission into college, continuing education, or other

academic programs, you will be asked to proceed through a testing path that differs

from the employment path. Expect the following:

is a 30 question cognitive ability test that also layers in a few basic skills questions.

You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and taken online.

2. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) – If you do well on the Quicktest,

you will be invited to take the full Scholastic Level Exam. This is another timed

cognitive and skills test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This

exam is proctored.

Scholastic Level Exams, you will advance to one of Wonderlic’s placement tests.

Unlike the first two exams you took, this test (usually) does not determine your

admission status, but helps place you into classes. The benefit of performing well on

these exams is that you may place out of preliminary classes, allowing you to save time

and money. Conversely, performing poorly may result in your having to take

remediation classes that cost time and money and provide you with no credit hours.

There are two tests – the Basic Math and English Skills Test and the Advanced Math

and English Skills Test. There are proctored and non-proctored versions of each.

The Basic Test consists of two, timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 50

questions) and quantitative (20 minutes to complete 45 questions).

The Advanced Skills Test is geared towards students seeking advanced degrees. Like

the Basic Skills Test, it consists of a verbal section (30 minutes to complete 50

questions) and a math section (30 minutes to complete 55 questions).

If you have further questions or concerns regarding your testing path, please reach out

to us at info@beatthewonderlic.com.

What Is at Stake

This book is written for anyone taking the Wonderlic Personnel Quicktest and/or the

Wonderlic Personnel Test. Again, the content is the same for each, but you will take

the Quicktest first and then advance to the Personnel Test.

according to Wonderlic:

“Help [employers] pre-qualify candidates before inviting them onsite for in-person

evaluations…allowing [the employer’s] staff to focus on candidates who likely have the mental ability

to succeed in the job, saving valuable time and resources [for the employer].” 1

Essentially, the WPT-Q determines if you are invited into the office for an interview.

“Measure(s) general mental ability, widely accepted as being one of the single best predictors of job

success. It helps measure a candidate’s ability to understand instructions, learn, adapt, solve problems

and handle the mental demands of the position.” 2

Now, although these descriptions may seem quite intimidating, we urge you not to

feel overwhelmed. Neither of these exams test how smart you are; they simply test

how well you can take the Wonderlic Personnel Tests …and the Wonderlic Personnel

Tests are beatable.

This book will walk through every skill you need to know in order to master and

defeat either/ both of these tests. It will also provide ample opportunity for practice

as well as in-depth explanations on how to approach each question type.

1 http://www.wonderlic.com/assessments/ability/cognitive-ability-tests/cognitive-ability-pretest

2 http://www.wonderlic.com/assessments/ability/cognitive-ability-tests/contemporary-cognitive-ability-test

What Is on the Test

The WPT-Q and WPT are a hybrid of a skills test and an IQ test. We can break it

down into four types of questions:

The general knowledge and quick recognition questions make up roughly 20% of the

test content and can range in difficulty from absurdly simple to relatively easy. The

tricky aspect to this question type is people typically rush through them and lose

points.

Example:

July

August

September

October

December

2. Logic Questions (20%)

The logic questions are a bit trickier. These questions are designed to test your ability

to answer whether a statement is true or false given specific conditions outlined by

rules in the question as well as engage in spatial reasoning and manipulation exercises.

Example:

If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?

Thomas bought Suzette a drink.

Yes

No

Uncertain

3. English Knowledge (40%)

The English knowledge questions will require you to identify the definition of a word

or the synonym/antonym of a word. There will also be analogy questions mixed in.

Example:

similar

contradictory

unrelated

4. Word Problems (20%)

Word problems are the most time-consuming and challenging questions on the exam.

These questions test your algebraic knowledge and computation skills. You will not be

allowed to use a calculator, but you can use a pencil and scratch paper to work these

problems.

Example:

Four friends go to a local restaurant for dinner. After finishing their meal, they decide

to split the check total evenly among the four of them. Friend N had a bill of $50,

friend X had a bill of $35, friend Y had a bill of $20 and friend Z had a bill of $15.

How much more money does friend Z have to spend on dinner when the friends split

the check evenly than if they paid for their bills individually?

o $35

o $30

o $25

o $20

o $15

How the Test Is Scored

Scoring Breakdown

Number of questions: 30

Maximum score: 50

Minimum score: 0

The scoring is fairly straightforward – each question is weighted equally (just less than

2 points). You earn 1.66 points for answering a question correctly. You earn 0 points

for skipping a question or for answering a question incorrectly.

Number of questions: 50

Maximum score: 50

Minimum score: 0

Just like we saw in the WPT-Q, each question in the WPT-R is weighted equally

(exactly 1 point). You earn 1 point for answering a question correctly. You earn 0

points for skipping a question or for answering a question incorrectly.

NOTE: We will refer to both tests as simply the “Wonderlic” from here forward.

So What Is a “Good” Score?

The company at which you are seeking employment or promotion will have a pre-

determined target score for the open position. So, in essence, the best answer here is

“it depends”. But here is what we do know:

• 2-3% of test takers actually finish the exam in the allotted time.

• Your target score should be above the average score of the position you are

seeking. The following average scores have been published by the Wonderlic

Group3:

o Systems Analyst – 32

o Chemist – 31

o Electrical Engineer – 30

o Engineer – 29

o Programmer – 29

o Accountant – 29

o Executive – 29

o Reporter – 29

o Teacher – 29

o Investment Analyst – 27

o Electronics technician - 26

o Salesperson – 25

o Nurse – 23

o Bank Teller – 22

o Cashier – 21

o Firefighter – 21

o Skilled Craftsman – 18

o Security guard - 17

o Welder – 17

o Warehouseman – 15

3 Wonderlic Personnel Test Manual. Northfield, IL: E.F. Wonderlic & Associates, INC. 1983.

One more thing we can show you is what the report on your score will look like to

the hiring manager. Here is a sample report for the Wonderlic Personnel Test -

Quicktest4. The score report for the WPT-R is identical. You will not see your score

report.

In the linked example, Angelo Lopez is interviewing for a supervisor role with this

imaginary company. The company established that, for this position, a 27 is their

target score. Angelo just made it as he earned a 27, which is the minimum target score

established by this imaginary company for the supervisor position. This report advises

the imaginary company to pursue Angelo as a candidate, bring him in for an in-person

interview, and have him take the WPT-R. Had he scored between a 24 and a 26, the

report would have advised the imaginary company to use caution in pursuing Angelo

as a candidate. Had he scored below a 24, the report would urge the company to not

bring Angelo in for an in-person interview.

Every candidate who takes the Quicktest and scores sufficiently will be asked to take

the full-length test.

Note the message on the bottom of the report telling the hiring manager to confirm

these results with the full-length Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) or Wonderlic

Personnel Test –Revised (WPT-R). These are the same test and the names are used

interchangeably. The WPT-R is simply the newest edition of the WPT. There are no

real changes to the content or format of the test.

4 http://www.wonderlic.com/sites/default/files/u7/WPT-QSampleReport_0.pdf

About the Test Environment

1. Wonderlic Personnel Test – Quicktest (WPT-Q)

Some good news about the WPT-Q: you can take it in the comfort of your home or

office. The Quicktest is administered online and is not proctored.

You will receive an email from the hiring manager. Inside this email will be a link to

access the test online. When you are ready, click that link to open the test. Once

opened, you will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. After the 8 minutes, the exam

ends and the results are sent to back to the hiring manager in a report like the one

shown a few pages back.

The hiring manager will then invite you to come take a longer test (WPT-R) in person

if they believe your score on the Quicktest is sufficient.

Once you take the WPT-Q, the hiring manager will review your scores. If they deem

these scores to be sufficient, they will invite you into either their office or to a

proctored testing site to take the WPT-R. Again, the WPT-R consists of the same

content as the WPT-Q; it is just longer and proctored.

How This Book Will Help You

Our Approach

This guide has been created by former educators, professionals, and Wonderlic

experts with one goal in mind: to help you drastically improve your score on the

Wonderlic tests and obtain your dream job.

We have accomplished this goal with thousands of job applicants like you via the

following approach:

• Covering every skill and competency tested on the WPT-Q and WPT-R in

detail

• Providing multiple opportunities for practice and in-depth answer explanations

and walk-throughs

• Imparting our proprietary method for beating the Wonderlic. We have studied

the test, developing multiple tricks and test hacks along the way. We share

every one of those tips with you in this guide and clearly explain, in detail, how

to leverage these tips when taking the test in order to maximize your score.

Our Promise

We promise that there is no better guide or study method on the market. We are

proud leaders of preparing test-takers for the Wonderlic and are more than confident

that you will maximize your score if you go through this guide in its entirety. We have

helped thousands of job applicants beat the Wonderlic and earn their dream job.

Every topic covered in this book has been used in a real Wonderlic test, so you will

not waste time studying for competencies not present on the real test.

Furthermore, every topic we have ever seen on a real Wonderlic test is covered, in

detail, in this book.

How You Should Use This Guide

This guide was built to help you master every concept tested in the Wonderlic

Personnel Quicktest (also referred to as “Pre-Test”) and Wonderlic Personnel Test,

improve your test-taking speed, and beat the exam. In order to maximize your

Wonderlic score, we recommend you utilize this guide in the following manner:

1. Take the Diagnostic Test in the very next section. Go through each question

and time yourself. This test is meant to gauge where you currently stand so you

know where you can most efficiently apply effort in your studies. The only way

to gain an accurate reading is by timing yourself as timing is a significant

element of the test.

2. Review the answer section after the test. We repeat the questions, provide the

correct answer and then tell you the chapter in which that question type can be

found. This way, you can choose to go through the entire guide

(recommended) or just jump to a particular section to brush up on specific

question types.

3. Regardless whether you decide to go through the entire guide or just review

specific sections, you should review our Beat the Wonderlic Strategy section.

This section contains lots of important tips to improve your speed, significantly

boosting your score.

practice questions and answer explanations. Even if you are confident in your

abilities in a specific section, practicing those questions will only make you

faster, more comfortable and more confident. Remember, this test is not just

about knowledge – it’s also about speed and speed only comes with practice.

5. Take the full-length practice test at the end of the guide and see how much

you have improved! The practice test contains 50 questions – the length of the

full WPT-R. For those preparing for the WPT-Q, know that these are the same

questions you will see on your exam; you will just have 30 questions instead of

50 and only 8 minutes to complete those questions.

6. If at any time you want additional practice, access our Practice Test Kit on

BeatTheWonderlic.com. This package contains 3 full-length practice tests. In

our experience, test takers who take 3 or more practice tests score significantly

higher than those who do not.

Ready to get started? Grab a timer and take the diagnostic test in the next section.

Diagnostic Test

The diagnostic test begins on the next page. This test mimics a real WPT-R and is

meant to help you gain a clear understanding of what the test is like, how you would

score if you took the test today without any preparation, and to pinpoint areas you

need to focus on in order to most quickly boost your score.

Those preparing for the WPT-Q should also take this test as it is identical to the

WPT-R in content.

You will find the questions repeated with the correct answers given following this test.

Each question will also contain a link to the chapter where that particular question is

addressed.

In order to receive the full benefit of this exam, please time yourself.

When you are ready, put 12 minutes on the clock and move on to the next page to

begin.

50 Questions

12 Minutes

Questions

1. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Margaret shook hands with Steven.

yes

no

uncertain

2. Rope sells for $0.17 per foot. How many feet of rope can you buy with $0.68?

3

4

5

6

7

similar

contradictory

unrelated

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Brian, J Brian, J.

DD Betts DD Betts

L. Kyle I. Kyle

Crain, RJ Crain, R.J.

Ste. Mec. Ste. Mec.

1

2

3

4

5

5. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

6. Which of the following is the earliest date?

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

7. Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split

the profits equally. N invests $6,000, X invests $2,000, Y invests $8,000 and Z

invests $4,000. If the profits for the first month were $100,000, Y receives __?__

less than if the profits were divided in proportion to how much they invested.

$40,000

$25,000

$15,000

$8,000

$2,000

FAST

GARGANTUAN

QUICK

SMALL

BROWN

9. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The teacher instructed her students to read the directions incompletely prior to

beginning their assignment.

inadequately

partially

conscientiously

deficiently

incompetently

10. Tickets at the movie theater are $9.00 for adults. Seniors receive a discount and

only have to pay $6.00. The capacity of the theater is 80 people. If the theater

was at full capacity and made $675, then __?__ seniors bought tickets for the

movie.

15

30

45

60

75

11. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Randy has dual citizenship.

yes

no

uncertain

12. What is the next number in the series?

56

60

64

68

72

13. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which

word should come JUST BEFORE “to”?

forget

buy

do

milk

not

14. A used book store bought $500 worth of books. They sold the books for $1,200,

making $7.00 per book. There were __?__ books involved.

50

100

150

200

250

15. The words CONTRITE and INDIFFERENT have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

16. A train travels 15 feet in 1/4 second. At this same rate, travel __?__ feet in 3

seconds.

120

150

180

230

270

active

steady

vibrant

idle

animated

19. A pack of paper costs 24 cents. 4 packs will cost __?__.

$0.88

$0.96

$0.98

$1.04

$1.16

BIRD

SKY

TREE

WILDLIFE

RAIN

21. Brian’s energy bill was $200 in September. It was $50 more than that in October

and it was $200 more in November than it was in October. What was his average

bill over these three months?

$900

$450

$300

$250

$125

22. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The group chose their leader based on how capricious and stable she was.

whimsical

impulsive

steadfast

quirky

eloquent

23. A professional basketball team played 80 games this season and won 62 of them,

meaning they won __?__ of their games.

48%

66.5%

77.5%

80%

82.5%

24. The weather forecast over the next 5 days calls for the following temperatures in

degrees Fahrenheit: 92, 85, 78, 85, 92. Which graph below best represents the

temperature over this 5 day period?

25. RESTRAIN is to RELEASE as __?__ is to COMPLEX.

HARD

SIMPLE

HOLD

LEARN

BRAIN

26. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

27. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

After several experiments, the scientists were skeptical that their hypothesis was

confirmed.

confident

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting

28. The words DELIBERATE and DEBILITATE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

cloudy

foggy

lucid

clear

evident

RUNT

FRIEND

PLAY

NAIL

DOG

31. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

Following a week of hard work, many people like to spend their weekends

engaging in laborious activities.

relaxing

strenuous

arduous

burdensome

boring

32. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

33. In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 40, 50,

and 30; and for Player 2, it was 30, 40 and 15. Which graph below best contrasts

the number of points scored by each player over this period?

34. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

35. A boy is 16 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 25 years old,

his sister will be __?__ years old.

26

29

32

41

50

agile

rigid

athletic

fleet

dispirited

37. Replace the in the boxed series.

opaque

hazy

ambitious

clear

obscure

RUN

BREATHE

SNEEZE

PONDER

CHOKE

40. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Brantley is an employee of the company.

yes

no

uncertain

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PASSIONATE

HAPPY

FRUSTRATED

SAD

ENRAGED

BIG

UP

LONG

HIGH

DEEP

44. A bag has 90 fruits in it. There are 9 times as many oranges as there are apples.

The bag has __?__ apples in it.

9

27

45

54

81

45. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Stacy earned a raise at XYZ corp.

yes

no

uncertain

46. Pencils sell for 26 cents per pack. 4 packs will cost __?__.

$0.52

$0.78

$1.04

$1.30

$1.56

similar

contradictory

unrelated

48. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

moist

damp

arid

dry

humid

June

July

August

September

October

50. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

A whale is a mammal.

All mammals breathe oxygen.

yes

no

uncertain

Answers

Please find the questions repeated with the correct answer(s) marked just like how you

would mark them on the real exam (you must click inside the circle to mark your

answer on the exam).

Following each question is a link to the chapter that addresses that question type.

1. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Margaret shook hands with Steven.

yes

no

uncertain

2. Rope sells for $0.17 per foot. How many feet of rope can you buy with $0.68?

3

4

5

6

7

3. The words OBLIGATORY and UNNECESSARY have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

MEANINGS

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Brian, J Brian, J.

DD Betts DD Betts

L. Kyle I. Kyle

Crain, RJ Crain, R.J.

Ste. Mec. Ste. Mec.

1

2

3

4

5

DUPLICATES

5. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

LOGIC – 3D SHAPES

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

7. Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split

the profits equally. N invests $6,000, X invests $2,000, Y invests $8,000 and Z

invests $4,000. If the profits for the first month were $100,000, Y receives __?__

less than if the profits were divided in proportion to how much they invested.

$40,000

$25,000

$15,000

$8,000

$2,000

FAST

GARGANTUAN

QUICK

SMALL

BROWN

9. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The teacher instructed her students to read the directions incompletely prior to

beginning their assignment.

inadequately

partially

conscientiously

deficiently

incompetently

10. Tickets at the movie theater are $9.00 for adults. Seniors receive a discount and

only have to pay $6.00. The capacity of the theater is 80 people. If the theater

was at full capacity and made $675, then __?__ seniors bought tickets for the

movie.

15

30

45

60

75

11. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Randy has dual citizenship.

yes

no

uncertain

12. What is the next number in the series?

56

60

64

68

72

13. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which

word should come JUST BEFORE “to”?

forget

buy

do

milk

not

14. A used book store bought $500 worth of books. They sold the books for $1,200,

making $7.00 per book. There were __?__ books involved.

50

100

150

200

250

15. The words CONTRITE and INDIFFERENT have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

MEANINGS

16. A train travels 15 feet in 1/4 second. At this same rate, travel __?__ feet in 3

seconds.

120

150

180

230

270

active

steady

vibrant

idle

animated

18. Which of the following in the group of numbers is smallest?

$0.88

$0.96

$0.98

$1.04

$1.16

BIRD

SKY

TREE

WILDLIFE

RAIN

21. Brian’s energy bill was $200 in September. It was $50 more than that in October

and it was $200 more in November than it was in October. What was his average

bill over these three months?

$900

$450

$300

$250

$125

22. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The group chose their leader based on how capricious and stable she was.

whimsical

impulsive

steadfast

quirky

eloquent

23. A professional basketball team played 80 games this season and won 62 of them,

meaning they won __?__ of their games.

48%

66.5%

77.5%

80%

82.5%

24. The weather forecast over the next 5 days calls for the following temperatures in

degrees Fahrenheit: 92, 85, 78, 85, 92. Which graph below best represents the

temperature over this 5 day period?

HARD

SIMPLE

HOLD

LEARN

BRAIN

26. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

27. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

After several experiments, the scientists were skeptical that their hypothesis was

confirmed.

confident

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting

similar

contradictory

unrelated

MEANINGS

cloudy

foggy

lucid

clear

evident

30. TOOL is to HAMMER as __?__ is to LABRADOR RETRIEVER.

RUNT

FRIEND

PLAY

NAIL

DOG

31. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

Following a week of hard work, many people like to spend their weekends

engaging in laborious activities.

relaxing

strenuous

arduous

burdensome

boring

32. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

LOGIC – 3D SHAPES

33. In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 40, 50,

and 30; and for Player 2, it was 30, 40 and 15. Which graph below best contrasts

the number of points scored by each player over this period?

34. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

35. A boy is 16 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 25 years old,

his sister will be __?__ years old.

26

29

32

41

50

agile

rigid

athletic

fleet

dispirited

37. Replace the in the boxed series.

opaque

hazy

ambitious

clear

obscure

39. THINK is to BRAIN as __?__ is to LUNGS.

RUN

BREATHE

SNEEZE

PONDER

CHOKE

40. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Brantley is an employee of the company.

yes

no

uncertain

.33 .3 1 1.3 33

42. ANGRY is to RAGE as __?__ is to ELATED.

PASSIONATE

HAPPY

FRUSTRATED

SAD

ENRAGED

BIG

UP

LONG

HIGH

DEEP

44. A bag has 90 fruits in it. There are 9 times as many oranges as there are apples.

The bag has __?__ apples in it.

9

27

45

54

81

45. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Stacy earned a raise at XYZ corp.

yes

no

uncertain

46. Pencils sell for 26 cents per pack. 4 packs will cost __?__.

$0.52

$0.78

$1.04

$1.30

$1.56

similar

contradictory

unrelated

MEANINGS

48. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

moist

damp

arid

dry

humid

June

July

August

September

October

50. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

A whale is a mammal.

All mammals breathe oxygen.

yes

no

uncertain

Beat the Wonderlic

Strategy

Most people who take the Wonderlic for the first time come away disappointed with

their score. A large portion of this disappointment can be attributed to the significant

time constraint placed on the test taker – there is simply not enough time to

confidently march through the test to completion.

Understanding and embracing the strict timing of the Wonderlic is your first step in

making giant strides in lifting your score. Our goal is to impart on you a strategy

which will allow you to get through every question on the test and afford you ample

opportunity to maximize your score and acquire that dream job of which this test

stands in the way.

Here are three Wonderlic Personnel Test-specific strategies that will help you

immediately and definitively boost your score. These strategies have been developed

by the experts at Beat the Wonderlic who have formulated these tactics over years of

mastering the ins and outs of the test.

Defeat Your Greatest Enemy: Time

As we mentioned previously, only 2-3% of test takers actually finish the Wonderlic

within the allotted time. You may have experienced this while taking the diagnostic

test in the previous section.

Here are three things we want you to remember while taking the test:

2) The test is full of time traps. Let’s refer to the diagnostic test to illustrate this

point. If you are like most test takers, you got stuck on question 7:

7. Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split

the profits equally. N invests $6,000, X invests $2,000, Y invests $8,000 and Z

invests $4,000. If the profits for the first month were $100,000 how much less

does Y receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to how much they

invested.

$40,000

$25,000

$15,000

$8,000

$2,000

This question at the end of the test that you may not have had a chance to get to was

also worth 1 point:

June

July

August

September

October

3) You do not need a perfect score. 70% is considered excellent. Most people do not

score more than 50%. Your goal should not be to score a 100%. Instead, focus on

scooping up as many points as possible as you work from question 1 to question 50

and each question is worth exactly the same (1 point). Even if you miss 5 questions,

you are still in amazing shape.

Let’s take a look at the three strategies that will get you to avoid these traps and

maximize your score despite the tight time constraints of the Wonderlic.

Order of Difficulty

Every question on the Wonderlic is weighted the same. This means that

questions that would take you a couple minutes to complete (and maybe leave you

unsure of whether or not you are correct) are worth the same amount of points as the

questions that take you mere seconds to complete confidently.

To illustrate this point further, remember that you have only 14 seconds (on average)

to answer a question and move on if you want to complete the test. This means that a

question that takes you a minute to complete has cost you more than 4 points. 4 points

is a massive difference between a good score and a great score. So, what should you

do?

Well, here is some good news: you can skip and come back to questions, even on the

computer version.

You can go and review questions you did not answer by clicking on

the number of that question in the table below.

If you would like to complete the test, select SUBMIT at the bottom of

your screen.

Question # Answered?

1 Yes

2 Yes

3 No

4 Yes

5 Yes

6 No

7 Yes

As you can see, you can jump back to any unanswered questions. Use this to your

advantage. Here’s how:

1. Answer the quick and easy questions first. “Quick and easy questions” are ones

that you know you can get correct and it will take you no time (less than 10 seconds) to

answer. Go through the ENTIRE test answering just these questions first. Your goal

is to scoop up as many easy points as possible in the test. Remember, every question

is worth the same amount of points.

2. Go back and answer the easy but time-consuming questions. These are

questions that you are confident you can get correct but it will take you more than 10

seconds to complete. These are questions that require writing on scrap paper to solve

or significant forehead scratching to compute.

3. Answer the challenging questions. Once you have gotten these questions out of

the way, use the remaining time you have to solve the more challenging questions in

the test.

If you are unsure of how to solve a difficult question, or it is taking you longer than

15 seconds, employ these next two strategies to help you grab as many points as

possible…

NOTE: Get our Wonderlic Reference Sheet to help you manage this process most

easily.

Elimination

If you are unsure of the correct answer to a question, eliminate answers that you

know are incorrect. One way to think about it is: there are far more incorrect answer

choices (in most cases 4) than correct answer choices (in most cases 1) so they are

sometimes easier to find. Plus, every incorrect answer you can eliminate improves

your chances of getting the answer correct.

Once you eliminate answer choices you know are incorrect or you start running out of

time, move onto the next strategy...

Guessing

Never leave an answer blank. The Wonderlic does not subtract points for incorrect

answers, so you should attempt an answer on every question. If you leave an answer

blank, there is a 0% chance that you earned any points from that question. If you

guess completely at random, you have at least a 20% chance of earning a point by

answering it correctly. If you eliminate incorrect answers, this chance drastically

increases.

Now we will walk you through every question type you will encounter on the

Wonderlic; show you, in detail, how to answer these questions; and provide question-

specific strategies to speed up your test-taking time and boost your score.

General Knowledge

& Quick

Recognition

6 Types of Q’s

Let’s look at the first question group, General Knowledge & Quick Recognition

Questions…

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Months

One question type that is quite common on the Wonderlic is “Which of the following

is the ‘xth’ month of the year?”

Now, this is a fairly easy question, but some people answer incorrectly by rushing.

Others spend more seconds than they have to on this question by counting the

months on their fingers and saying the months aloud, in order.

Easy

We recommend that before you begin the test (remember this is unproctored) you

write down a quick reference sheet of the months and the corresponding order

number:

1. January 7. July

2. February 8. August

3. March 9. September

Quickly reference this sheet when taking the test to acquire the correct answer

without having to waste any time or energy thinking about it. Expect that this

question will show up somewhere on the test.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. The seventh month of the year is:

June

July

August

September

October

May

June

July

August

September

September

October

November

December

January

July

May

November

February

March

5. The ninth month of the year is:

September

October

March

November

February

Answers & Explanations

June

July

August

September

October

May

June

July

August

September

September

October

November

December

January

4. The third month of the year is:

July

May

November

February

March

September

October

March

November

February

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Dates

Date questions are questions that ask you to identify which in a series of dates is the

earliest or latest.

Test takers often become overwhelmed and rush into an incorrect answer.

Oftentimes, people think “Oh this is easy”, and then get flustered as they become

overwhelmed with analyzing each date. All of a sudden, what you once thought was

an easy question has just taken you a minute to complete, you are not sure it is correct

and your brain feels scrambled. We have a strategy that simplifies these questions so

you can easily, confidently, and quickly get the correct answer.

1. Eliminate by year: Go through each answer choice, keeping only the answer

choices with the earliest (or latest depending on the question) year.

and keep only the answer choices with the earliest month.

3. Eliminate by day: Now you should be down to only a couple of answer choices to

choose from and all you have to do is pick which answer choice has the earliest day.

Example Question

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

1. Eliminate by year.

We are asked to identify the earliest date in this list. We will start by going through

each answer choice and leaving only the answer choices with the earliest year. In this

case, 1896 is the earliest year in the answer choices so we eliminate the other answer

choices.

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

answer choices. Out of those three, January is the earliest month. Eliminate any

answer choices where January is not the month.

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

3. Eliminate by day. We now only have two answer choices to look at. Keep the

answer choice with the earlier day. In this case, 24 is earlier than 29, so Jan. 24, 1896

is our answer.

Feb. 19, 1896 Feb. 19, 1986 Jan. 28, 1988 Jan. 29, 1896 Jan. 24, 1896

Note about online tests: When taking this exam on a computer, you cannot cross

off choices you eliminate. To easily execute this strategy, simply write down A, B, C,

D, E as they correspond with the answer choices and cross the letters off as you

eliminate the answer choices. You might want to set up a few of these on scrap paper

before starting the exam.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Which of the following is the earliest date?

Mar. 14, 1388 May 13, 1388 Mar. 24, 1397 Feb. 11, 1398 Mar. 12, 1388

Jun. 22, 2424 Jun. 23, 2324 Jun. 21, 2424 Aug. 12, 2422 May 22, 2424

Dec. 25, 1986 Sep. 22, 1986 Dec. 24, 1986 Oct. 24, 1986 Jan. 23, 1989

Jan. 1, 1971 Jan. 1, 1970 Jan. 2, 1971 Feb. 4, 1971 Feb. 3, 1971

May 2, 2031 May 22, 2031 Mar. 30, 2031 Mar. 29, 2031 Jan. 1, 2301

Answers & Explanations

Mar. 14, 1388 May 13, 1388 Mar. 24, 1397 Feb. 11, 1398 Mar. 12, 1388

Eliminate by year:

Mar. 14, 1388 May 13, 1388 Mar. 24, 1397 Feb. 11, 1398 Mar. 12, 1388

Eliminate by month:

Mar. 14, 1388 May 13, 1388 Mar. 24, 1397 Feb. 11, 1398 Mar. 12, 1388

Eliminate by day:

Mar. 14, 1388 May 13, 1388 Mar. 24, 1397 Feb. 11, 1398 Mar. 12, 1388

2. Which of the following is the latest date?

Jun. 22, 2424 Jun. 23, 2324 Jun. 21, 2424 Aug. 12, 2422 May 22, 2424

Eliminate by year:

Jun. 22, 2424 Jun. 23, 2324 Jun. 21, 2424 Aug. 12, 2422 May 22, 2424

Eliminate by month:

Jun. 22, 2424 Jun. 23, 2324 Jun. 21, 2424 Aug. 12, 2422 May 22, 2424

Eliminate by day:

Jun. 22, 2424 Jun. 23, 2324 Jun. 21, 2424 Aug. 12, 2422 May 22, 2424

3. Which of the following is the earliest date?

Dec. 25, 1986 Sep. 22, 1986 Dec. 24, 1986 Oct. 24, 1986 Jan. 23, 1989

Eliminate by year:

Dec. 25, 1986 Sep. 22, 1986 Dec. 24, 1986 Oct. 24, 1986 Jan. 23, 1989

Eliminate by month:

Dec. 25, 1986 Sep. 22, 1986 Dec. 24, 1986 Oct. 24, 1986 Jan. 23, 1989

4. Which of the following is the latest date?

Jan. 1, 1971 Jan. 1, 1970 Jan. 2, 1971 Feb. 4, 1971 Feb. 3, 1971

Eliminate by year:

Jan. 1, 1971 Jan. 1, 1970 Jan. 2, 1971 Feb. 4, 1971 Feb. 3, 1971

Eliminate by month:

Jan. 1, 1971 Jan. 1, 1970 Jan. 2, 1971 Feb. 4, 1971 Feb. 3, 1971

Eliminate by day:

Jan. 1, 1971 Jan. 1, 1970 Jan. 2, 1971 Feb. 4, 1971 Feb. 3, 1971

5. Which of the following is the earliest date?

May 2, 2031 May 22, 2031 Mar. 30, 2031 Mar. 29, 2031 Jan. 1, 2301

Eliminate by year:

May 2, 2031 May 22, 2031 Mar. 30, 2031 Mar. 29, 2031 Jan. 1, 2301

Eliminate by month:

May 2, 2031 May 22, 2031 Mar. 30, 2031 Mar. 29, 2031 Jan. 1, 2301

Eliminate by day:

May 2, 2031 May 22, 2031 Mar. 30, 2031 Mar. 29, 2031 Jan. 1, 2301

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Finding Duplicates

You will be provided with five pairs of words (usually in the form of names but we’ve

seen numbers too) and asked to identify how many of those pairs are exact duplicates.

When the Wonderlic asks you to identify exact duplicates, they mean it. You need to

locate exact duplicates. Any difference in punctuation, capitalization or spelling means

that a given pair is not an exact duplicate.

Most people get this problem incorrect because they rush through it. We recommend

that you go through each line of pairs, focus on that single line and determine whether

it is a pair of exact duplicates or not. Then, move on to the next line.

Example Question

How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Brian, J Brian, J.

DD Betts DD Betts

L. Kyle I. Kyle

Crain, RJ Crain, R.J.

Ste. Mec. Ste. Mec.

1

2

3

4

5

1. Go through each line and carefully identify if each line is an exact duplicate

or not.

DD Betts DD Betts Duplicate

L. Kyle I. Kyle Not a Duplicate – Spelling

Crain, RJ Crain, R.J. Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

Ste. Mec. Ste. Mec. Duplicate

1

2

3

4

5

Note for online test-takers: make a mark on a piece of scrap paper for each duplicate

you find. This will keep you from forgetting how many duplicates you have identified.

Once you get through the 5 rows, count the marks on your scrap paper to get the

correct answer.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Smith, C. W. Smith, CW

Jones, Tho. Jones, Tho

James - T James - T

Brian, W.B. Brian, W.B.

Ste. Fran. St. Fra.

1

2

3

4

5

2. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Pitt, D. Pitts, D.

V King King, V

Geoff, S. Jeff, S.

Daniel Daneil

J.T. Bryant J.T. Bryant

1

2

3

4

5

3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

901284 901284

723998 723998

437982 437.982

739128 738129

381290 381290

1

2

3

4

5

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Odessa. Odezza.

N-E.p N/E. p

John G. John G

Jimmy, J Jimmy. J

Johns, B.B. Johns, B.B.

1

2

3

4

5

5. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

90-133 90.133

100101 100101

321312 321322

458798 459878

22.2222 222.222

1

2

3

4

5

Answers & Explanations

1. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Jones, Tho. Jones, Tho Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

James - T James - T Duplicate

Brian, W.B. Brian, W.B. Duplicate

Ste. Fran. St. Fra. Not a Duplicate – Spelling

1

2

3

4

5

2. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

V King King, V Not a Duplicate – Order

Geoff, S. Jeff, S. Not a Duplicate – Spelling

Daniel Daneil Not a Duplicate – Spelling

J.T. Bryant J.T. Bryant Duplicate

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2

3

4

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3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

723998 723998 Duplicate

437982 437.982 Not a Duplicate – Decimal

739128 738129 Not a Duplicate – Order

381290 381290 Duplicate

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2

3

4

5

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

N-E.p N/E. p Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

John G. John G Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

Jimmy, J Jimmy. J Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

Johns, B.B. Johns, B.B. Duplicate

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2

3

4

5

5. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

100101 100101 Duplicate

321312 321322 Not a Duplicate – Numbers

458798 459878 Not a Duplicate – Order

22.2222 222.222 Not a Duplicate – Value

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Patterns

You will be asked to recognize a pattern within a given set of numbers and then

identify a missing number within that set of numbers by applying the pattern.

Pattern questions are one of those things that you simply get better at with time. The

more you practice and the more pattern types you are exposed to, the more easily and

quickly you can recognize them. That being said, we do have a strategy that you can

apply to help you efficiently recognize patterns in the case where you have difficulty

distinguishing one.

How do I get from the first number to the second number? If you find yourself

struggling to distinguish the pattern ask yourself, “How do I get from the first number

in this pattern to the second?” Once you figure that out, check it by applying it to the

rest of the numbers.

Example Question

What is the next number in the series?

3 6 12 24 48 __?__

64

96

112

184

222

If you do not recognize the pattern, just analyze the first two numbers in the series.

How do you get from 3 to 6? There are two ways:

Add 3 3 + 3 = 6

Multiply by 2 3 x 2 = 6

We know that the pattern is likely one of these two operations. Now we check by

applying these two operations to the second and third numbers in the sequence.

Add 3 6 + 3 = 9

3. Apply operation to find missing number in the sequence.

Now that we know that our pattern tells us to multiply each number by 2 to get the

following number, we simply need to apply this operation to the final number in order

to get the missing number in the sequence.

48 x 2 = 96

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. What is the next number in the series?

11 14 16 19 21 __?__

23

24

25

26

27

7 14 21 28 35 __?__

42

43

44

45

46

1/28

1/24

1/18

1/12

1/8

4. What is the next number in the series?

109 97 85 73 61 __?__

45

47

49

55

59

1/24

1/28

1/32

1/36

1/40

Answers & Explanations

23

24

25

26

27

42

43

44

45

46

1/576 (x2) 1/288 (x2) 1/144 (x2) 1/72 (x2) 1/36 (x2 = 1/18)

1/28

1/24

1/18

1/12

1/8

Another way to look at this is that the denominator is divided in half each time.

4. What is the next number in the series?

45

47

49

55

59

1 (÷2) 1/2 (÷2) 1/4 (÷2) 1/8 (÷2) 1/16 (÷2 = 1/32)

1/24

1/28

1/32

1/36

1/40

Another way to look at this is that the denominator doubles each time.

Ordering

Ordering

Ordering questions on the Wonderlic will present you with a series of numbers and

ask which of those numbers is least or greatest. These numbers will almost always be

a mix of whole numbers and decimal numbers, so understanding relative decimal sizes

is vital.

you keep place value in mind. We will review this skill and then jump into our Beat

the Wonderlic strategy for ordering decimals…

Skill Review – Ordering Decimals

Putting decimals in order, or figuring out which decimal number in a series is least or

greatest, all comes down to place value. It is easy to look at 0.402 and 0.42 and think

that 0.402 is the larger number because it contains more digits; however, when we

consider place value, we know that this is not true. Keep this in mind as this is a

trap the Wonderlic will always set for you.

If you find yourself having a challenging time ordering decimals, place them in a chart

and read from left to right keeping only the highest (or lowest depending on what you

are asked) number in that column:

1. Put the numbers in a table. Place the numbers in a table with each digit having its

own cell. Make sure to line up the decimals.

2. Add zeroes for empty digits. If you find that one number is shorter than another,

you can add terminal (ending) zeroes so they line up.

3. Read left to right. Eliminate by reading left to right. Eliminate the number with

the smallest (or largest) digit as you go from left to right.

Example Question

1 . 6 0 5

1 . 6 4

0 . 9 8 8

1 . 0 5 1

0 . 8 6 5

1 . 6 0 5

1 . 6 4 0

0 . 9 8 8

1 . 0 5 1

0 . 8 6 5

Ones place:

1 . 6 0 5

1 . 6 4

0 . 9 8 8

1 . 0 5 1

0 . 8 6 5

Tenths place:

1 . 6 0 5

1 . 6 4

0 . 9 8 8

1 . 0 5 1

0 . 8 6 5

Hundredths place:

1 . 6 0 5

1 . 6 4

0 . 9 8 8

1 . 0 5 1

0 . 8 6 5

We see now that 1.64, despite having the least digits, is the greatest number in the

series.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Which of the following in the group of numbers is largest?

Answers & Explanations

5. Which of the following in the group of numbers is smallest?

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Graphs

The Wonderlic may provide you with a data set and then ask you to interpret a line

graph and determine which graph best represents that data set.

Let’s quickly review how to read line graphs. Then, we will teach you how to quickly

identify the correct graph in a Wonderlic problem.

Line Graphs: Line graphs are typically utilized to show a change in value over time.

You read a line graph from left to right.

If the line in the graph is going up (like the image to the left), then

this means the value is increasing over time.

If the line in the graph is going down, then this represents a decrease

in value over time.

A straight line means that there is no change in the value over time.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 1 – Match Big & Small

Like any of the Wonderlic question types, the key to answering graph questions is to

do it as quickly as possible. Most people when answering graph questions, attempt to

remember the data set in their head and then go through each data point in each

graph to see which graph best represents the given data. This is time consuming as

well as an unnecessary expenditure of effort.

The method we recommend will help you race through these questions. Here is how

to approach graph questions on the Wonderlic:

each answer choice and eliminate any of the graphs where the largest/highest amount

does not match the largest/highest amount in the data set.

2. Check the smallest amount to eliminate wrong answer choices. Complete the

same exercise as above, this time weeding out any answer choices where the smallest

point of the graph does not match the smallest amount in the data set.

eliminate answer choices, cross off the corresponding letters.

Example Question

The weather forecast over the next 5 days calls for the following temperatures in

degrees Fahrenheit: 92, 85, 78, 85, 92. Which graph below best represents the

temperature over this 5 day period?

1. Check the largest amount to eliminate wrong answer choices. A graph of our

data set (92, 85, 78, 85, 92) should have its highest point at the first plot on the graph.

Taking just this fact into consideration, we can quickly eliminate the 2nd, 3rd and 5th

answer choices as each of these graphs have their highest point somewhere other than

the very beginning.

2. Check the smallest amount to eliminate wrong answer choices. Given our

data set (92, 85, 78, 85, 92) we know that the lowest point of the correct graph must

be exactly in the middle, or the third plot on the graph. This eliminates the 4th answer

choice, leaving us with the correct answer.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2 – Compare Trajectories

Some graph questions on the Wonderlic will give you two sets of data and ask you to

identify the graph that most accurately contrasts those two data sets. This means that

we will be looking at graphs with two distinct lines.

Here is how to approach graph questions with multiple data sets on the Wonderlic:

1. Compare trajectories of the two graphs (trajectory scribble). Read the first data

set and draw what a graph of this may look like, or simply think about how it would

look. We like to keep it simple by saying something like “the first line starts up, then

goes down and then up”. Draw that on scrap paper.

Once you have that down for the first data set, repeat this step with the second set of

data. Then look for the graph that looks most like the graph you scribbled on your

scrap paper.

Example Question

In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 40, 50, and

30; and for Player 2, it was 30, 40 and 15. Which graph below best contrasts the

number of points scored by each player over this period?

1. Scribble trajectories of the data sets. My first data set should go up and then

down. My second data set should also go up and down. We can eliminate the 1st, 3rd,

4th, and 5th answer choices.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. An investor is checking the closing prices of their stock as recorded over the past

5 days. The stock’s closing prices were $31, $42, $24, $33, $34. Which of the

following graphs best represents the stock’s performance over the past 5 days?

2. The price of gas has been volatile over the last 5 months, posting monthly per

gallon averages of $3.88, $3.45, $3.11, $2.45 and $4.22. Which of the following

graphs most accurately portrays the change in gas prices over these last 5

months?

was 5, 10 and 30; and for Maggie’s Restaurant, it was 10, 5 and 20. Which graph

below best contrasts the number of visitors to these restaurants?

4. In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 30, 10,

and 25; and for Player 2, it was 40, 20 and 12. Which graph below best contrasts

the number of points scored by each player over this period?

5. This past semester, Jason took 5 tests. His scores were 85, 82, 69, 87, and 90.

Which graph best represents his scores over these 5 tests?

Answers & Explanations

1. An investor is checking the closing prices of their stock as recorded over the past

5 days. The stock’s closing prices were $31, $42, $24, $33, $34. Which of the

following graphs best represents the stock’s performance over the past 5 days?

Check highest points. The highest point needs to be the second plot. Eliminate

the 1st and 2nd answer choices.

Check lowest points. The lowest point needs to be the third plot. Eliminate the

3rd and 5th answer choices.

2. The price of gas has been volatile over the last 5 months, posting monthly per

gallon averages of $3.88, $3.45, $3.11, $2.45 and $4.22. Which of the following

graphs most accurately portrays the change in gas prices over these last 5

months?

Check highest points. Our highest point must be the fifth plot. We can eliminate

the 3rd and 5th answer choices.

Check the lowest points. Our lowest point must be the 4th plot. We can eliminate

the 1st and 2nd answer choices.

was 5, 10 and 30; and for Maggie’s Restaurant, it was 10, 5 and 20. Which graph

below best contrasts the number of visitors to these restaurants?

Compare graph trajectories. Our first line must go: up, up. The other line must

be: down, up. We can eliminate the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th answer choices.

4. In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 30, 10,

and 25; and for Player 2, it was 40, 20 and 12. Which graph below best contrasts

the number of points scored by each player over this period?

Compare graph trajectories. Our first line must go: down, up. Our second line

must go down, down. We can eliminate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th answer choices.

5. This past semester, Jason took 5 tests. His scores were 85, 82, 69, 87, and 90.

Which graph best represents his scores over these 5 tests?

Check highest points. The highest point in our graph must be the final plot. We

can eliminate the 1st and 4th answer choices.

Check lowest points. The lowest point must be the third plot. We can eliminate

the 3rd and 5th answer choices.

General Knowledge &

Quick Recognition

Practice Quiz

There are 10 practice questions beginning on the next page that cover all the question

types we reviewed in the previous chapter. Time yourself when taking this quiz.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

10 Questions

2 Min 20 Sec

1. Which of the following is the EARLIEST date?

Mar. 22, 1933 May 22, 1933 Mar. 23, 1934 Oct. 21, 1933 Mar. 11, 1933

1 5 8 12 15 __?__

18

19

20

21

22

3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Barney, B. B. Barney, B. B.

Steves, J. C. Steven, J.C.

Roberts, G. Robbins, G.

Blue, DJ Blue, D.J.

Kevin C. Kelvin C.

1

2

3

4

5

4. A sports reporter is building a graph to track the wins of the local high school

football team over the course of five seasons. Starting 5 years ago, the team has

won 3, 7, 4, 10 and 8 games respectively. Which of the following graphs best

represents the team’s wins over this 5 year period?

June

July

August

September

October

1/9

1/10

1/11

1/12

1/13

7. Which of the following in the group of numbers is largest?

8. Over a 3-day period, the average temperature in Pleasant Town was 45°, 50°, and

30°; in South City, it was 30°, 45°, and 5°. Which graph best contrasts the

temperatures of the two locations over this period?

108 95 82 69 56 __?__

30

35

38

41

43

Answers & Explanations

Mar. 22, 1933 May 22, 1933 Mar. 23, 1934 Oct. 21, 1933 Mar. 11, 1933

Eliminate by year:

Mar. 22, 1933 May 22, 1933 Mar. 23, 1934 Oct. 21, 1933 Mar. 11, 1933

Eliminate by month:

Mar. 22, 1933 May 22, 1933 Mar. 23, 1934 Oct. 21, 1933 Mar. 11, 1933

Eliminate by day:

Mar. 22, 1933 May 22, 1933 Mar. 23, 1934 Oct. 21, 1933 Mar. 11, 1933

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19

20

21

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3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Steves, J. C. Steven, J.C. Not a Duplicate – Spelling

Roberts, G. Robbins, G. Not a Duplicate – Spelling

Blue, DJ Blue, D.J. Not a Duplicate – Punctuation

Kevin C. Kelvin C. Not a Duplicate – Spelling

1

2

3

4

5

4. A sports reporter is building a graph to track the wins of the local high school

football team over the course of five seasons. Starting 5 years ago, the team has

won 3, 7, 4, 10 and 8 games respectively. Which of the following graphs best

represents the team’s wins over this 5 year period?

Check highest points. The highest point in our graph must be the fourth plot.

We can eliminate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th answer choices.

5. The tenth month of the year is:

June

July

August

September

October

1/352 (x2) 1/176 (x2) 1/88 (x2) 1/44 (x2) 1/22 (x2 = 1/11)

1/9

1/10

1/11

1/12

1/13

8. Over a 3-day period, the average temperature in Pleasant Town was 45°, 50°, and

30°; in South City, it was 30°, 45°, and 5°. Which graph best contrasts the

temperatures of the two locations over this period?

Compare graph trajectories. Both lines must go: up, down. We can eliminate

the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th answer choices.

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35

38

41

43

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Deductive Reasoning

Deductive Reasoning questions show up quite often on the Wonderlic. Here is how

they work:

You will be given two statements that you are told to assume are true. You are then

given a third statement and asked whether you believe that third statement is true,

false or uncertain based solely on the first two statements being true.

These questions can be difficult for two reasons. One is that the “true” statements

that they give you are sometimes too absolute and are sometimes even factually

incorrect in the real world. The other is that you must give your answer based solely

on the “true” statements provided; you cannot bring any outside knowledge into these

questions.

Simple

Focus only on the two “true” statements. Completely ignore anything you know

outside of the two statements provided. If they tell you that all cats are brown, then

you must choose your answer based under the assumption that all cats are brown.

This also means that even if you know something to be true in real life, if you cannot

support that truth with the first two statements in the question alone, then your

answer must be “uncertain”.

Example Question

If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Margaret shook hands with Steven.

yes

no

uncertain

Remember your answer must be based off of the first two sentences. We know

that Kevin shook hands with Margaret and Margaret shook hands with Steven. Kevin

may have also shook hands with Steven but based ONLY on the first two statements,

we cannot say for certain that Kevin and Steven shook hands. Because of this, our

answer must be uncertain.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

All cats are gray.

yes

no

uncertain

2. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Meagan is a student at St. Joseph’s High School.

yes

no

uncertain

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Steven lives in California.

yes

no

uncertain

4. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Brian is in line behind Jerome.

yes

no

uncertain

5. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Whales can swim.

yes

no

uncertain

Answers & Explanations

1. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

All cats are gray.

yes

no

uncertain

Remember that we must base our answer assuming the first two statements being

true. We know that in real life tigers are not gray, but given the first two

statements, our answer must be true in this case.

2. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Meagan is a student at St. Joseph’s High School.

yes

no

uncertain

If all students at the school wear brown shoes, and Meagan is a student at this

school, then she must also wear brown shoes.

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Steven lives in California.

yes

no

uncertain

We cannot know for certain that Ryan ever visits Steven in California. This

statement cannot be confirmed by the first two statements alone.

4. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Brian is in line behind Jerome.

yes

no

uncertain

We can answer this one by drawing a picture. Take each statement and mark it on a

piece of paper:

Brian is in line behind Jerome J – B – T

Now we easily see that Jerome is in front of Tyler so this statement is true.

5. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Whales can swim.

yes

no

uncertain

We cannot tell for certain whether whales are fish based solely off the first two

statements. We know that fish and whales can swim, but this does not explicitly

mean that whales and fish are the same.

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Spatial Reasoning

You will encounter a variety of questions on the Wonderlic that will require you to

analyze and/or manipulate shapes. The first shape analysis question we will cover with

you deals with overlapping colors to create one final pattern. The Wonderlic presents

to you a figure made up of multi-colored boxes and asks you to select three answer

choices that, when combined, create the figure in the question.

Let’s refresh your memory with what this problem looks like. Here is the spatial

reasoning question from the diagnostic test you took earlier:

Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

Let’s take a look at how we would approach this question as well as provide an

example walkthrough.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Eliminate and Then

Eliminate Some More.

remember that there are three (sometimes two) correct answer choices, which leaves

only two incorrect answer choices. If you can eliminate at least one of the incorrect

answer choices, this makes your job much easier.

1. Eliminate answer choices that do not fit. By “do not fit”, we simply mean

answer choices that contain an incorrect color square. Only squares of the same color

can overlap. If an answer choice has a color in the wrong location, it can be

immediately eliminated.

2. Eliminate answer choices that do not help to complete the shape. After

eliminating answer choices that would cause color overlapping, go through each of

the answer choices and find the combination that would result in a completed figure.

Eliminate the answer choice that does not help complete the figure and you will be

left with your three correct answers.

Example Question

Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

1. Eliminate answer choices that do not fit. We see that E would not fit as the

bottom left square is gray, which does not match our shape in the question. Also, the

middle left square is blue, which does not match the shape in the question.

Remember, colors can only overlap if they are the same so we eliminate the 5th answer

choice - E.

2. Eliminate answer choices that do not help complete the shape. Quickly look

at the four remaining answer choices and attempt to find which combination of three

would result in a completed shape. The easiest way to do this is to imagine stacking

the shapes on top of each other. If you can stack the shapes and no white shows, then

that is your answer combination for this problem.

If we combine the 1st, 3rd and 4th answer choices we can complete the shape.

The correct answer would look like this on your test:

A B C D E

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

2. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

3. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

4. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

5. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

Answers & Explanations

1. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

2. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

3. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

4. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

5. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

Shape

Patterns

Shape Patterns

The second shape analysis question type we will cover with you is shape patterns. This

question type will provide you with 3 completed shapes and one missing space. You

will need to identify which answer choice would be the best replacement for the

missing space.

These questions all come down to identifying a pattern in the shapes the test presents

to you and locating the answer choice that continues that pattern.

The most common shape pattern question we see is what we refer to as the “clock

question”, which is the shape patterns question from the diagnostic test you took

earlier:

Let’s take a look at how we would approach this question as well as provide an

example walkthrough.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Eliminate One Hand at a

Time

1. Eliminate by big hand. The trickiest part about these questions is that the pattern

often has two elements to it. In the “clock questions”, which is the most utilized

shape patterns question type, each hand follows its own pattern. You will need to

locate the answer choice that correctly incorporates both patterns (the big hand and

small hand of the clock). This is tricky unless you break down the question into each

pattern and eliminate accordingly.

We start by eliminating answer choices that do not have the big hand (the thick, black

line) in the correct location.

2. Eliminate by small hand. Once we have eliminated by big hand, we will only

have a couple of answer choices to choose from. We can now turn all of our focus to

the small hand. The remaining answer choice that has the small hand in the correct

spot will be the correct answer.

multiple times on scrap paper. This way, you can easily keep track of which answer

choices you have already eliminated.

Let’s apply these strategies to the question we saw in the diagnostic test.

Example Question

Eliminate by big hand (black line). We recognize that there are two elements to

this pattern: the location of the big hand and the small hand. These are not related

to each other so we must find our answer by looking at each element of the pattern

exclusively. We start with the big hand.

We see that the pattern of the big hand starts between 12:00 and 3:00 then advances

1 space counterclockwise in each clock. So, we have between 12:00 and 3:00

12:00 between 12:00 and 9:00. This means the big hand should be at 9:00 in the

next clock. We can eliminate any answer choice that does not include the big hand

at 9:00.

Eliminate by small hand (gray line). We can now shift our focus to the small

hand. The small hand moves clockwise 3 lines at a time. The last clock has the small

hand at 3:00 and we know it must move 3 lines clockwise in the next shape. Our

answer must have the small hand in the space between 6:00 and 9:00.

Note that the lines can be difficult to see. Expect this on the exam, itself. We took

special care to put these shapes into the same size, coloring, and format that you will

encounter on the real exam.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Replace the in the boxed series.

3. Replace the in the boxed series.

5. Replace the in the boxed series.

Answers & Explanations

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves clockwise 3 spaces and, therefore,

must be between 6:00 and 9:00. Eliminate 2nd and 5th answer choices.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand moves clockwise 1 space and must be

at 9:00. The 1st answer choice is correct.

2. Replace the in the boxed series.

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves clockwise 4 spaces (or 6 hours).

The correct answer choice must have the big hand at 6:00. Eliminate 1st and 3rd

answer choices.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand moves clockwise 2 spaces. The

correct answer choice must have the small hand between 6:00 and 9:00. The 5th

answer choice is correct.

3. Replace the in the boxed series.

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves clockwise 1 space. The correct

answer will have the big hand at 6:00. Eliminate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd answer choices.

The correct answer choice will have the small hand between 9:00 and 6:00. The

5th answer choice is correct.

4. Replace the in the boxed series.

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves clockwise 3 spaces. The correct

answer must have the big hand between 6:00 and 9:00. Eliminate 2nd, 3rd, and 5th

answer choices.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand moves clockwise 2 spaces and must

be between 3:00 and 6:00. The 1st answer choice is correct.

5. Replace the in the boxed series.

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves counter-clockwise 1 space. The

correct answer must have the big hand at 9:00. Eliminate 2nd and 4th answer

choices.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand moves clockwise 1 space and must be

at 3:00. The 3rd answer choice is correct.

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The next shape analysis question type we will cover with you is 3D Shapes. This

question type will give you what looks like a flattened box. You will then be asked to

fold the flattened box so that it resembles a real box. You then identify which part of

that box the “X” touches.

After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch the

corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

These questions all come down to visualizing these squares as an oddly shape piece of

paper. You must fold this piece of paper on the lines in order to create a paper box.

Unfortunately, there are no quick tricks to getting the correct answer. These questions

simply get easier with practice. However, you can eliminate answer choices that you

know would be incorrect. For example, in this question, I can see that neither A nor C

will touch the side that X is on, so I can eliminate those.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

2. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

3. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

4. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

5. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

Answers & Explanations

1. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

2. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

3. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

4. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

5. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

Logic Questions

Practice Quiz

There are 10 practice questions beginning on the next page that cover all the question

types we reviewed in the previous chapter. Time yourself when taking this quiz.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

10 Questions

2 Min 20 Sec

1. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

2. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

David is not brave.

Yes

No

Uncertain

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

For any vehicle with eight or more wheels, the driver must have a special license.

John drives a truck with eighteen wheels.

Yes

No

Uncertain

4. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

5. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Ryan greets Brittany at the party and takes her coat.

Yes

No

Uncertain

6. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

7. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

8. Replace the in the boxed series.

9. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Carol is an executive.

yes

no

uncertain

10. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Courtney is a student at St. John’s.

Yes

No

Uncertain

Answers & Explanations

1. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

2. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

David is not brave.

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explanation: If all firemen are brave, then David must be brave to be a fireman.

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

For any vehicle with eight or more wheels, the driver must have a special license.

John drives a truck with eighteen wheels.

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explanation: If John drives a truck with eighteen wheels, he does need a special

license to drive according to the first two statements.

4. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

5. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Ryan greets Brittany at the party and takes her coat.

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explanation: We do not know where the coats are based on the first two

statements alone.

6. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

7. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand must be at 6:00. Eliminate 4th and 5th

answer choices.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand must be between 6:00 and 9:00. The

1st answer choice is correct.

9. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Carol is an executive.

yes

no

uncertain

Explanation: If Carol is an executive and all executives must have an MBA, then

Carol must have an MBA.

10. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Courtney is a student at St. John’s.

yes

no

uncertain

Explanation: Based on the first two statements, we know that all students at St.

John’s wear blue slacks. Since Courtney is a student at St. John’s, she must wear

blue slacks.

English

Knowledg

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Questions

40% of the Test

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Similar/

Contradictory

Word

Meanings

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Similar/Contradictory Word Meanings

The Wonderlic will give you two words with no context and ask you whether the two

words are similar (the same), contradictory (the opposite) or unrelated (the two words

mean neither the same nor the opposite). Your job is to simply decide how the two

words are related.

Many test takers fear the English knowledge questions on the Wonderlic because, in

many cases, the Wonderlic will purposefully use unpopular, seldom used words. If

you have never seen one of these words or you have no idea what one or both of the

words mean then what can you do?

If you have time, we recommend studying prefixes, roots and suffixes as this is the

fastest way to learn how to decipher word meanings. However, we understand you are

probably crunched for time, so let’s take a look at some quick strategies to help you

get through these problems on the test…

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 1

1. Associate the words with a familiar context. Try to think of a time when you

have heard that word used before; or try to use it, yourself, in a sentence that sounds

correct. This could help you figure out roughly what each word means.

Example Question

similar

contradictory

unrelated

1. Associate the words with a familiar context. I am familiar with the word

“unnecessary”, but “obligatory” might throw me into a brief panic. I try to remember

times I have heard the word or some variation of the word in the past. I know I have

heard people say they could not commit to something because they “had another

obligation”. Knowing this, I can guess that “obligatory” might mean “something you

need to do”. This is contradictory to the word “unnecessary”.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2

Here’s what you can do if you have trouble associating the word with a familiar

context:

1. Assign positive (+), negative (-), or neutral (N) values to each word. This

sounds a little funny at first because we are not dealing with math, but when you think

about it some words just sound good or bad.

Take the word “magnanimous”, for example. You may not know exactly what it

means, but it sounds like something good so you would note a (+) above it.

Another example is “maligned”. You may not be able to define it or even use it in a

sentence, but it just sounds like something bad so you would place a (-) above it.

An example of a neutral word would be any word that is neither good nor bad.

“Striped” would be an example of a neutral word.

2. Compare the values. If your words both have the same sign above it, then it

would be a good guess that these words have similar meanings. If they have the

opposite signs, then they are most likely contradictory. If either is neutral (sounds

neither bad nor good) then your words are probably unrelated.

Example Question

similar

contradictory

unrelated

1. Assign positive (+), negative (-), or neutral (N) values to each word. Many

people would be tricked by this question as they would assume the words are similar

because they have similar roots (-evolent). However, when we take a deeper look,

benevolent sounds “good” (bene means “good” in Italian; bene is the start of the

word “beneficial”) and malevolent sounds “bad” (I think of the movie Maleficent; mal

means “bad” in Spanish). We know this is true because the prefix “bene” means

“good” and the prefix “mal” means “bad”.

BENEVOLENT +

MALEVOLENT -

likely contradictory meanings.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 seconds

1. The words MOLLIFY and EXACERBATE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

similar

contradictory

unrelated

similar

contradictory

unrelated

similar

contradictory

unrelated

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Answers & Explanations

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Exacerbate: to make a situation worse

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Obscure: unclear

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Loathsome: revolting; repulsive

4. The words FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Inflammable: describing ab object that can catch on fire

This one is difficult because “-in” typically indicates “not”. This is an example of

an English irregularity. This is an exact example we have seen on the Wonderlic

so we wanted to share it with you as it is a trap question.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Mature: complete in growth or development

Antonym

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Antonyms

You will be given a word in the context of a sentence and asked to give the opposite

of that word.

In some cases, you may know the meaning of the word and the meanings of all the

answer choices. If you do not know the meaning of the word in the sentence, you can

use context clues from the sentence to get a good idea of what that word means.

But what if you have no idea what any of the words mean and you are struggling with

decoding the word meaning by using context clues?

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Decoding Antonyms

eliminate words like “round” that have no clear antonym (antonyms for round could

include “square”, “flat” – there is no definitive opposite). Any word that does not

have a very clear and distinct opposite should be eliminated.

2. Eliminate any close synonyms in the answer choices. There can only be one

correct answer. Therefore, if two answer choices have similar meanings then neither

can be the correct answer.

3. Assign positive and negative values to the word in the question and the

answer choices. You should have eliminated a few answer choices at this point. Now

you can apply the strategy we used to help us answer the questions in the

similar/contradictory word meaning section.

4. Plug remaining words into the sentence. On the Wonderlic, the antonym they

are looking for is often the one that makes the most sense in the sentence. Replace

the colored word with remaining answer choices. The one that sounds best is likely

correct.

Example Question

One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

After several experiments, the scientists were skeptical that their hypothesis was

confirmed.

confident

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting

1. Eliminate answer choices that do not have a clear antonym. In this case,

“marveled” does not have a clear antonym that comes to mind. Eliminate it.

confident

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting

doubtful are synonyms. We can eliminate both of them.

confident

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting

3. Assign positive and negative values to the word in the question and the

answer choices. The word “skeptical” sounds bad. “Confident” sounds good.

“Fleeting” sounds neutral. We are looking for the opposite of “skeptical” (-) so our

answer must be “confident” (+).

Skeptical (-)

confident (+)

doubtful

incredulous

marveled

fleeting (N)

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The man who lives down the street is perceived as kind, friendly and arrogant.

decent

ignorant

resentful

indignant

bitter

2. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

patrons to queue outside for hours just to secure a table at the abhorred new

establishment.

popular

atmospheric

disdained

flashy

gaudy

3. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The student waited patiently to be called on by the teacher. She was doubtful she

knew the correct answer.

square

joyful

happy

confident

fearful

4. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

bright

ominous

threatening

dark

muddy

5. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

the business and recommended their services to friends and family.

ambivalent

extraordinary

shoddy

immense

vast

Answers & Explanations

1. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The man who lives down the street is perceived as kind, friendly and arrogant (-).

decent decent decent decent (+)

ignorant ignorant ignorant ignorant (-)

resentful resentful resentful resentful

indignant indignant indignant indignant

bitter bitter bitter bitter

Also notice how decent is the most appropriate sounding word when you replace

arrogant with it.

2. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

patrons to queue outside for hours just to secure a table at the abhorred (-) new

establishment.

popular popular popular popular (+)

atmospheric atmospheric atmospheric atmospheric

disdained disdained disdained disdained (-)

flashy flashy flashy flashy

gaudy gaudy gaudy gaudy

Also notice how popular is the most appropriate sounding word when you

replace abhorred with it.

3. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The student waited patiently to be called on by the teacher. She was doubtful (-)

she knew the correct answer.

square square square square

joyful joyful joyful joyful

happy happy happy happy

confident confident confident confident (+)

fearful fearful fearful fearful (-)

Also notice how confident is the most appropriate sounding word when you

replace doubtful with it.

4. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

After graduating college, his future had never looked so bleak (-).

bright bright bright bright (+)

ominous ominous ominous ominous

threatening threatening threatening threatening

dark dark dark dark (-)

muddy muddy muddy muddy

Also notice how bright is the most appropriate sounding word when you replace

bleak with it.

5. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

provided by the business and recommended their services to friends and family.

ambivalent ambivalent ambivalent ambivalent

extraordinary extraordinary extraordinary extraordinary (+)

shoddy shoddy shoddy shoddy (-)

immense immense immense immense

vast vast vast vast

Synonym

s

Synonyms

You will be given 5 words and asked to select the 3 words that are closest in meaning.

These questions are similar to the antonym questions we just went over. In many

cases, you may immediately know the meanings of each word and be able to quickly

identify the correct answer choices without much effort. In other cases, you may

recognize a few of the words listed, but not all of them.

In the case that you are unfamiliar with one or more of the words and are struggling

to identify the 3 correct answer choices, we have some strategies you can employ.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Deducing Meaning

1. Assign positive and negative values to each word. You can apply the strategy

we used to help us answer the questions in the antonym section. But remember, since

we are looking for words with the same meaning, you will want to match the values

instead of find opposite values like we did in the last section.

2. Eliminate outliers. Expect to see 2 of the words have similar meanings and the

other 3 words to have similar meanings. However, there will be times when a word is

an outlier and has no relationship to any of the other words provided. Eliminate these

if you come across them.

3. Place each word into personal context. These words will not come in sentences,

so you cannot use context clues to help decipher the meaning of each word.

However, try using the word in a sentence in your head based on times you have

heard it used.

Note: In many cases on the Wonderlic, 2 of the 5 words will be synonyms and the

other 3 out of the 5 words will be synonyms.

Example Question

opaque

hazy

ambitious

clear

obscure

1. Assign positive and negative values. The majority of these words have a neutral

connotation (neither good nor bad). My assessment looks like this:

opaque (N)

hazy (N)

ambitious (+)

clear (N)

obscure (N)

Since I have only one “good” word, I am going to eliminate it as it most likely does

not have similar meanings to the other words, which are neutral.

the other answer choices. This confirms that this should be eliminated.

I also see that clear, although related to the remaining words, is the opposite of

opaque, hazy and obscure. I can confidently eliminate this word.

3. Place each word into personal context. Thinking of times I have heard each

word used, I come up with:

Opaque: I remember hearing someone describe a cloudy, frosted glass type window

as “opaque”. I assume this means it is difficult to see through, or unclear.

Obscure: I have heard this word used interchangeably with weird/ difficult to

understand.

opaque

hazy

ambitious

clear

obscure

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

harmonious

pastoral

aggressive

combative

bellicose

consume

intake

retain

explode

radiate

distressed

confident

anguished

assured

disturbed

deal

enterprise

persist

resist

investment

5. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

punish

fault

advance

continue

endure

Answers & Explanations

+/-

harmonious harmonious (+)

pastoral pastoral (+)

aggressive aggressive (-)

combative combative (-)

bellicose bellicose (-)

Context

consume going in

intake going in

retain going in

explode coming out

radiate coming out

+/-

distressed distressed (-)

confident confident (+)

anguished anguished (-)

assured assured (+)

disturbed disturbed (-)

4. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

Outliers

deal deal

enterprise enterprise

persist persist

resist resist

investment investment

+/-

punish punish (-)

fault fault (-)

advance advance (+)

continue continue (+)

endure endure (+)

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Rearranging Sentences

You will be given a box containing a scrambled sentence. You will have to rearrange

the words in the box to create a complete sentence.

Let’s familiarize ourselves with this question type before we head into timed practice

questions.

Example Question

Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “to”?

forget

buy

do

milk

not

2. Identify correct word. We need to find the word that comes just before “to”. We

see that the correct word is “forget”.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “for”?

mother

door

the

open

your

2. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “need”?

store

go

to

I

the

3. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “you”?

for

dinner

the

thank

delicious

4. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “lot”?

a

cats

require

of

sleep

5. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “be”?

sport

a

can

dangerous

football

Answers & Explanations

1. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “for”?

mother

door

the

open

your

2. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “need”?

store

go

to

I

the

3. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “you”?

for

dinner

the

thank

delicious

4. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “lot”?

a

cats

require

of

sleep

5. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “be”?

sport

a

can

dangerous

football

Analogie

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Analogies

Analogies tend to scare test takers. We encourage you to not fear these problems on

the Wonderlic.

HARD

SIMPLE

HOLD

LEARN

BRAIN

Even if you have always hated analogies, or if you have never seen one until now, we

have an approach that helps demystify how to answer these questions.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Relationship Sentences

Completing an analogy is all about establishing a relationship with the first group of

words and then finding the word that copies that relationship in the second group.

For example:

Example Question

HARD

SIMPLE

HOLD

LEARN

BRAIN

1. Create a sentence in your mind that describes the relationship of the first two

words. We have RESTRAIN is to RELEASE. A sentence that describes the

relationship of these words would be RESTRAIN is the opposite of RELEASE.

2. Apply the same relationship sentence to the second word group. If we apply

that same sentence to the second word group we get [BLANK] is the opposite of

COMPLEX. The word that best completes that sentence is SIMPLE.

RESTRAIN is to RELEASE as SIMPLE is to COMPLEX.

Make sure to look out for traps. HARD seems like a good answer because it is similar

to COMPLEX. LEARN and BRAIN also seem like good answers as they are related

to solving complex problems. But, SIMPLE is the correct answer because it fits into

our relationship sentence and analogies are all about relationships.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. MOUSE is to CAT as __?__ is to POLICE.

COP

ARREST

CRIMINAL

CHASE

SIREN

QUENCH

SATIATE

FULL

EAT

THIRST

THWART

RESOLVE

SCRATCH

OINTMENT

WATER

FAT

FAST

LARGE

RUN

BACKWARDS

5. EYES is to READ as __?__ is to TRANSPORT.

LEARN

SHOE

BRAIN

CAR

HEARING

Answers & Explanations

COP

ARREST

CRIMINAL

CHASE

SIREN

Relationship sentence:

A MOUSE gets chased by a CAT.

A [BLANK] gets chased by POLICE.

QUENCH

SATIATE

FULL

EAT

THIRST

Relationship sentence:

HUNGER is quenched by FOOD.

[BLANK] is quenched by DRINK.

3. GASOLINE is to FIRE as __?__ is to POISON IVY.

THWART

RESOLVE

SCRATCH

OINTMENT

WATER

Relationship sentence:

GASOLINE makes FIRE worse.

[BLANK] makes POISON IVY worse.

FAT

FAST

LARGE

RUN

BACKWARDS

Relationship sentence:

SHORT is the opposite of TALL.

[BLANK] is the opposite of SLOW.

5. EYES is to READ as __?__ is to TRANSPORT.

LEARN

SHOE

BRAIN

CAR

HEARING

Relationship sentence:

EYES are used to READ.

[BLANK] is/are used to TRANSPORT.

English Knowledge

Questions Practice

Quiz

There are 10 practice questions beginning on the next page that cover all the question

types we reviewed in the previous chapter. Time yourself when taking this quiz.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

10 Questions

2 Min 20 Sec

1. The words IMPERVIOUS and IMPENETRABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

ALGEBRA

LEARN

DIFFICULT

CALCULATE

ADD

DRIVE

ROOF

CLOUD

SEDAN

TRAIN

4. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The family was wary of taking in a domesticated cat. Wild animals typically make

poor pets.

cute

striped

affectionate

friendly

feral

similar

contradictory

unrelated

6. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “fun”?

is

a

skiing

sport

winter

7. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

inactive

dynamic

potent

fruitless

powerful

8. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

complex

convoluted

straightforward

unintelligible

strong

plain

interesting

normal

original

conventional

ROUND

DRY

HARD

BRICK

DIRT

Answers & Explanations

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Impenetrable: inaccessible

ALGEBRA

LEARN

DIFFICULT

CALCULATE

ADD

Relationship sentence:

ENGLISH is a type of LANGUAGE.

[BLANK] is a type of MATHEMATICS.

3. SNOW is to PRECIPITATION as __?__ is to CAR.

DRIVE

ROOF

CLOUD

SEDAN

TRAIN

Relationship sentence:

SNOW is a type of PRECIPITATION.

[BLANK] is a type of CAR.

4. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The family was wary of taking in a domesticated (+) cat. Wild animals typically

make poor pets.

cute cute cute cute (+)

striped striped striped striped

affectionate affectionate affectionate affectionate

friendly friendly friendly friendly

feral feral feral feral (-)

5. The words AID and ANTAGONIZE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Antagonize: to be hostile or unfriendly

6. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “fun”?

is

a

skiing

sport

winter

-or-

7. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

+/-

inactive inactive (-)

dynamic dynamic (+)

potent potent (+)

fruitless fruitless (-)

powerful powerful (+)

8. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

complex complex complex complex

convoluted convoluted convoluted convoluted

straightforward straightforward straightforward straightforward (+)

unintelligible unintelligible unintelligible unintelligible (-)

strong strong strong strong (+)

it is the clearest opposite of complicated.

plain

interesting

normal

original

conventional

10. WET is to WATER as __?__ is to ROCK.

ROUND

DRY

HARD

BRICK

DIRT

Relationship sentence:

WET is a characteristic that is constant in WATER.

[BLANK] is a characteristic that is constant in a ROCK.

Word

Proble

ms

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Decimal

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Decimals

involving decimals – particularly multiplication and division. Almost all decimal

problems on the Wonderlic are multiplication or division problems involving money.

We will use this time to review operations with decimals and get you comfortable with

working with them.

Remember, even if you are already comfortable with decimals the Wonderlic is a

timed test so practicing is crucial in developing speed. We will also show you some

Beat the Wonderlic tips that will help you move through these questions more

quickly, but first let’s review how to multiply and divide with decimals…

Skill Review – Multiplying Decimals

1. Multiply the numbers as you usually would without worrying about the

decimals. Ignore the decimal points, line up the numbers vertically and multiply.

2. Count the total number of digits there are to the right of the decimal points

in the original problem. Place the decimal point this number of places from the

right in your answer.

Example Question

$4.08

$4.12

$4.24

$4.36

$4.48

1.12

x 4

448

2. Place the decimal. We have 2 total spaces to the right of the decimals in our

original problem. This means we must place the decimal point 2 spaces from the right

in our answer.

1.12 2 spaces

x 4 0 spaces

448 must be 2 spaces

448 4.48

Our answer is $4.48

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Do Half of the Problem

Let’s say we came across the previous problem on the exam. We notice that the

numbers after the decimal in each of the answer choices are different. This means that

we only need to do half of the problem in order to figure out our correct answer,

which means we are only spending half the time on the problem – and every second

on this test counts.

$4.08

$4.12

$4.24

$4.36

$4.48

1. Do half of the problem. I see that all of the answer choices have different

numbers after the decimal. This means I only need to find those numbers to find the

correct answer.

12 x 4 = 48

I now know my answer must end in 48. $4.48 must be the correct answer.

Skill Review – Dividing Decimals

1. Move the decimal in the divisor. You first move the decimal in the divisor (the

number you are dividing by) as many places to the right as you need to in order to

make it a whole number. Then move the decimal place the same number of spaces to

the right in the dividend (the number you are dividing into). You may need to add

zeroes to the end of the dividend in order to make this work.

Example Question

Rope sells for $0.17 per foot. How many feet of rope can you buy with $0.68?

3

4

5

6

7

1. Move the decimal. The equation in this problem would look like:

$0.68 ÷ $0.17

Move the decimal in the divisor to the right until we have a whole number. Then

move the decimal the same amount of spaces to the right in the dividend.

$0.68 ÷ $0.17 68 ÷ 17

2. Divide.

68 ÷ 17 = 4

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Plug & Chug

For the majority of test takers, dividing decimals is a more stressful and challenging

operation than multiplying. If you feel this way, it might be easier for you to use the

Wonderlic’s multiple choice answers to your advantage with what we call the “plug &

chug” method.

Rope sells for $0.17 per foot. How many feet of rope can you buy with $0.68?

3

4

5

6

7

going to multiply the answer choices by $0.17 and see which one equals $0.68.

The Wonderlic orders their answer choices from least to greatest, so we start in the

middle:

5 x 0.17 = .85

.85 is too high, so I now try the same thing with a lower answer choice – 4.

4 x 0.17 = .68

I now know the answer is 4 and I did not have to divide anything.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 seconds

1. Chain sells for $0.35 per foot. How many feet of chain can you buy with $2.10?

3

4

5

6

7

$3.05

$3.15

$3.30

$3.33

$3.45

3. Paper sells for $0.32 per pack. How many feet of rope can you buy with $1.28?

3

4

5

6

7

$0.42

$0.45

$0.48

$0.52

$0.58

5. Carpeting sells for $1.24 per square foot. How many square feet of carpeting can

you buy with $3.72?

3

4

5

6

7

Answers & Explanations

1. Chain sells for $0.35 per foot. How many feet of chain can you buy with $2.10?

3

4

5

6

7

$2.10 ÷ $0.35

Divide.

210 ÷ 35 = 6

2. A box of paperclips costs $1.15. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$3.05

$3.15

$3.30

$3.33

$3.45

1_

1.15

x 3

345

1.15 2 spaces

x 34 0 spaces

345 must be 2 spaces

345 3.45

3. Paper sells for $0.32 per pack. How many feet of rope can you buy with $1.28?

3

4

5

6

7

$1.28 ÷ $0.32

Divide.

128 ÷ 32 = 4

4. A pack of pencils costs 14 cents. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$0.42

$0.45

$0.48

$0.52

$0.58

1_

0.14

x 3

42

1.14 2 spaces

x 3 0 spaces

42 must be 2 spaces

42 .42

5. Carpeting sells for $1.24 per square foot. How many square feet of carpeting can

you buy with $3.72?

3

4

5

6

7

$3.72 ÷ $1.24

Divide.

372 ÷ 124 = 3

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Ratio

Ratio/rate word problems are the most common type of word problem on the

Wonderlic.

completed at a specified rate. Given that rate, you need to extrapolate the

circumstances in the problem to derive an answer. This actually sounds more difficult

than it really is. Essentially, these problems are identical to the ones we covered in the

previous section but contain one additional step – what we call “getting to 1”. We will

show you how to do that.

A train travels 15 feet in 1/4 second. At this same rate, travel __?__ feet in 3

seconds.

120

150

180

230

270

Let’s take a look at a strategy that will help you tackle these problems with efficiency.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Get to 1

In almost all cases, you will be told how far a train travels in a fraction of a second or

how much money a pack of multiple items costs. The easiest way to approach these

questions is to convert the statement in the problem so you are dealing with ones. It is

much easier to wrap your head around these questions if you know how far the train

goes in 1 second, or how much 1 item costs.

Once you have the distance covered in 1 second or the cost of 1 item, you can then

extrapolate by multiplying.

1. Get to 1. If you can figure out how much 1 item or 1 second is equal to (in price or

distance) then the problem becomes significantly easier.

2. Extrapolate. Multiply by the givens in the problem to arrive at the correct answer.

Example Question

A train travels 15 feet in 1/4 second. At this same rate, travel __?__ feet in 3

seconds.

120

150

180

230

270

1. Get to 1. Again, these problems are much easier to work with when you know

how many feet you travel in 1 second. If a train goes 15 feet in 1/4 second, then it

must travel 4 times that span in 1 whole second.

15 x 4 = 60

2. Extrapolate. Now that I know the train travels 60 feet in 1 second, I can easily

figure out how far the train will travel in 3 seconds.

60 x 3 = 180

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. The total cost of 4 binders is $14.00. 6 binders will cost __?__.

$3.50

$12.00

$18.50

$21.00

$26.50

2. A total of 60 hours was spent training 5 mechanics at the auto body shop. At this

rate, it would take __?__ hours to train an additional 8 mechanics.

40

68

74

82

96

3. A car travels 25 feet in 1/3 second. In 5 seconds it will have traveled __?__ feet.

375

400

425

450

475

$10.00

$12.00

$16.00

$21.00

$28.00

5. A train travels 65 feet in 1/2 second. In 4 seconds, the train will have traveled

__?__ feet.

390

420

480

520

580

Answers & Explanations

$3.50

$12.00

$18.50

$21.00

$26.50

Get to 1. This problem would be much easier to solve if we knew what 1 binder

cost. To solve for this, we divide $14.00 by 4 binders.

14 ÷ 4 = 3.5

Extrapolate. 1 binder costs $3.50. To find out how much 6 binders would cost,

we simply multiply $3.50 and 6.

$3.50 x 6 = $21.00

2. A total of 60 hours was spent training 5 mechanics at the auto body shop. At this

rate, it would take __?__ hours to train an additional 8 mechanics.

40

68

74

82

96

Get to 1. We want to know how many hours it takes to train 8 mechanics. This is

much easier if we know how long it takes to train 1 mechanic. If it takes 60 hours

to train 5 mechanics, then we divide 60 by 5 to determine how many hours it

takes to train 1 mechanic.

60 ÷ 5 = 12

solve for 8 mechanics. We multiply 12 hours by 8 mechanics.

12 x 8 = 96

3. A car travels 25 feet in 1/3 second. In 5 seconds it will have traveled __?__ feet.

375

400

425

450

475

Get to 1. If the car travels 25 feet in 1/3 second, then we can multiply 25 feet by

3 to figure out how far it will travel in 1 whole second.

25 x 3 = 75

Extrapolate. If the car travels 75 feet in 1 second, then it will travel (75 feet x 5)

in 3 seconds.

75 x 5 = 375

$10.00

$12.00

$16.00

$21.00

$28.00

$21.00 ÷ 7 = $3.00

$3.00 x 4 = $12.00

5. A train travels 65 feet in 1/2 second. In 4 seconds, the train will have traveled

__?__ feet.

390

420

480

520

580

Get to 1. If the train travels 65 feet in 1/2 second, then it will travel (65 feet x 2)

in 1 whole second.

65 x 2 = 130

Extrapolate.

130 x 4 = 520

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Another one of the most common types of word problems you will see on the

Wonderlic is average, also known as arithmetic mean, word problems. You might

remember how to calculate the average of a given set of numbers. If you do not

remember, know need to worry; we cover this skill in this chapter.

Skill Review – Calculating Average

1. Add all of the numbers. Add up all the numbers in a given set.

2. Divide by the number of numbers you added. If you added 5 numbers together,

then you would divide your total by 5.

Example Question

In a 4-month period, a social media manager created the following amount of posts:

1,300, 800, 1,200, and 1,700. The average number of calls he answered per month

was __?__.

1,100

1,250

1,400

1,550

1,750

5,000 ÷ 4 = 1,250

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. A coffee shop sold 45 cups of coffee on Friday, 35 cups on Saturday, and 40 cups

on Sunday. The average number of cups of coffee sold over this 3-day period was

__?__.

30

35

40

60

120

Monday and Friday, but only 15 on Saturday and Sunday. The average number of

staff members in the office per day is __?__.

30

35

40

45

50

3. Mike is roasting a turkey in the oven. For the first hour, the temperature was

200°. It then rose to 225° for the second hour, then 275° and 300° for the third

and fourth hours, respectively. The average temperature over this duration was

__?__.

200°

225°

250°

275°

300°

4. Kevin’s electric bill was $300 in March. It was $100 higher in April than March

and $100 higher in May than in April. The average electric bill over this 3-month

period was __?__.

$166

$225

$300

$350

$400

Thursday, and 12 on Friday. The average number of bartenders per day was

__?__.

9

10

11

12

13

Answers & Explanations

1. A coffee shop sold 45 cups of coffee on Friday, 35 cups on Saturday, and 40 cups

on Sunday. The average number of cups of coffee sold over this 3-day period was

__?__.

30

35

40

60

120

45 + 35 + 40 = 120

120 ÷ 3 = 40

2. A consulting company keeps 50 staff members in their local office between

Monday and Friday, but only 15 on Saturday and Sunday. The average number of

staff members in the office per day is __?__.

30

35

40

45

50

Add. This one is different because we have 50 workers for 5 days (50 x 5) and 15

workers for 2 days (15 x 2). This means that when we add, we need to take the

number of days into account.

50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 15 + 15 = 280

Divide. There were 7 total numbers we added as there are 7 days in a week. We

must divide by 7.

280 ÷ 7 = 40

3. Mike is roasting a turkey in the oven. For the first hour, the temperature was

200°. It then rose to 225° for the second hour, then 275° and 300° for the third

and fourth hours, respectively. The average temperature over this duration was

__?__.

200°

225°

250°

275°

300°

1,000 ÷ 4 = 250

4. Kevin’s electric bill was $300 in March. It was $100 higher in April than March and

$100 higher in May than in April. The average electric bill over this 3-month period

was __?__.

$166

$225

$300

$350

$400

Add. We have to add the bills for each month. Keep in mind that these bills are

cumulative.

= 1,200

Divide. We now divide by the number of numbers we added. In this case, that will

be the number of months (3).

1,200 ÷ 3 = 400

5. A bar employed 8 bartenders on Monday, 9 on Tuesday, 10 on Wednesday, 11 on

Thursday, and 12 on Friday. The average number of bartenders per day was

__?__.

9

10

11

12

13

we are asked to find the average of consecutive numbers, we can simply list the

numbers. The number in the middle of that list is our average.

8 9 10 11 12

Percentage

s

Percentages

The next type of word problem we are going to address are problems dealing with

calculating percent.

There are two ways the Wonderlic may ask you to answer a percentage problem. One

way is to simply ask you to calculate a percentage of a number (e.g. 40% of 30 is equal

to what number?) The other is to ask you to calculate a percentage when given a

fraction (if 30 people attended a party out of 40 that were invited, what is the

percentage of people that showed up?)

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Easy Percentages

If you are asked to provide the value of a given percent of a number, there are two

ways to attack the problem. The first way is to convert the percent into a decimal and

then multiply.

3. Multiply.

However, the easiest way to solve percentage problems quickly is using the 10% rule.

You can easily get 10% of any number by moving the decimal one space to the left.

For example:

10% of 300 = 30

10% of 27 = 2.7

10% of 10 = 1

You can apply the 10% rule by taking 10% of any number and then extrapolating the

percentage.

For example, say you are asked for 30% of 50. Do the following:

1. Take 10%. We get 10% of 50 by moving the decimal one space to the left. This

gives us 5.

2. Extrapolate. If we know 10% of 50 is 5, then 30% must be 3 times 10%. So, 30%

is 3 x 5 = 15.

30% of 50 = 15

Example Question

A train has 200 seats, but 40% of the seats are empty. __?__ of the seats are

occupied.

40

80

120

160

200

1. Find 10%. We move the decimal one space to the left. 10% of 200 = 20.

20 x 4 = 80

We now know that the number of empty seats is 40% of 200 = 80. The number of

occupied seats would be the total number of seats – empty seats.

200 – 80 = 120

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy 2 – Fraction/Decimal/Percent

Equivalencies

The second type of percentage question you could encounter will require you to

identify the correct percentage when given an “x out of y” scenario.

The easiest way to attack this question type is to memorize fraction – decimal

equivalencies. If you can remember the decimal equivalents of popular fractions, this

will make identifying or estimating percentages much easier.

The following table shows the most commonly used fractions on standardized tests

along with their decimal and percentage equivalencies.

1/2 0.50 50%

1/3 0.33 33%

2/3 0.66 66%

1/4 0.25 25%

3/4 0.75 75%

1/5 0.20 20%

2/5 0.40 40%

3/5 0.60 60%

4/5 0.80 80%

1/6 0.17 17%

5/6 0.83 83%

1/8 0.125 12.5%

3/8 0.375 37.5%

7/8 0.875 87.5%

1/9 0.11 11%

When you are given a problem that requires you to find a percentage, follow these

steps:

1. Turn the numbers in the problem into a fraction. When you see “X out of Y”

that is the same as X/Y. You can think of the phrase “out of” as meaning “/”.

2. Simplify. The fraction must be in its simplest form. Reduce if it is not.

equivalents table above.

Example Question

A professional basketball team played 80 games this season and won 62 of them,

meaning they won __?__ of their games.

48%

66.5%

77.5%

80%

82.5%

62

Create a fraction. The team won 62 out of 80 games. We can create a fraction: 80.

62 31

Simplify. 80 is not in its simplest form. We can reduce the fraction to 40.

31

Refer to equivalents. Although we do not have an exact equivalent for 40, we can

31 30 3 3

estimate. 40 is close to 40, which can be reduced to 4. I know that 4 = 0.75 = 75%.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. A plane sells 80 tickets for a flight with 120 seats, meaning they sold tickets for

__?__ of their seats.

45%

50%

60%

66%

75%

2. A team played 90 games, winning 80% of them. This means the team lost __?__

games.

9

18

25

50

72

office they are opening up in a new city. __?__ of their employees were selected.

.033%

.33%

3.3%

33%

333%

4. A website receives 1,200 unique visitors every day. Out of those visitors, 20%

make a purchase meaning __?__ visitors purchase at least 1 item from the website

every day.

80

100

120

180

240

5. A contractor is planning a new floor for a ballroom that will be 160ft. x 80ft. The

plan includes a 40ft. x 80ft. dance floor, which will cover __?__ of the ballroom

20%

25%

33%

40%

50%

Answers & Explanations

1. A plane sells 80 tickets for a flight with 120 seats, meaning they sold tickets for

__?__ of their seats.

45%

50%

60%

66%

75%

80

Create a fraction. 80 tickets out of 120 = 120

80 8 2

Simplify. 120 12 3

2

Refer to equivalents. 3 0.66 66%

2. A team played 90 games, winning 80% of them. This means the team lost __?__

games.

9

18

25

50

72

Solve. We are not done yet as the question asks how many games the team

LOST. If they won 72 games, then they must have lost 90 – 72 = 18.

3. A company selected 3 out of their 90 employees who will be moved to a new

office they are opening up in a new city. __?__ of their employees were selected.

.033%

.33%

3.3%

33%

333%

3

Create a fraction. 3 out of 90 employees = 90

3 1

Simplify. 90 30

1 1

Refer to equivalents. We don’t have an equivalent for 30 but we know that 3 =

33%. The trick is that for each zero you add to the denominator, you move the

decimal 1 space to the left.

4. A website receives 1,200 unique visitors every day. Out of those visitors, 20%

make a purchase meaning __?__ visitors purchase at least 1 item from the website

every day.

80

100

120

180

240

5. A contractor is planning a new floor for a ballroom that will be 160ft. x 80ft. The

plan includes a 40ft. x 80ft. dance floor, which will cover __?__ of the ballroom

20%

25%

33%

40%

50%

measurements, but we attack this problem in the same manner as we usually do.

Since both the dance floor and the entire ballroom are 80 ft. wide, we only need

to concern ourselves with the length.

40

Create a fraction. 40 out of 160 employees = 160

40 4 1

Simplify. 160 16 4

1

Refer to equivalents. 4 = .25 = 25%

Algebraic

Algebraic

The final type of word problem we will address is algebraic word problems. There are

typically 2 to 3 of these in a 50-question Wonderlic test and they are there to serve

solely as a time trap.

Many of the algebraic questions you will see on the Wonderlic will require you to use

scratch paper to work through multiple steps; some require you to set up systems of

equations to solve the problem. Simply put, no matter how good you are at math, this

problem type will suck up more than 14 seconds to solve. Because of this, we

recommend that you skip and come back to any of the algebraic word problems you

encounter on the exam with the exception of two special types we commonly see on

the Wonderlic: age problems and number problems.

We will cover age problems first, and then number problems. We will then walk

through how to solve algebraic word problems.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Age Problems

Age problems are common on the Wonderlic. You saw this one on the diagnostic

test:

A boy is 16 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 25 years old, his

sister will be __?__ years old.

26

29

32

41

50

Most people fall for the trap answer – 50. However, we know that when the boy is 16,

his sister is twice as old, which means she is 16 years older than him. We now need to

simply add 16 to whatever age the boy is to know what age his sister is.

When the boy is 25 years old his sister will be (25 + 16 = 41).

1. How much older than the boy is his sister at the beginning of the problem?

We know she is twice as old when he is 16. She must be 16 years older.

2. Add that difference to the boy’s age later in the problem. When the boy is 25,

his sister is 25 + 16 = 41.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Number Problems

Number problems may require some scratch paper, but you can solve them with

minimal effort.

A number problem looks like “there are 5 more of X than Y and they total 25, how

many Y are there?”

A bag has 90 fruits in it. There are 9 times as many oranges as there are apples. The

bag has __?__ apples in it.

9

27

45

54

81

1. Establish 2 variables that describe the relationship of the items that make up

the total. In this problem, we have apples and oranges. I will call apples “X”. This

means that oranges will be “9X” since there are 9 times as many of them.

2. Set up an equation. We know that apples and oranges = 90 total fruits. Here is

how I describe that as an equation:

X + 9X = 90

3. Solve for X.

X + 9X = 90

10X = 90

X=9

The Most Challenging Word Problems

The most challenging word problems on the Wonderlic require you to go through

multiple steps and, sometimes, set up multiple equations to solve. Luckily, there will

only be 1 to 2 of these questions on the test, so you do not need to stress about these.

As we mentioned previously, they are placed in the test simply to throw off your

timing and keep you from completing the test. Keep in mind that these questions are

still only worth 1 point.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Solving Challenging

Problems

If you get through all of the easy questions and arrive at the end of the exam with

time left to spare, then go back and approach these problems using the following

strategy:

1. Identify what it is you need to find. Establishing a goal makes approaching these

problems easier. When you are clear on what you need to find, you can set up an

equation that would help you find it.

2. Build your equation. Describe the problem with an equation that helps you find

what it is the problem is asking you for.

3. Solve.

Example Question

Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split the

profits equally. N invests $6,000, X invests $2,000, Y invests $8,000 and Z invests

$4,000. If the profits for the first month were $100,000, Y receives __?__ less than if

the profits were divided in proportion to how much they invested.

$40,000

$25,000

$15,000

$8,000

$2,000

1. What do we need to find? We need to find how much less Y receives because

they are splitting the profits evenly than if they split it in proportion to how much

they each invested.

The correct answer = (how much investor Y makes if they split profits by

proportion invested) – (how much investor Y makes if they split profits evenly)

We now know we need to answer 2 questions: How much does investor Y make if

they split profits by proportion invested and how much does Y make if they split

profits evenly?

If proportionally:

$8,000 + $4,000 = $20,000) = 20%

The correct answer = ($40,000) – (how much investor Y makes if they split profits

evenly)

If evenly:

Solve.

Practice Questions

There are 5 practice questions beginning on the next page. Time yourself.

Put 70 seconds on the clock and move on to the next page when you are ready to

begin.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

5 Questions

70 Seconds

1. Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split

the profits equally. N invests $1,000, X invests $3,000, Y invests $30,000 and Z

invests $6,000. If the profits for the first month were $120,000 Y receives __?__

less than if the profits were divided in proportion to how much they invested.

$10,000

$15,000

$30,000

$60,000

$90,000

2. Tickets to the fair are $10.00 for adults. Children receive a discount and only have

to pay $5.00. If 3,000 people attend the fair and the fair brought in $25,000, then

__?__children attended the fair.

500

1,000

1,500

2,500

3,000

3. A car parts store bought $600 worth of parts. They sold the parts for $1,800,

making $3.00 per part. There were __?__ car parts involved.

50

100

200

300

400

4. A boy is 11 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 22 years old,

his sister will be __?__ years old.

11

22

33

44

55

5. A box has 99 pairs of socks in it. There are 2 times as many red socks as there are

blue socks. The box has __?__ red socks in it.

99

81

75

66

33

Answers & Explanations

1. Four individuals pool money together to start a new business and agree to split

the profits equally. N invests $1,000, X invests $3,000, Y invests $30,000 and Z

invests $6,000. If the profits for the first month were $120,000 Y receives __?__

less than if the profits were divided in proportion to how much they invested.

$10,000

$15,000

$30,000

$60,000

$90,000

1. What do we need to find? We need to find how much less Y receives because

they are splitting the profits evenly than if they split it in proportion to how much

they each invested.

The correct answer = (how much investor Y makes if they split profits by

proportion invested) – (how much investor Y makes if they split profits evenly)

We now know we need to answer 2 questions: How much does investor Y make

if they split profits by proportion invested and how much does Y make if they

split profits evenly?

If proportionally:

+ $30,000 + $6,000 = $40,000) = 75%

The correct answer = ($90,000) – (how much investor Y makes if they split

profits evenly)

If evenly:

Solve.

2. Tickets to the fair are $10.00 for adults. Children receive a discount and only have

to pay $5.00. If 3,000 people attend the fair and the fair brought in $25,000, then

__?__children attended the fair.

500

1,000

1,500

2,500

3,000

1. What do we need to find? We need to find out how many children attended

the fair.

2. Describe the problem with an equation and work through the problem.

In words:

- also –

some number of $10 adult tickets + some number of $5.00 child tickets

a + c = 3,000

10a + 5c = 25,000

a + c = 3,000

a = 3,000 – c

Plug this equation into the first equation. We replace “a” with “3,000 – c” in

the second equation.

10(3,000 – c) + 5c = 25,000

Solve for C.

-5c = -5,000

c = 1,000

3. A car parts store bought $600 worth of parts. They sold the parts for $1,800,

making $3.00 per part. There were __?__ car parts involved.

50

100

200

300

400

2. Describe the problem with an equation and work through the problem.

dollars out ($1,800 – $600 = $1,200).

4. A boy is 11 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 22 years old,

his sister will be __?__ years old.

11

22

33

44

55

1. How much older than the boy is his sister at the beginning of the

problem? We know she is twice as old when he is 11. She must be 11 years older.

2. Add that difference to the boy’s age later in the problem. When the boy is

22, his sister is 22 + 11 = 33.

5. A box has 99 pairs of socks in it. There are 2 times as many red socks as there are

blue socks. The box has __?__ red socks in it.

99

81

75

66

33

make up the total. In this problem, we have red socks and blue socks. I will call

blue socks “X”. This means that red socks will be “2X” since there are 2 times as

many of them.

2. Set up an equation. We know that red socks and blue socks = 99 total pairs.

Here is how I describe that as an equation:

X + 2X = 99

3. Solve for X.

X + 2X = 99

3X = 99

X = 33

We know that there are 33 blue socks. We need to find the number of red socks.

There are twice as many red socks as blue socks:

2 x 33 = 66

Word Problems

Practice Quiz

There are 10 practice questions beginning on the next page that cover all the question

types we reviewed in the previous chapter. Time yourself when taking this quiz.

Remember to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Test Strategies even when practicing:

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

10 Questions

2 Min 20 Sec

1. Two pricing managers priced 180 items last week. Pricing manager X priced 5

times as many items as manager Y. Therefore, manager Y priced __?__ items.

10

20

30

40

50

2. A fitness center is covering a 240 ft. by 60 ft. wall with a 240 ft. by 20 ft. mirror.

The mirror covers __?__ of the wall.

60 %

50%

33%

30%

20%

3. A sports memorabilia website bought $5,000 worth of collector’s items. They sold

the items for $8,200, making $80.00 per item. There were __?__ collector’s items

involved.

40

50

60

70

80

4. A woman is 25 years old and her father is twice as old. When the woman is 29

years old, her father will be __?__ years old.

52

54

56

58

60

5. Bus Line CLE 120 to Cleveland has 80 passenger seats, but 40% of these seats

were empty. Therefore, ______ passenger seats were occupied.

36

38

40

44

48

6. Ribbon sells for $0.22 per foot. How many feet of ribbon can you buy with $0.88?

4

5

6

7

8

7. Over a 4-year period, an ecommerce buyer added the following number of skus:

1,300, 1,400, 700, and 600. The average number of skus the buyer added per year

was __?__.

900

1,000

1,100

1,200

1,300

8. A coffee shop is open 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday and 6.5

hours per day on Saturday and Sunday. The average number of hours per day that

the coffee shop is open is __?__.

3

3.5

4

4.5

5

9. A total of 30 hours was spent weaving 6 baskets. At this rate, it would take __?__

hours to weave an additional 8 baskets.

40

41

42

43

44

10. A car travels 20 feet in 1/4 second. In 2 seconds it will have traveled __?__ feet.

60

80

120

160

180

Answers & Explanations

1. Two pricing managers priced 180 items last week. Pricing manager X priced 5

times as many items as manager Y. Therefore, manager Y priced __?__ items.

10

20

30

40

50

Establish 2 variables that describe the relationship of the items that make

up the total. In this problem, we have two pricing managers, X and Y. This

problem is easier with one variable so we will keep Y and change X to 5Y since X

priced 5 times as many items as Y. Our variables look like:

Manager Y = Y

Manager X = 5Y

Set up an equation. We know that X and Y = 180 total items priced. Here is

how I describe that as an equation:

Y + 5Y = 180

Solve for Y.

Y + 5Y = 180

6Y = 180

Y = 30

We know that manager Y priced 30 items. Since we are being asked how many

items Y priced, this is our answer.

2. A fitness center is covering a 240 ft. by 60 ft. wall with a 240 ft. by 20 ft. mirror.

The mirror covers __?__ of the wall.

60 %

50%

33%

30%

20%

Since both wall and the mirror are 240 ft. long, we only need to concern ourselves

with the width.

20

Create a fraction. 20 out of 60 =

60

20 2 1

Simplify. 60 6 3

1

Refer to equivalents. = .33 = 33%

3

3. A sports memorabilia website bought $5,000 worth of collector’s items. They sold

the items for $8,200, making $80.00 per item. There were __?__ collector’s items

involved.

40

50

60

70

80

2. Describe the problem with an equation and work through the problem.

dollars out ($8,200 – $5,000 = $3,200).

$3,200 ÷ $80.00 = 40

4. A woman is 25 years old and her father is twice as old. When the woman is 29

years old, her father will be __?__ years old.

52

54

56

58

60

1. How much older than the woman is her father at the beginning of the

problem? We know he is twice as old when she is 25. He must be 25 years older.

2. Add that difference to the woman’s age later in the problem. When the

woman is 29, her father is 29 + 25 = 54.

5. Bus Line CLE 120 to Cleveland has 80 passenger seats, but 40% of these seats

were empty. Therefore, ______ passenger seats were occupied.

36

38

40

44

48

10% of 80 = 8

8 x 4 = 32

We now know that the number of empty seats is 40% of 80 = 32. The number of

occupied seats would be the total number of seats – empty seats.

80 – 32 = 48

6. Ribbon sells for $0.22 per foot. How many feet of ribbon can you buy with $0.88?

4

5

6

7

8

$0.88 ÷ $0.22

Move the decimal. Move the decimal in the divisor to the right until we have a

whole number. Then move the decimal the same amount of spaces to the right in

the dividend.

$0.88 ÷ $0.22 88 ÷ 22

Divide.

88 ÷ 22 = 4

7. Over a 4-year period, an ecommerce buyer added the following number of skus:

1,300, 1,400, 700, and 600. The average number of skus the buyer added per year

was __?__.

900

1,000

1,100

1,200

1,300

Add.

Divide.

4,000 ÷ 4 = 1,000

8. A coffee shop is open 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday and 6.5

hours per day on Saturday and Sunday. The average number of hours per day that

the coffee shop is open is __?__.

3

3.5

4

4.5

5

Add. This one is different because we have 3 hours for 5 days (3 x 5) and 6.5

hours for 2 days (6.5 x 2). This means that when we add, we need to take the

number of days into account.

3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 6.5 + 6.5 = 28

Divide. There were 7 total numbers we added as there are 7 days in a week. We

must divide by 7.

28 ÷ 7 = 4

9. A total of 30 hours was spent weaving 6 baskets. At this rate, it would take __?__

hours to weave an additional 8 baskets.

40

41

42

43

44

Get to 1. We want to know how many hours it takes to weave 8 baskets. This is

much easier if we know how long it takes to weave 1 basket. If it takes 30 hours

to weave 6 baskets, then we divide 30 by 6 to determine how many hours it takes

to weave 1 basket.

30 ÷ 6 = 5

Extrapolate. Now that we know it takes 5 hours to weave 1 basket, we can solve

for 8 baskets. We multiply 5 hours by 8 baskets.

5 x 8 = 40

10. A car travels 20 feet in 1/4 second. In 2 seconds it will have traveled __?__ feet.

60

80

120

160

180

Get to 1. If a car goes 20 feet in 1/4 second, then it must travel 4 times that span

in 1 whole second.

20 x 4 = 80

2. Extrapolate. Now that I know the car travels 80 feet in 1 second, I can easily

figure out how far the car will travel in 2 seconds.

80 x 2 = 160

Full-Length Practice Test

You will now take a full-length practice test. Like the diagnostic, this test is 100%

aligned with the real Wonderlic Personnel Test. The questions are of the exact same

content, level of difficulty, and format that you will see on the real exam.

At this point, you are ready to employ the Beat the Wonderlic Strategy in its entirety.

You know how to approach the test as a whole as well as how to attack certain

problems with question-specific strategies. You know which questions are most

difficult for you and which ones take the longest amount of time. Use that knowledge

and experience to your advantage. Remember that each question is worth only 1

point, so don’t be afraid to skip or guess on questions which you know give you the

most trouble or take you the most time.

Before you take the test, set a time for 12 minutes. Review the strategy below, then

flip the page to begin.

1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

Questions

1. The words DECEIVE and DECIDE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

May 30, 2045 Aug. 1, 2043 Aug. 16, 2044 July 11, 2044 May 22, 2043

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Janice is a warehouse manager.

yes

no

uncertain

4. What is the next number in the series?

41 35 29 23 17 __?__

8

9

10

11

12

5. Over a 5-month period, a company’s expenses (in thousands) were as follows: 10,

20, 30, 20, 40. Which graph below best represents the temperature over this 5 day

period?

TUBE

CURRENT

FLOW

WATER

PLUMBER

7. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “the”?

Mat

Feet

Your

Wipe

On

2 .4 6 .26 12

9. A total of 75 hours was spent packing 3 trucks. At this rate, it would take __?__

hours to pack an additional 6 trucks.

25

50

75

100

150

similar

contradictory

unrelated

11. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Kevin is not creative.

yes

no

uncertain

Oct. 30, 1935 Sep. 1, 1942 Nov. 16, 1942 Oct. 11, 1935 Nov. 22, 1938

13. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

your product and target market.

wavering

unclear

dishonest

clear

conservative

14. What is the next number in the series?

101 89 77 65 53 __?__

41

39

35

31

29

HONESTY

DISLOYALTY

FIDELITY

LUCRATIVE

FAITHFUL

16. The total cost of 3 movie tickets is $9.75. At this rate, 2 movie tickets will cost a

total of __?__.

$4.15

$5.38

$6.50

$7.25

$8.50

17. Replace the in the boxed series.

nurture

grow

mentor

stifle

thwart

9 .6 1 .51 3

20. BIRD is to SKY as FISH is to __?__.

CREATURE

SEA

FOREST

DEEP

SWIM

21. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The therapist attempted to worsen the pain of the patient’s aching muscles.

massage

deepen

intensify

elevate

mitigate

22. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

23. What is the next number in the series?

1/2

1/4

1/8

1/16

1

WIDE

TALL

FAR

SHALLOW

OCEAN

25. A total of $420,000 will be evenly spent to fill 6 manager vacancies. If the first 2

managers have been hired and paid for, then __?__ is still available for the

remaining vacancies.

$180,000

$210,000

$240,000

$280,000

$320,000

26. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

Even if you are in a hurry, you should still try to drive recklessly.

dangerously

carefully

vengefully

violently

carelessly

27. In a 3-year period, the number of acquisitions made by A Corp. were 10, 25, and

15; and for B Corp. 30, 20 and 10. Which graph below best contrasts the number

of acquisitions each company made over this period?

28. In a 4-week period, a salesman sold the following number of widgets per month:

1,500, 700, 1,300, 900. The average number of widgets he sold per month was

__?__.

900

950

1,000

1,050

1,100

29. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

advance

divide

derive

evolve

improve

similar

contradictory

unrelated

31. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

hackneyed

inconclusive

judgmental

subjective

objective

32. A consultant has calls with 10 companies per day from Monday through

Saturday, and 3 companies on Sunday. The average number of calls per day was

__?__.

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

33. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

stunning

aesthetic

oppressive

torrid

sweltering

34. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Stewart types faster than Karen and Jamal.

yes

no

uncertain

35. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

SPEAK

TONGUE

COMMUNICATION

BIPEDAL

BILINGUAL

37. Margarita’s restaurant on 120 Main Street has 150 tables, but 30% of these tables

are reserved. Therefore __?__ tables are available.

70

85

90

105

120

38. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

timid

nervous

uncomfortable

tepid

tranquil

39. Which TWO choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

MONEY

SALE

NECESSITY

STORE

NEW

41. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Tom plays two instruments.

yes

no

uncertain

apprehension

lethargy

enthusiasm

excitement

fervor

43. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

44. An auction house bought $2,000 worth of artwork from a foreign dealer. The

auction house sold $3,100, making a profit of $22 per work of art. There were

__?__ works of art involved.

10

22

50

100

210

45. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Harry greeted Samantha and Brian.

yes

no

uncertain

46. Two shipping containers are transporting 80 cars across the Atlantic Ocean.

Shipping Container X is transporting 7 times as many cars as Shipping Container

Y. Therefore, Shipping Container Y is transporting __?__ cars.

10

25

30

50

70

standard

volatile

normal

average

inconsistent

48. The fourth month of the year is __?__.

March

April

May

June

July

49. A dance studio is covering an 80 ft. by 80 ft. wall with an 80 ft. by 20 ft. mirror.

The mirror covers __?__ of the wall.

60 %

50%

33%

25%

20%

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Answers

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Decide: to choose or agree

May 30, 2045 Aug. 1, 2043 Aug. 16, 2044 July 11, 2044 May 22, 2043

Eliminate by year:

May 30, 2045 Aug. 1, 2043 Aug. 16, 2044 July 11, 2044 May 22, 2043

Eliminate by month:

May 30, 2045 Aug. 1, 2043 Aug. 16, 2044 July 11, 2044 May 22, 2043

3. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Janice is a warehouse manager.

yes

no

uncertain

wear hardhats, then Janice must wear a hardhat.

41(- 6) 35 (- 6) 29 (- 6) 23 (- 6) 17 (- 6 = 11)

8

9

10

11

12

5. Over a 5-month period, a company’s expenses (in thousands) were as follows: 10,

20, 30, 20, 40. Which graph below best represents the temperature over this 5 day

period?

Check highest points. The highest point must be the final plot. Eliminate the

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th answer choices.

TUBE

CURRENT

FLOW

WATER

PLUMBER

Relationship sentence:

ELECTRICITY travels through a WIRE.

[BLANK] travels through a PIPE.

7. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word

should come JUST BEFORE “the”?

mat

feet

your

wipe

on

2 .4 6 .26 12

Remember that the Wonderlic will try to trick you on these. The trap answer is .4,

but .26 is actually smaller even though it has more digits.

9. A total of 75 hours was spent packing 3 trucks. At this rate, it would take __?__

hours to pack an additional 6 trucks.

25

50

75

100

150

Get to 1. This problem is easier when we know how long it would take to pack 1

truck. To find this, we divide the 75 hours by 3 trucks.

75 ÷ 3 = 25

6 x 25 = 150

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Relinquish: to surrender; to give up

11. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Kevin is not creative.

yes

no

uncertain

marketers are creative.

Oct. 30, 1935 Sep. 1, 1942 Nov. 16, 1942 Oct. 11, 1935 Nov. 22, 1938

Eliminate by year:

Oct. 30, 1935 Sep. 1, 1942 Nov. 16, 1942 Oct. 11, 1935 Nov. 22, 1938

Eliminate by month:

Oct. 30, 1935 Sep. 1, 1942 Nov. 16, 1942 Oct. 11, 1935 Nov. 22, 1938

13. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

about your product and target market.

+/-

wavering wavering (-)

unclear unclear (-)

dishonest dishonest (-)

clear clear (+)

conservative conservative (-)

41

39

35

31

29

HONESTY

DISLOYALTY

FIDELITY

LUCRATIVE

FAITHFUL

Relationship sentence:

COURAGE is a characteristic of a SOLDIER.

[BLANK] is a characteristic of a TRAITOR.

16. The total cost of 3 movie tickets is $9.75. At this rate, 2 movie tickets will cost a

total of __?__.

$4.15

$5.38

$6.50

$7.25

$8.50

Get to 1. This problem is easier when we know how much 1 ticket costs.

$9.75 ÷ 3 = $3.25

$3.25 x 2 = $6.50

17. Replace the in the boxed series.

Eliminate by big hand. The big hand moves clockwise 1 section. The correct

answer must have the big hand between 3:00 and 6:00. Eliminate 2nd and 5th

answer choices.

Choose by small hand. The small hand moves clockwise 2 sections. The

correct answer must have the small hand between 9:00 and 12:00. The 3rd

answer choice is correct.

+/-

nurture nurture (+)

grow grow (+)

mentor mentor (+)

stifle stifle (-)

thwart thwart (-)

19. Which of the following in the group of numbers is smallest?

9 .6 1 .51 3

CREATURE

SEA

FOREST

DEEP

SWIM

Relationship sentence:

a BIRD lives in the SKY.

a FISH lives in the [BLANK].

21. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The therapist attempted to worsen (-) the pain of the patient’s aching muscles.

+/-

massage massage (+)

deepen deepen (-)

intensify intensify (-)

elevate elevate (-)

mitigate mitigate (+)

appropriate when plugged into the sentence in place of worsen.

22. Which THREE choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces

of the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

1/2

1/4

1/8

1/16

1

WIDE

TALL

FAR

SHALLOW

OCEAN

Relationship sentence:

CREATE is the opposite of DESTROY.

[BLANK] is the opposite of DEEP.

25. A total of $420,000 will be evenly spent to fill 6 manager vacancies. If the first 2

managers have been hired and paid for, then __?__ is still available for the

remaining vacancies.

$180,000

$210,000

$240,000

$280,000

$320,000

Get to 1. We have:

remaining managers.

To solve, we need to know how much was spent on the first 4 managers. This is

easier to solve if we know the amount spent on 1 manager.

If they split $420,000 equally among 6 managers, then each one is allotted:

$420,000 ÷ 6 = $70,000

4 x $70,000 = $280,000

26. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

Even if you are in a hurry, you should still try to drive recklessly (-).

+/-

dangerously dangerously (-)

carefully carefully (+)

vengefully vengefully (-)

violently violently (-)

carelessly carelessly (-)

27. In a 3-year period, the number of acquisitions made by A Corp. were 10, 25, and

15; and for B Corp. 30, 20 and 10. Which graph below best contrasts the number

of acquisitions each company made over this period?

Compare graph trajectories. Our first line must go: up, down. Our second

line must be a straight, downward-sloping line.

28. In a 4-week period, a salesman sold the following number of widgets per month:

1,500, 700, 1,300, 900. The average number of widgets he sold per month was

__?__.

900

950

1,000

1,050

1,100

Add. We find the total amount of widgets sold over the 4-month period:

Divide. We now divide by the total number of numbers we added. In this case,

that is 4.

4,400 ÷ 4 = 1,100

context

advance to move forward

divide no synonyms

derive no synonyms

evolve to move forward

improve to move forward

30. The words REVIEW and RENEW have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Renew: to resume an activity

31. One word below appears in color. What is the OPPOSITE of that word?

The scientist presented a thoughtful and biased (-) report on her findings.

+/-

hackneyed hackneyed (-)

inconclusive inconclusive (-)

judgmental judgmental (-)

subjective subjective (-)

objective objective (+)

32. A consultant has calls with 10 companies per day from Monday through

Saturday, and 3 companies on Sunday. The average number of calls per day was

__?__.

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

Add. We have 10 calls for 6 days (10 x 6) and 3 calls for 1 day (3 x 1):

10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 3 = 63

63 ÷ 7 = 9

+/-

stunning stunning (+)

aesthetic aesthetic (+)

oppressive oppressive (-)

torrid torrid (-)

sweltering sweltering (-)

34. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Stewart types faster than Karen and Jamal.

yes

no

uncertain

Explanation: We know Jamal types very fast, but we do not know for certain,

based on the two statements, that Jamal can type faster than Karen.

35. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

36. __?__ is to LANGUAGE as AMBIDEXTROUS is to HAND.

SPEAK

TONGUE

COMMUNICATION

BIPEDAL

BILINGUAL

Relationship sentence:

AMBIDEXTROUS is the ability of use 2 HAND(s).

[BLANK] is the ability to uses 2 LANGUAGES(s).

37. Margarita’s restaurant on 120 Main Street has 150 tables, but 30% of these tables

are reserved. Therefore __?__ tables are available.

70

85

90

105

120

150 15

3 x 15 = 45

Solve. We now know that 45 tables are reserved. To find the amount of available

tables, we subtract the 45 reserved tables from the 150 total tables:

150 – 45 = 105

38. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

+/-

timid timid (-)

nervous nervous (-)

uncomfortable uncomfortable (-)

tepid tepid (+)

tranquil tranquil (+)

39. Which TWO choices are needed to create the figure on the left? Only pieces of

the same color may overlap.

A B C D E

A and E are the only two choices that, when combined, complete the shape on

the left.

40. HUNGER is to EAT as __?__ is to PURCHASE.

MONEY

SALE

NECESSITY

STORE

NEW

Relationship sentence:

HUNGER leads to EAT(ing).

[BLANK] leads to PURCHASE.

41. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Tom plays two instruments.

yes

no

uncertain

Explanation: We know Tom plays the piano and a second instrument; however,

we cannot be sure that the second instrument is a guitar based solely on the first

two statements.

42. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

+/-

apprehension apprehension (-)

lethargy lethargy (-)

enthusiasm enthusiasm (+)

excitement excitement (+)

fervor fervor (+)

43. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch

the corner “X”?

A

B

C

D

E

44. An auction house bought $2,000 worth of artwork from a foreign dealer. The

auction house sold $3,100, making a profit of $22 per work of art. There were

__?__ works of art involved.

10

22

50

100

210

Solve.

45. If the first two statements are true, is the third statement true?

Harry greeted Samantha and Brian.

yes

no

uncertain

Explanation: We know Ronald greeted Harry, but we cannot tell for certain

based solely on the first two statements whether Ronald greeted Brian or not.

46. Two shipping containers are transporting 80 cars across the Atlantic Ocean.

Shipping Container X is transporting 7 times as many cars as Shipping Container

Y. Therefore, Shipping Container Y is transporting __?__ cars.

10

25

30

50

70

Y. This problem is easier with one letter so we will keep Y and change X to 7Y

since X carries 8 times as many cars as Y. Our variables look like:

Container Y = Y

Container X = 7Y

describe that as an equation:

Y + 7Y = 80

Solve for Y.

Y + 7Y = 80

8Y = 80

Y = 10

We know that container Y carried 10 cars. Since we are being asked how many

cars Y carries, this is our answer.

47. Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

+/-

standard standard (N)

volatile volatile (-)

normal normal (N)

average average (N)

inconsistent inconsistent (-)

March

April

May

June

July

49. A dance studio is covering an 80 ft. by 80 ft. wall with an 80 ft. by 20 ft. mirror.

The mirror covers __?__ of the wall.

60 %

50%

33%

25%

20%

Since both the wall and the mirror are 80 ft. long, we only need to concern

ourselves with the width.

20

Create a fraction. 20 out of 80 = 80

20 2 1

Simplify. 80 8 4

1

Refer to equivalents. = .25 = 25%

4

50. The words QUARREL and ARGUE have __?__ meanings.

similar

contradictory

unrelated

Quarrel: to argue

Argue: to express opposite views

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