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BEAT THE

WONDERLIC
PERSONNEL
TEST
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The Complete Guide to the Wonderlic


Personnel Test (WPT-Q & WPT-R)
This is the definitive guide for the:

Wonderlic Personnel Test – Quicktest (WPT-Q)/

Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Pre-Test

-&-

Wonderlic Personnel Test – Revised (WPT-R)/

Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test


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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
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Thank you for choosing Beat the Wonderlic. We are eager to assist you in defeating
the Wonderlic and reaching your career goals.

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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

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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

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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.

We cover more details about each test in the following section.

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The Employee Testing Path
For those seeking employment, you will be asked to proceed through the following
testing path:

1. The Wonderlic Personnel Test –Quicktest (WPT-Q) – This is also sometimes


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

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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.

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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:

1. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Quicktest (SLE – Q) – The Quicktest


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.

3. The Wonderlic Student Placement Tests – If you perform well on the


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).

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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.

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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.

Let’s break down what is at stake with each test:

1. The Wonderlic Personnel Test – Quicktest (WPT-Q) is engineered to,


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.

2. The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R), according to Wonderlic:

“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

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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:

1. General Knowledge & Quick Recognition (20%)

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:

The ninth month of the year is __?__.

July
August
September
October
December

The correct answer in this case would be September.

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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?

James bought Thomas a drink.


Thomas bought Suzette a drink.

James bought Suzette a drink.

Yes
No
Uncertain

The correct answer in this case would be uncertain.

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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:

The words BENEVOLENT and MAGNANIMOUS have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

The correct answer is similar.

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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

The answer would be $15.

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How the Test Is Scored

Scoring Breakdown

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

Here is a quick breakdown of the scoring on the WPT-Q:

Number of questions: 30

Points per question: 1.66

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.

2. Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R)

Here is a quick breakdown of the scoring on the WPT-R:

Number of questions: 50

Points per question: 1

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.

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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:

• The average score is a 21 (under 50% of the questions answered correctly).


• 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.

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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

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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.

2. Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4. Do as many practice questions as you can. Each chapter contains multiple


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.

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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.

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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

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

Kevin shook hands with Margaret.


Margaret shook hands with Steven.

Kevin 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

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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

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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

8. LARGE is to ELEPHANT as __?__ is to MOUSE.

FAST
GARGANTUAN
QUICK
SMALL
BROWN

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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 is from Spain.


Randy has dual citizenship.

Randy has Spanish and American citizenship.

yes
no
uncertain

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12. What is the next number in the series?

129 116 103 90 77 __?__

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 milk to do not buy

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

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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

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

active
steady
vibrant
idle
animated

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

1 .29 .087 1.01 .22

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

$0.88
$0.96
$0.98
$1.04
$1.16

20. PART is to WHOLE as __?__ is to FOREST.

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

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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?

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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

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

similar
contradictory
unrelated

29. Which THREE of the following words have similar 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

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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?

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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

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

agile
rigid
athletic
fleet
dispirited

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37. Replace the in the boxed series.

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

opaque
hazy
ambitious
clear
obscure

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

RUN
BREATHE
SNEEZE
PONDER
CHOKE

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

All employees of the company must wear a suit.


Brantley is an employee of the company.

Brantley wears a suit.

yes
no
uncertain

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

.33 .3 1 1.3 33

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

PASSIONATE
HAPPY
FRUSTRATED
SAD
ENRAGED

43. HAPPY is to SAD as __?__ is to SHALLOW

BIG
UP
LONG
HIGH
DEEP

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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?

Employees at XYZ corp must take classes to earn a raise.


Stacy earned a raise at XYZ corp.

Stacy took classes.

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

47. The words CONFLICTING and INCONSISTENT have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

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

moist
damp
arid
dry
humid

49. The seventh month of the year is:

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.

Whales breathe oxygen.

yes
no
uncertain

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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?

Kevin shook hands with Margaret.


Margaret shook hands with Steven.

Kevin shook hands with Steven.

yes
no
uncertain

LOGIC – DEDUCTIVE REASONING

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

3
4
5
6
7

WORD PROBLEMS – DECIMALS

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

similar
contradictory
unrelated

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SIMILAR/CONTRADICTORY WORD


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

GENERAL KNLOWEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – FINDING


DUPLICATES

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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

6. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – DATES

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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

WORD PROBLEMS – ALGEBRAIC

8. LARGE is to ELEPHANT as __?__ is to MOUSE.

FAST
GARGANTUAN
QUICK
SMALL
BROWN

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANALOGIES

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

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANTONYMS

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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

WORD PROBLEMS – ALGEBRAIC

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

Randy is from Spain.


Randy has dual citizenship.

Randy has Spanish and American citizenship.

yes
no
uncertain

LOGIC – DEDUCTIVE REASONING

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12. What is the next number in the series?

129 116 103 90 77 __?__

56
60
64
68
72

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – PATTERNS

13. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which
word should come JUST BEFORE “to”?

forget milk to do not buy

forget
buy
do
milk
not

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – REARRANGING SENTENCES

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

WORD PROBLEMS – ALGEBRAIC

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

similar
contradictory
unrelated

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SIMILAR/CONTRADICTORY WORD


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

WORD PROBLEMS – RATIO

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

active
steady
vibrant
idle
animated

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SYNONYMS

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

1 .29 .087 1.01 .22

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – ORDERING

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

$0.88
$0.96
$0.98
$1.04
$1.16

WORD PROBLEMS – DECIMALS

20. PART is to WHOLE as __?__ is to FOREST.

BIRD
SKY
TREE
WILDLIFE
RAIN

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANALOGIES

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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

WORD PROBLEMS – AVERAGE

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

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANTONYMS

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%

WORD PROBLEMS – PERCENTAGES

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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?

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – GRAPHS

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

HARD
SIMPLE
HOLD
LEARN
BRAIN

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANALOGIES

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

LOGIC – SPATIAL REASONING

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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

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANTONYMS

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

similar
contradictory
unrelated

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SIMILAR/CONTRADICTORY WORD


MEANINGS

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

cloudy
foggy
lucid
clear
evident

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SYNONYMS

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

RUNT
FRIEND
PLAY
NAIL
DOG

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE - ANALOGIES

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

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANTONYMS

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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?

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – GRAPHS

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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

LOGIC – SPATIAL REASONING

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

WORD PROBLEMS – ALGEBRAIC

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

agile
rigid
athletic
fleet
dispirited

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SYNONYMS

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37. Replace the in the boxed series.

LOGIC – SHAPE PATTERNS

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

opaque
hazy
ambitious
clear
obscure

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SYNONYMS

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

RUN
BREATHE
SNEEZE
PONDER
CHOKE

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANALOGIES

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

All employees of the company must wear a suit.


Brantley is an employee of the company.

Brantley wears a suit.

yes
no
uncertain

LOGIC – DEDUCTIVE REASONING

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

.33 .3 1 1.3 33

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – ORDERING

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

PASSIONATE
HAPPY
FRUSTRATED
SAD
ENRAGED

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – ANALOGIES

43. HAPPY is to SAD as __?__ is to SHALLOW

BIG
UP
LONG
HIGH
DEEP

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE - ANALOGIES

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

WORD PROBLEMS – ALGEBRAIC

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

Employees at XYZ corp must take classes to earn a raise.


Stacy earned a raise at XYZ corp.

Stacy took classes.

yes
no
uncertain

LOGIC – DEDUCTIVE REASONING

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

$0.52
$0.78
$1.04
$1.30
$1.56

WORD PROBLEMS – DECIMALS

47. The words CONFLICTING and INCONSISTENT have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SIMILAR/CONTRADICTORY WORD


MEANINGS

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

moist
damp
arid
dry
humid

ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE – SYNONYMS

49. The seventh month of the year is:

June
July
August
September
October

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & QUICK RECOGNITION – MONTHS

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

A whale is a mammal.
All mammals breathe oxygen.

Whales breathe oxygen.

yes
no
uncertain

LOGIC – DEDUCTIVE REASONING

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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.

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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:

1) You have 14 seconds per question.

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 is a difficult question, but it is only worth 1 point.

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This question at the end of the test that you may not have had a chance to get to was
also worth 1 point:

49. The seventh month of the year is:

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.

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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.

The last page of the test looks like this:

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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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General Knowledge
& Quick
Recognition

20% of the Test


6 Types of Q’s
Let’s look at the first question group, General Knowledge & Quick Recognition
Questions…

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Month
s

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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.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Memorization Makes It


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

4. April 10. October

5. May 11. November

6. June 12. December

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.

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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

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1. The seventh month of the year is:

June
July
August
September
October

2. The fifth month of the year is:

May
June
July
August
September

3. The eleventh month of the year is:

September
October
November
December
January

4. The third month of the year is:

July
May
November
February
March

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5. The ninth month of the year is:

September
October
March
November
February

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Answers & Explanations

1. The seventh month of the year is:

June
July
August
September
October

2. The fifth month of the year is:

May
June
July
August
September

3. The eleventh month of the year is:

September
October
November
December
January

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4. The third month of the year is:

July
May
November
February
March

5. The ninth month of the year is:

September
October
March
November
February

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Date
s
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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.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Chunk It

1. Eliminate by year: Go through each answer choice, keeping only the answer
choices with the earliest (or latest depending on the question) year.

2. Eliminate remaining answer choices by month: Look at each remaining choice


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.

Let’s walk through an example where we employ this strategy…

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Example Question

Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

2. Eliminate remaining answer choices by month. We have three remaining


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

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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.

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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

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1. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

3. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

5. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

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Answers & Explanations

1. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Duplicate
s

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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.

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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.

Brian, J Brian, J. Not a Duplicate – Punctuation


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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Answers & Explanations

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

Smith, C. W. Smith, CW Not a Duplicate – Punctuation


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?

Pitt, D. Pitts, D. Not a Duplicate – Spelling


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

1
2
3
4
5

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

901284 901284 Duplicate


723998 723998 Duplicate
437982 437.982 Not a Duplicate – Decimal
739128 738129 Not a Duplicate – Order
381290 381290 Duplicate

1
2
3
4
5

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

Odessa. Odezza. Not a Duplicate – Spelling


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

1
2
3
4
5

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

90-133 90.133 Not a Duplicate –Punctuation


100101 100101 Duplicate
321312 321322 Not a Duplicate – Numbers
458798 459878 Not a Duplicate – Order
22.2222 222.222 Not a Duplicate – Value

1
2
3
4
5

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Patter
ns

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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.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Number Jumping

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.

Let’s illustrate this with a quick example:

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Example Question
What is the next number in the series?

3 6 12 24 48 __?__

64
96
112
184
222

1. Look at the first two numbers in the series.

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

2. Check by applying these operations to the next numbers in the sequence.

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

Multiply by 2  6 x 2 = 12 (this is our pattern!)


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

Our answer is 96.

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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
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1. What is the next number in the series?

11 14 16 19 21 __?__

23
24
25
26
27

2. What is the next number in the series?

7 14 21 28 35 __?__

42
43
44
45
46

3. What is the next number in the series?

1/576 1/288 1/144 1/72 1/36 __?__

1/28
1/24
1/18
1/12
1/8

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4. What is the next number in the series?

109 97 85 73 61 __?__

45
47
49
55
59

5. What is the next number in the series?

1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 __?__

1/24
1/28
1/32
1/36
1/40

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Answers & Explanations

1. What is the next number in the series?

11 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 19 (+2) 21 (+3 = 24)

23
24
25
26
27

2. What is the next number in the series?

7 (+7) 14 (+7) 21 (+7) 28 (+7) 35 (+7 = 42)

42
43
44
45
46

3. What is the next number in the series?

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.

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4. What is the next number in the series?

109 (-12) 97 (-12) 85 (-12) 73 (-12) 61 (-12 = 49)

45
47
49
55
59

5. What is the next number in the series?

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.

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Ordering

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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.

Comparing the relative sizes of decimal numbers is fairly straightforward as long as


you keep place value in mind. We will review this skill and then jump into our Beat
the Wonderlic strategy for ordering decimals…

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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.

Let’s look at an example…

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Example Question

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

1.605 1.64 .988 1.051 0.865

1. Put the numbers in a table.

1 . 6 0 5
1 . 6 4
0 . 9 8 8
1 . 0 5 1
0 . 8 6 5

2. Add zeroes for empty digits.

1 . 6 0 5
1 . 6 4 0
0 . 9 8 8
1 . 0 5 1
0 . 8 6 5

3. Read from left to right.


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

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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.

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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

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

.19 .51 .501 .07 .0179

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

.6 .491 .9 .33 .8011

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

.45 .4 .512 4 4.5

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

.09 .9 .91 .3 .25

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

614 418 90.81 199 91.2

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Answers & Explanations

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

.19 .51 .501 .07 .0179

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

.6 .491 .9 .33 .8011

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

.45 .4 .512 4 4.5

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

.09 .9 .91 .3 .25

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

614 418 90.81 199 91.2

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Graph
s

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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.

Skill Review – Reading Line Graphs

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.

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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:

1. Check the largest amount to eliminate wrong answer choices. Go through


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.

We recommend writing A, B, C, D, E on scrap paper before the exam. Then, as you


eliminate answer choices, cross off the corresponding letters.

Let’s put this strategy to work in an example question:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

3. In a 3-week period, the number of visitors (in thousands) to Harvey’s Restaurant


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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

3. In a 3-week period, the number of visitors (in thousands) to Harvey’s Restaurant


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.

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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.

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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

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1. Which of the following is the EARLIEST date?

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

2. What is the next number in the series?

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

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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?

5. The tenth month of the year is:

June
July
August
September
October

6. What is the next number in the series?

1/352 1/176 1/88 1/44 1/22 __?__

1/9
1/10
1/11
1/12
1/13

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

.5 .33 .250 .115 .6

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?

9. What is the next number in the series?

108 95 82 69 56 __?__

30
35
38
41
43

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

.21 .22 .205 .215 .3

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Answers & Explanations

1. Which of the following is the EARLIEST date?

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

2. What is the next number in the series?

1 (+4) 5 (+3) 8 (+4) 12 (+3) 15 (+4 = 19)

18
19
20
21
22

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

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


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.

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5. The tenth month of the year is:

June
July
August
September
October

6. What is the next number in the series?

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

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

.5 .33 .250 .115 .6

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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.

9. What is the next number in the series?

108 (-13) 95 (-13) 82 (-13) 69 (-13) 56 (-13 = 43)

30
35
38
41
43

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

.21 .22 .205 .215 .3

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Logi
c
20% of the Test
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4 Types of Q’s

Let’s look at the next question group, Logic Questions…

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Deductive
Reasonin
g

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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.

Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Deductive Reasoning Made


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”.

Let’s look at an example…

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Example Question

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

Kevin shook hands with Margaret.


Margaret shook hands with Steven.

Kevin 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.

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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

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

All tigers are cats.


All cats are gray.

All tigers are gray.

yes
no
uncertain

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

All students at St. Joseph’s High School wear brown shoes.


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

Meagan wears black shoes.

yes
no
uncertain

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

Ryan lives in New York.


Steven lives in California.

Ryan visits Steven in California.

yes
no
uncertain

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

Tyler is in line behind Brian.


Brian is in line behind Jerome.

Jerome is in line in front of Tyler.

yes
no
uncertain

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

All fish can swim.


Whales can swim.

Whales are fish.

yes
no
uncertain

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Answers & Explanations

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

All tigers are cats.


All cats are gray.

All tigers 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?

All students at St. Joseph’s High School wear brown shoes.


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

Meagan wears black shoes.

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.

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

Ryan lives in New York.


Steven lives in California.

Ryan visits Steven 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?

Tyler is in line behind Brian.


Brian is in line behind Jerome.

Jerome is in line in front of Tyler.

yes
no
uncertain

We can answer this one by drawing a picture. Take each statement and mark it on a
piece of paper:

Tyler is in line behind Brian  B – T


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.

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

All fish can swim.


Whales can swim.

Whales are fish.

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
Reasonin
g

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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.

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

When attacking spatial reasoning questions on the Wonderlic, it is important to


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.

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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.

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The correct answer would look like this on your test:

A B C D E

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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

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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

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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

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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

Eliminate shapes that don’t fit  Eliminate D

Eliminate shapes that don’t complete the shape  Eliminate 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

Eliminate shapes that don’t fit  Eliminate C and D

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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

Eliminate shapes that don’t fit  Eliminate A

Eliminate shapes that don’t complete the shape  Eliminate D

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

Eliminate shapes that don’t fit  Eliminate E

Eliminate shapes that don’t complete the shape  Eliminate B

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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

Eliminate shapes that don’t fit  Eliminate D

Eliminate shapes that don’t complete the shape  Eliminate B

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Shape
Patterns

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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:

Replace the in the boxed series.

Let’s take a look at how we would approach this question as well as provide an
example walkthrough.

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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.

As in previous questions, we recommend entering the test with A, B, C, D, E written


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.

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Example Question

Replace the in the boxed series.

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 the 1st, 2nd, and 5th answer choices.

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.

Eliminate the 4th answer choice.

Our answer would look like this:

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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.

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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

Also remember to mark A, B, C, D, E on scrap paper to make elimination easier.

5 Questions
70 Seconds

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1. Replace the in the boxed series.

2. Replace the in the boxed series.

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3. Replace the in the boxed series.

4. Replace the in the boxed series.

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5. Replace the in the boxed series.

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Answers & Explanations

1. Replace the in the boxed series.

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.

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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.

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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.

Eliminate by small hand. The small hand moves counter-clockwise 1 space.


The correct answer choice will have the small hand between 9:00 and 6:00. The
5th answer choice is correct.

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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.

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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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3D
Shapes

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3D Shapes

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.

Here is one of the questions you encountered in the diagnostic test:


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.

The correct answer for this question is B.

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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

Also remember to mark A, B, C, D, E on scrap paper to make elimination easier.

5 Questions
70 Seconds

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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

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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

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5. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch
the corner “X”?

A
B
C
D
E

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Answers & Explanations

1. After folding these squares into a closed cube, which shaded corner would touch
the corner “X”?

A
B
C
D
E

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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

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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

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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

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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?

All firemen are brave.


David is not brave.

David is not a fireman.

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.

John does not need a special license to drive the truck.

Yes
No
Uncertain

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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?

John greets Stacy at the party and takes her coat.


Ryan greets Brittany at the party and takes her coat.

Brittany’s coat and John’s coat are in the closet.

Yes
No
Uncertain

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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

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8. Replace the in the boxed series.

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

All executives must have an MBA.


Carol is an executive.

Carol has an MBA.

yes
no
uncertain

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

All students at St. John’s wear blue slacks.


Courtney is a student at St. John’s.

Courtney wears blue slacks.

Yes
No
Uncertain

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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

Eliminate shapes that do not fit  Eliminate the B and D

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

All firemen are brave.


David is not brave.

David is not a fireman.

Yes
No
Uncertain

Explanation: If all firemen are brave, then David must be brave to be a fireman.

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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.

John does not need a special license to drive the truck.

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

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

John greets Stacy at the party and takes her coat.


Ryan greets Brittany at the party and takes her coat.

Brittany’s coat and John’s coat are in the closet.

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

Eliminate shapes the do not fit  Eliminate the C

Eliminate shapes that do not complete the shape  Eliminate B

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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.

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.

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

All executives must have an MBA.


Carol is an executive.

Carol has an MBA.

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?

All students at St. John’s wear blue slacks.


Courtney is a student at St. John’s.

Courtney wears blue slacks.

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.

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English
Knowledg
e
Questions
40% of the Test
5 Types of Q’s
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Let’s look at the next question group, English Knowledge Questions…

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…

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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.

Let’s walk through an example…

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Example Question

The words OBLIGATORY and UNNECESSARY have __?__ meanings.

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”.

Our answer would be contradictory.

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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.

Let’s look at an example…

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Example Question

The words BENEVOLENT and MALEVOLENT have __?__ meanings.

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  -

2. Compare the values. My values (+ and -) are opposite, so my answer is most


likely contradictory meanings.

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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

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1. The words MOLLIFY and EXACERBATE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

2. The words AMBIGUOUS and OBSCURE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

3. The words ABOMINABLE and LOATHSOME have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

4. The words FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

5. The words SOPHOMORIC and MATURE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

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Answers & Explanations

1. The words MOLLIFY and EXACERBATE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Mollify: to soften ones temper; appease; make better


Exacerbate: to make a situation worse

2. The words AMBIGUOUS and OBSCURE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Ambiguous: having several possible meanings or interpretations


Obscure: unclear

3. The words ABOMINABLE and LOATHSOME have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Abominable: detestable; repugnant


Loathsome: revolting; repulsive

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4. The words FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Flammable: describing an object that can catch on fire


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.

5. The words SOPHOMORIC and MATURE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Sophomoric: juvenile; immature


Mature: complete in growth or development

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Antonym
s

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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?

We have some strategies to help you…

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Beat the Wonderlic Strategy – Decoding Antonyms

1. Eliminate answer choices that do not have a clear antonym. Immediately


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.

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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

2. Eliminate any close synonyms in the answer choices. Incredulous and


doubtful are synonyms. We can eliminate both of them.

confident
doubtful
incredulous
marveled
fleeting

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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)

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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

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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?

The new restaurant downtown is seemingly always crowded, causing hopeful


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

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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
ominous
threatening
dark
muddy

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

The customer was disappointed by the prodigious customer support provided by


the business and recommended their services to friends and family.

ambivalent
extraordinary
shoddy
immense
vast

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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 (-).

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


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?

The new restaurant downtown is seemingly always crowded, causing hopeful


patrons to queue outside for hours just to secure a table at the abhorred (-) new
establishment.

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


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.

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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.

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


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 (-).

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


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.

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

The customer was disappointed by the prodigious (+) customer support


provided by the business and recommended their services to friends and family.

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


ambivalent ambivalent ambivalent ambivalent
extraordinary extraordinary extraordinary extraordinary (+)
shoddy shoddy shoddy shoddy (-)
immense immense immense immense
vast vast vast vast

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Synonym
s

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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.

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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.

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Example Question

Which THREE of the following words have similar meanings?

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.

2. Eliminate outliers. Ambitious was an outlier as I have trouble relating it to any of


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.

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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.

Hazy: I have described cloudy days with poor visibility as “hazy”.

Obscure: I have heard this word used interchangeably with weird/ difficult to
understand.

With all of this in mind, I am confident that my 3 similar words are:

opaque
hazy
ambitious
clear
obscure

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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

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

harmonious
pastoral
aggressive
combative
bellicose

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

consume
intake
retain
explode
radiate

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

distressed
confident
anguished
assured
disturbed

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

deal
enterprise
persist
resist
investment

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

punish
fault
advance
continue
endure

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Answers & Explanations

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

+/-
harmonious harmonious (+)
pastoral pastoral (+)
aggressive aggressive (-)
combative combative (-)
bellicose bellicose (-)

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

Context
consume going in
intake going in
retain going in
explode coming out
radiate coming out

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

+/-
distressed distressed (-)
confident confident (+)
anguished anguished (-)
assured assured (+)
disturbed disturbed (-)

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

Outliers
deal deal
enterprise enterprise
persist persist
resist resist
investment investment

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

+/-
punish punish (-)
fault fault (-)
advance advance (+)
continue continue (+)
endure endure (+)

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Rearrangin
g
Sentences

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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 milk to do not buy

forget
buy
do
milk
not

1. Rearrange words to create a complete sentence.

forget milk to do not buy  do not forget to buy milk

2. Identify correct word. We need to find the word that comes just before “to”. We
see that the correct word is “forget”.

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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.

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1. Order of difficulty

2. Elimination

3. Guessing

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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 please for your

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”?

need store go to I to the

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”?

you for dinner the thank delicious

for
dinner
the
thank
delicious

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4. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “lot”?

a cats lot require of sleep

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 be

sport
a
can
dangerous
football

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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 please for your

mother
door
the
open
your

Please open the door for your mother.

2. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “need”?

need store go to I to the

store
go
to
I
the

I need to go to the store.

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3. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “you”?

you for dinner the thank delicious

for
dinner
the
thank
delicious

Thank you for the delicious dinner

4. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “lot”?

a cats lot require sleep of

a
cats
require
of
sleep

Cats require a lot of sleep.

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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 be

sport
a
can
dangerous
football

Football can be a dangerous sport.

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Analogie
s

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Analogies

Analogies tend to scare test takers. We encourage you to not fear these problems on
the Wonderlic.

Here is one of the analogies you saw on the diagnostic test:

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

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.

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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

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

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.

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Practice Questions
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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

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1. MOUSE is to CAT as __?__ is to POLICE.

COP
ARREST
CRIMINAL
CHASE
SIREN

2. HUNGER is to FOOD as __?__ is to DRINK.

QUENCH
SATIATE
FULL
EAT
THIRST

3. GASOLINE is to FIRE as __?__ is to POISON IVY.

THWART
RESOLVE
SCRATCH
OINTMENT
WATER

4. SHORT is to TALL as __?__ is to SLOW.

FAT
FAST
LARGE
RUN
BACKWARDS

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5. EYES is to READ as __?__ is to TRANSPORT.

LEARN
SHOE
BRAIN
CAR
HEARING

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Answers & Explanations

1. MOUSE is to CAT as __?__ is to POLICE.

COP
ARREST
CRIMINAL
CHASE
SIREN

Relationship sentence:
A MOUSE gets chased by a CAT.
A [BLANK] gets chased by POLICE.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is CRIMINAL.

2. HUNGER is to FOOD as __?__ is to DRINK.

QUENCH
SATIATE
FULL
EAT
THIRST

Relationship sentence:
HUNGER is quenched by FOOD.
[BLANK] is quenched by DRINK.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is THIRST.

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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.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is SCRATCH.

4. SHORT is to TALL as __?__ is to SLOW.

FAT
FAST
LARGE
RUN
BACKWARDS

Relationship sentence:
SHORT is the opposite of TALL.
[BLANK] is the opposite of SLOW.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is FAST.

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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.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is CAR.

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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

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1. The words IMPERVIOUS and IMPENETRABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

2. ENGLISH is to LANGUAGE as __?__ is to MATHEMATICS.

ALGEBRA
LEARN
DIFFICULT
CALCULATE
ADD

3. SNOW is to PRECIPITATION as __?__ is to CAR.

DRIVE
ROOF
CLOUD
SEDAN
TRAIN

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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

5. The words AID and ANTAGONIZE have __?__ meanings.

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 fun sport winter

is
a
skiing
sport
winter

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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?

A good team leader always gives complicated directions.

complex
convoluted
straightforward
unintelligible
strong

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

plain
interesting
normal
original
conventional

10. WET is to WATER as __?__ is to ROCK.

ROUND
DRY
HARD
BRICK
DIRT

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Answers & Explanations

1. The words IMPERVIOUS and IMPENETRABLE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Impervious: not permitting passage


Impenetrable: inaccessible

2. ENGLISH is to LANGUAGE as __?__ is to MATHEMATICS.

ALGEBRA
LEARN
DIFFICULT
CALCULATE
ADD

Relationship sentence:
ENGLISH is a type of LANGUAGE.
[BLANK] is a type of MATHEMATICS.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is ALGEBRA.

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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.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is SEDAN.

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.

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


cute cute cute cute (+)
striped striped striped striped
affectionate affectionate affectionate affectionate
friendly friendly friendly friendly
feral feral feral feral (-)

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5. The words AID and ANTAGONIZE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Aid: to provide support or help


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 fun sport winter

is
a
skiing
sport
winter

Skiing is a fun winter sport.

-or-

A fun winter sport is skiing.

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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?

A good team leader always gives complicated (-) directions.

No Clear Antonym Synonyms +/-


complex complex complex complex
convoluted convoluted convoluted convoluted
straightforward straightforward straightforward straightforward (+)
unintelligible unintelligible unintelligible unintelligible (-)
strong strong strong strong (+)

We have straightforward and strong left. Straightforward is the best answer as


it is the clearest opposite of complicated.

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

plain
interesting
normal
original
conventional

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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.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is HARD.

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Word
Proble
ms
20% of the Test
6 Types of Q’s
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Decimal
s

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Decimals

The Wonderlic will require you to be comfortable with mathematical operations


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…

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Skill Review – Multiplying Decimals

To multiply decimals, follow these steps:

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.

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Example Question

A pack of paper costs $1.12. 4 packs will cost __?__.

$4.08
$4.12
$4.24
$4.36
$4.48

1. Multiply and ignore the decimal points.

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

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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.

A pack of paper costs $1.12. 4 packs will cost __?__.

$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.

I simply multiply the numbers after the decimal:

12 x 4 = 48

I now know my answer must end in 48. $4.48 must be the correct answer.

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Skill Review – Dividing Decimals

In order to divide numbers with 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.

2. Divide. Then divide like you would any whole number.

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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

Our final answer is 4.

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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.

Say we have the example problem in the previous section:

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

3
4
5
6
7

1. Multiply answers by the first part of the problem. Instead of dividing, I am


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.

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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

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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. A box of paperclips costs $1.15. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$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

4. A pack of pencils costs 14 cents. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$0.42
$0.45
$0.48
$0.52
$0.58

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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

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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

Move the decimal.

$2.10 ÷ $0.35

$2.10 ÷ $0.35  210 ÷ 35

Divide.

210 ÷ 35 = 6

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2. A box of paperclips costs $1.15. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$3.05
$3.15
$3.30
$3.33
$3.45

Multiply and ignore the decimal points.

1_
1.15
x 3
345

Place the decimal.

1.15  2 spaces
x 34  0 spaces
345  must be 2 spaces

345  3.45

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3. Paper sells for $0.32 per pack. How many feet of rope can you buy with $1.28?

3
4
5
6
7

Move the decimal.

$1.28 ÷ $0.32

$1.28 ÷ $0.32  128 ÷ 32


Divide.

128 ÷ 32 = 4

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4. A pack of pencils costs 14 cents. 3 packs will cost __?__.

$0.42
$0.45
$0.48
$0.52
$0.58

Multiply and ignore the decimal points.

1_
0.14
x 3
42

Place the decimal.

1.14  2 spaces
x 3  0 spaces
42  must be 2 spaces

42  .42

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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

Move the decimal.

$3.72 ÷ $1.24

$3.72 ÷ $1.24  372 ÷ 124


Divide.

372 ÷ 124 = 3

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Rati
o
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Ratio

Ratio/rate word problems are the most common type of word problem on the
Wonderlic.

Ratio problems present a particular set of circumstances where something is being


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.

Here is a ratio problem you saw on the diagnostic test:

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.

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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.

Your objectives in this question type are:

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.

Let’s look at an example of this strategy in action.

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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

Our answer is 180 feet.

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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

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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

4. 7 feet of rope costs $21.00. 4 feet will cost __?__.

$10.00
$12.00
$16.00
$21.00
$28.00

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5. A train travels 65 feet in 1/2 second. In 4 seconds, the train will have traveled
__?__ feet.

390
420
480
520
580

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Answers & Explanations

1. The total cost of 4 binders is $14.00. 6 binders will cost __?__.

$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

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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

Extrapolate. Now that we know it takes 12 hours to train 1 mechanic, we can


solve for 8 mechanics. We multiply 12 hours by 8 mechanics.

12 x 8 = 96

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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

4. 7 feet of rope costs $21.00. 4 feet will cost __?__.

$10.00
$12.00
$16.00
$21.00
$28.00

Get to 1. If 7 feet of rope costs $21.00 then 1 foot = $21.00 ÷ 7.

$21.00 ÷ 7 = $3.00

Extrapolate. If 1 foot is $3.00, then 4 feet will cost $3.00 x 4 feet.

$3.00 x 4 = $12.00

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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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Averag
e

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Average

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.

Let’s review how to calculate average.

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Skill Review – Calculating Average

Finding the average of a set of numbers involves two steps:

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.

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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

Add all of the numbers.

1,300 + 800 + 1,200 + 1,700 = 5,000

Divide. We added 4 numbers so we need to divide our total (5,000) by 4.

5,000 ÷ 4 = 1,250

Our final answer is 1,250.

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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

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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

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

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°

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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

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

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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

Add. We add the numbers in the problem.

45 + 35 + 40 = 120

Divide. We divide by the total number of numbers we added (3).

120 ÷ 3 = 40

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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

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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°

Add. We add the numbers in the problem.

200 + 225 + 275 + 300 = 1,000

Divide. We divide by the number of numbers we added (4).

1,000 ÷ 4 = 250

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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.

300 + (300 +100) + (300 + 100 + 100)

= 300 + 400 + 500

= 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

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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

In this problem, we have consecutive numbers (numbers that go in order). When


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

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Percentage
s

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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?)

We are going to go over how to solve each…

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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.

To convert a percent into a decimal we follow three easy steps:

1. Remove the percent sign.

2. Move the decimal two spaces to the left.

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

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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.

2. Extrapolate. If 10% is 20, then 40% is 4 times that.

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

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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.

Fraction Decimal Percentage


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 “/”.

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2. Simplify. The fraction must be in its simplest form. Reduce if it is not.

3. Apply fraction equivalencies. Refer to the fraction – decimal – percentage


equivalents table above.

Let’s take a look at an example.

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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%.

The closest answer choice to 75% is 77.5%. This is our answer.

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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

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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

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%

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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%

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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

Find 10%. 10% of 90 games is 9.

Extrapolate. If 10% is 9, then 80% is (8 x 9 = 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.

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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.

Since we have 1 zero in the denominator, 33%  3.3%.

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

Find 10%. 10% of 1,200 visitors is 120.

Extrapolate. If 10% is 120, then 20% is (2 x 120 = 240)

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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%

This question may seem overwhelming since our numbers in presented as


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%

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Algebraic

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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.

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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).

So, here are the steps we take to solve this problem:

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.

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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?”

Here is the problem you saw in the diagnostic test:

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

To solve this problem type, you need to follow three steps:

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

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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.

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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.

Let’s look at an example.

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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.

2. Describe the problem with an equation. In words:

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:

If they split it proportionally, Investor Y invested $8,000 out of ($6,000 + $2,000 +


$8,000 + $4,000 = $20,000) = 20%

40% of profits = 0.4 x $100,000 = $40,000

So, our equation now looks like:

The correct answer = ($40,000) – (how much investor Y makes if they split profits
evenly)

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If evenly:

If they split it evenly, then they each get 25%

25% of profits = 0.25 x $100,000 = $25,000

So, our equation now looks like:

The correct answer = ($40,000) – ($25,000)

Solve.

The correct answer = ($40,000) – ($25,000)

$15,000 = ($40,000) – ($25,000)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

2. Describe the problem with an equation. In words:

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:

If they split it proportionally, Investor Y invested $30,000 out of ($1,000 + $3,000


+ $30,000 + $6,000 = $40,000) = 75%

75% of profits = 0.75 x $120,000 = $90,000

So, our equation now looks like:

The correct answer = ($90,000) – (how much investor Y makes if they split
profits evenly)

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If evenly:

If they split it evenly, then they each get 25%

25% of profits = 0.25 x $120,000 = $30,000

So, our equation now looks like:

The correct answer = ($90,000) – ($30,000)

Solve.

The correct answer = ($90,000) – ($30,000)

$60,000 = ($90,000) – ($30,000)

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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:

adults + children = 3,000 total people

- also –

some number of $10 adult tickets + some number of $5.00 child tickets

Equations: We will need to set up 2 equations.

a + c = 3,000

10a + 5c = 25,000

Isolate one variable in the first equation.

a + c = 3,000

 a = 3,000 – c

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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.

30,000 – 10c + 5c = 25,000

-5c = -5,000

c = 1,000

1,000 children attended the fair.

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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

1. What do we need to find? The number of parts sold.

2. Describe the problem with an equation and work through the problem.

Profits ÷ $3.00 = number of parts sold

We need to calculate the profit in order to solve. We know profit is dollars in –


dollars out ($1,800 – $600 = $1,200).

Now our equation is:

$1,200 ÷ $3.00 = number of parts sold

$1,200 ÷ $3.00 = 400 parts sold

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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.

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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

1. Establish 2 variables that describe the relationship of the items that


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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10. A car travels 20 feet in 1/4 second. In 2 seconds it will have traveled __?__ feet.

60
80
120
160
180

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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.

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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

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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

1. What do we need to find? The number of collector’s items involved.

2. Describe the problem with an equation and work through the problem.

Profits ÷ $80.00 = number of items involved

We need to calculate the profit in order to solve. We know profit is dollars in –


dollars out ($8,200 – $5,000 = $3,200).

Now our equation is:

$3,200 ÷ $80.00 = number of collector’s items involved

$3,200 ÷ $80.00 = 40

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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.

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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

1. Find 10%. We move the decimal one space to the left.

10% of 80 = 8

2. Extrapolate. If 10% is 8, then 40% is 4 times that.

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

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6. Ribbon sells for $0.22 per foot. How many feet of ribbon can you buy with $0.88?

4
5
6
7
8

The equation in this problem would look like:

$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

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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.

1,300 + 1,400 + 700 + 600 = 4,000

Divide.

4,000 ÷ 4 = 1,000

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Questions
1. The words DECEIVE and DECIDE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

2. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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?

Warehouse managers are required to wear hardhats.


Janice is a warehouse manager.

Janice wears a hardhat.

yes
no
uncertain

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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?

6. ELECTRICITY is to WIRE as __?__ is to PIPE.

TUBE
CURRENT
FLOW
WATER
PLUMBER

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7. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “the”?

mat feet the your wipe on

Mat
Feet
Your
Wipe
On

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

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

10. The words CLAIM and RELINQUISH have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

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

All marketers are creative.


Kevin is not creative.

Kevin is not a marketer.

yes
no
uncertain

12. Which of the following is the latest date?

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?

When pitching your company to an investor, it is important to be vague about


your product and target market.

wavering
unclear
dishonest
clear
conservative

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14. What is the next number in the series?

101 89 77 65 53 __?__

41
39
35
31
29

15. COURAGE is to SOLDIER as __?__ is to TRAITOR.

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

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17. Replace the in the boxed series.

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

nurture
grow
mentor
stifle
thwart

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

9 .6 1 .51 3

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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

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23. What is the next number in the series?

1/512 1/256 1/128 1/64 1/32 __?__

1/2
1/4
1/8
1/16
1

24. CREATE is to DESTROY as __?__ is to DEEP.

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

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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

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

advance
divide
derive
evolve
improve

30. The words REVIEW and RENEW have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

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
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

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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?

Jamal types very fast.


Stewart types faster than Karen and Jamal.

Jamal types faster than Karen.

yes
no
uncertain

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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

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

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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

40. HUNGER is to EAT as __?__ is to PURCHASE.

MONEY
SALE
NECESSITY
STORE
NEW

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

Tom plays piano.


Tom plays two instruments.

Tom plays piano and guitar.

yes
no
uncertain

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

apprehension
lethargy
enthusiasm
excitement
fervor

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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

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

Ronald greeted Harry.


Harry greeted Samantha and Brian.

Ronald greeted 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

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

standard
volatile
normal
average
inconsistent

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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%

50. The words QUARREL and ARGUE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

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Answers

1. The words DECEIVE and DECIDE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Deceive: to purposefully mislead


Decide: to choose or agree

2. Which of the following is the earliest date?

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

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

Warehouse managers are required to wear hardhats.


Janice is a warehouse manager.

Janice wears a hardhat.

yes
no
uncertain

Explanation: If Janice is a warehouse manager and all warehouse managers must


wear hardhats, then Janice must wear a hardhat.

4. What is the next number in the series?

41(- 6) 35 (- 6) 29 (- 6) 23 (- 6) 17 (- 6 = 11)

8
9
10
11
12

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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.

6. ELECTRICITY is to WIRE as __?__ is to PIPE.

TUBE
CURRENT
FLOW
WATER
PLUMBER

Relationship sentence:
ELECTRICITY travels through a WIRE.
[BLANK] travels through a PIPE.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is WATER.

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7. Rearrange all of the words inside the box to make the best sentence. Which word
should come JUST BEFORE “the”?

mat feet the your wipe on

mat
feet
your
wipe
on

Wipe your feet on the mat.

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

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.

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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

It takes 25 hours to pack 1 truck.

Extrapolate. We now know it takes 25 hours to pack 1 truck. To pack 6 trucks:

6 x 25 = 150

10. The words CLAIM and RELINQUISH have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Claim: to take; to declare ownership over


Relinquish: to surrender; to give up

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

All marketers are creative.


Kevin is not creative.

Kevin is not a marketer.

yes
no
uncertain

Explanation: If Kevin is not creative, then he cannot be a marketer since all


marketers are creative.

12. Which of the following is the latest date?

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

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

When pitching your company to an investor, it is important to be vague (+)


about your product and target market.

+/-
wavering wavering (-)
unclear unclear (-)
dishonest dishonest (-)
clear clear (+)
conservative conservative (-)

14. What is the next number in the series?

101 (- 12) 89 (- 12) 77 (- 12) 65 (- 12) 53 (- 12 = 41)

41
39
35
31
29

15. COURAGE is to SOLDIER as __?__ is to TRAITOR.

HONESTY
DISLOYALTY
FIDELITY
LUCRATIVE
FAITHFUL

Relationship sentence:
COURAGE is a characteristic of a SOLDIER.
[BLANK] is a characteristic of a TRAITOR.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is DISLOYALTY.

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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

Extrapolate. To buy 2 tickets:

$3.25 x 2 = $6.50

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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.

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

+/-
nurture nurture (+)
grow grow (+)
mentor mentor (+)
stifle stifle (-)
thwart thwart (-)

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

9 .6 1 .51 3

20. BIRD is to SKY as FISH is to __?__.

CREATURE
SEA
FOREST
DEEP
SWIM

Relationship sentence:
a BIRD lives in the SKY.
a FISH lives in the [BLANK].

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is SEA.

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 (+)

We know the answer must be massage or mitigate. Mitigate sounds most


appropriate when plugged into the sentence in place of worsen.

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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

Eliminate answer choices that do not fit. Eliminate D and E.

23. What is the next number in the series?

1/512 (x 2) 1/256 (x 2) 1/128 (x 2) 1/64 (x 2) 1/32 (x 2 = 1/16)

1/2
1/4
1/8
1/16
1

24. CREATE is to DESTROY as __?__ is to DEEP.

WIDE
TALL
FAR
SHALLOW
OCEAN

Relationship sentence:
CREATE is the opposite of DESTROY.
[BLANK] is the opposite of DEEP.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is SHALLOW.

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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:

The total amount – amount spent on 2 managers = amount available for 4


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

Extrapolate. If 1 manager gets $70,000, then 4 managers:

4 x $70,000 = $280,000

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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.

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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:

1,500 + 700 + 1,300 + 900 = 4,400

Divide. We now divide by the total number of numbers we added. In this case,
that is 4.

4,400 ÷ 4 = 1,100

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

context
advance to move forward
divide no synonyms
derive no synonyms
evolve to move forward
improve to move forward

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30. The words REVIEW and RENEW have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Review: to examine again; to look over


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 (+)

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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

Divide. We now divide by the total number of days (7):

63 ÷ 7 = 9

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

+/-
stunning stunning (+)
aesthetic aesthetic (+)
oppressive oppressive (-)
torrid torrid (-)
sweltering sweltering (-)

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

Jamal types very fast.


Stewart types faster than Karen and Jamal.

Jamal types faster than Karen.

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

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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).

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is 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

Find 10%. We move the decimal one space to the left.

150  15

Extrapolate. If 10% is 15, then 30% is 3 times that:

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

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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

Eliminate answer choices that do not fit. Eliminate D.

A and E are the only two choices that, when combined, complete the shape on
the left.

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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.

The word that best completes our relationship sentence is NECESSITY.

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

Tom plays piano.


Tom plays two instruments.

Tom plays piano and guitar.

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.

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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

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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

What do we need to find? The number of works of art involved.

Describe the problem with an equation.

Profits ÷ $22.00 = number of works of art involved

Solve.

We need to calculate the profit in order to solve. We calculate profit as:

$3,100 – $2,000 = $1,100

Now our equation is:

$1,100 ÷ $22.00 = number of works of art

$1,100 ÷ $22.00 = 50 works of art

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

Ronald greeted Harry.


Harry greeted Samantha and Brian.

Ronald greeted 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.

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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

Establish 2 variables. In this problem, we have two shipping containers, X and


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

Set up an equation. We know that X and Y = 80 total cars. Here is how I


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.

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

+/-
standard standard (N)
volatile volatile (-)
normal normal (N)
average average (N)
inconsistent 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%

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

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50. The words QUARREL and ARGUE have __?__ meanings.

similar
contradictory
unrelated

Quarrel: to argue
Argue: to express opposite views

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