Testing Quarterbacks

Here is a sample of the famed Wonderlic test that all people trying to become an NFL quarterback have to take.

What if they had tests for other sports? What would the one for basketball cover and would point guards be the ones who would have to take it?

The Bullets, the Wizards, and Washington, DC, Basketball flyer_rev

The answer key is provided at the bottom.

1. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Not certain

The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.

2. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?

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

Nieman, K.M. Neiman, K.M.
Thomas, G.K. Thomas, C.K.
Hoff, J.P. Hoff, J.P.
Pino, L.R. Pina, L.R.
Warner, T.S. Wanner, T.S.

4. PRESERVE  RESERVEDo these words…

  1. Have similar meanings
  2. Have contradictory meanings
  3. Mean neither the same nor opposite

5. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this speed, how far will it travel in three seconds?

6. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for 60 cents?

7. The ninth month of the year is…

  1. October
  2. January
  3. June
  4. September
  5. May

8. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?

7 .8 31 .33 2

9. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

10. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000 and Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?

11. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Not certain

Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.

12. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?

13. Look at the row of numbers below. Which number should come next?

8 4 2 1 1/2 1/4 ?

14. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in…

  1. June
  2. March
  3. May
  4. November

15. One of the numbered figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure?

Wonderlic-shapes_original_originalPhoto: ESPN

Answer Key

1. True

2. 84 cents

3. 1

4. 1

5. 300 feet

6. Six feet

7. 4, September

8. .33

9. 17

10. $560

11. Not certain

12. 40 years old

13. 1/8

14. 2, March

15. 4



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